Will You Come, Lord, to My Boat? A Celtic Prayer: Thoughts on Lent 11

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 A Celtic prayer is attributed to the 10th-century Irish king, Cormac mac Cuileannáin.  Will You steer my frail black bark O'er the dark broad ocean's foam? Will You come, Lord to my boat? Where afloat, my will would roam? Yours the mighty, Yours the small, Your to make men fall like rain. God, will You grant aid to me as I come o'er the upheaving main? (This version is adapted from The Story of the Irish Race, by Seamus MacManus.) Go here to read a Celtic Prayer for Prot … [Read more...]

Still Missing: MH370 ~ Thoughts on Lent 10

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By Wendy MurrayHaving received no confirmation of wreckage and no other corroborating evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flt 370 crashed, it has been a week now since the Boeing 777 "vanished."Things may yet take a turn: a floating seat cushion may turn up or radar may pick up the muted pinging of the black box. Then we will know. Until then, we ponder.How often in a person's lifetime is one confronted with a fundamental metaphysical question: Can we accept a universe that breaks its … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 9: What’s In a Name? Pope Francis Explains

One year ago an Argentinian named Jorge Mario Bergoglio assumed the name of Francis -- or, in Italian, Francesco. For Italians, the name needs no explanation. For Americans, not so much. In the video below the Pope gives voice to his thoughts about why he took the name of Italy's most beloved saint.Post by Catholic News Service.Purchase Wendy Murray's book on Francis of Assisi -----------> See also: The Year of the Pope in Pictures … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 8: Read Well, and with a Notebook

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By Wendy MurrayI write in notebooks meaningful passages from books I read. I have volumes of these notebooks that include passages from the works of large-souled thinkers and dreamers, including George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Albert Camus, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Donne, William Shakespeare, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, James Merrill, G. K. Chesterton, St. Augustine, Anthony Trollope, William Maxwell, Willa Cather, E. M. Forester, Graham … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 7: Let My Soul Cling to You

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A prayer from Saint Augustine of Hippo from ConfessionsLet the ears of my heart move close to Your lips and let me listen to you, who are the Truth, so that you may tell me why tears are sweet to the sorrowful.How can it be that there is sweetness in the fruit we pluck from the bitter crop of life?For wherever the soul of man may turn, unless it turns to You, it clasps sorrow. Even though it clings to things of beauty, if their beauty is outside God and outside the soul, it clings … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 6: Mystery

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In the face of  "unprecedented mystery"  we turn to the great writers who convey clarity of vision beyond what eyes see.From George MacDonald's classic fantasy novel, Phantastes: Fairy Land is full of oddities and all sorts of incredibly ridiculous things, which a person is compelled to meet and treat as real existences, although at the time he feels foolish for doing so.I felt as if a cool hand had been laid upon my heart and had stilled it. My soul was like a summer evening, after a h … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 5: Where is FLT MH370?

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By Wendy Murray In general, the initial shock of hearing a jumbo jet went down in the ocean quickly transitions to the benumbed interlude of grief watching the mournful recovery of seats, suitcases, and  severed ailerons. In any case, the laws of physics have been obeyed. From that vantage point, the world still spins on its course. This is the third day in the aftermath of that initial shock of hearing a jumbo jet disappeared, Malaysia Airlines MH370. Some time between one and two hours after … [Read more...]


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