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One day Saint Therese of Jesus

in a moment of closeness to Jesus

introduced herself by saying:

“I am Therese of Jesus,”

and Jesus came back with these words,

“I am Jesus of Therese.”



Salt Figurine

The salt figurine wandered over the earth

until it came to the seam where it remained

lost in contemplation of that huge mass

of swirling water that it had never seen.

“Who are you?” it finally asked the sea.

“Come on in and see,” said the sea with a


Without further ado; it entered the sea,

and the deeper it went, the more it dissolved

until only a tiny amount of its body was left.

Just before being completely dissolved,

the figurine exclaimed,

“Now I know who you are!”




Prayer is like watching for the

Kingfisher. All we can do is

Be where he is likely to appear and


Often, nothing much happens;

There is space, silence and


No visible sign, only the

Knowledge that he's been there,

And may come again.

Seeing or not seeing cease to matter,

You have been prepared,

But sometimes when you've almost

Stopped expecting it

A flash of brightness

Gives encouragement.


From Candles and Kingfishers   Ann Lewin


God's first language is silence. Silence is magic. Beautiful things happen in the quiet. Flowers bloom, stars twinkle, grass grows, snow falls...

Billie Trinidad, in The Philippine Star, Manila


Supreme God, your light is brighter than the sun, your purity whiter than mountain snow, you are present wherever I go. All people of wisdom praise you


So I too put faith in all your words, knowing that everything you teach is true. Neither the angels in heaven nor the demons in hell, can know the perfection of your wisdom, for it is beyond all understanding. Only your Spirit knows you; only you can know your true self.


You are the source of all being, the power of all power, the ruler of all creatures. So you alone understand what you are. In your mercy reveal to me all that I need to know, in order to find peace and joy.


Tell me the truths that are necessary for the world in which I live. Show me how I can meditate upon you, learning from you the wisdom that I need. I am never tired of hearing you, because your words bring life.                                                

A Hindu prayer


Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.


Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.


Prayer is the simplest form of speech
That infant lips can try;
Prayer the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.

James Montgomery, 1818 – first 3 verses

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