Friday, July 24, 2020

Portland, Ore., rose parade canceled after 'antifascists' threaten GOP  marchers - Anchorage Daily News
The worse the world gets, the better our chances for converting it are because the better our product looks by comparison. 
When someone asks you: “Why are you a Christian?” … our answer should be … “What else is there?”



Thursday, July 16, 2020

How will we solve the racial crisis we are facing?


Parts of a Daisy Flower

Theologian G.K. Chesterton asks us to consider how God might have created daisies. Did He create them all at once with one swoop of His mighty hand? Or did He create them one-by-one, expressing childlike delight in each new flower? "In the beginning," Chesterton suggests, "God may have created one daisy, and something within Him spontaneously whispered, 'Do it again!'" ...   And daisy number two came into being. And once again God said, "Do it again!" And there was a third, and then a fourth, and then a fifth daisy. And so, He went on creating daisies. Until after a hundred billion trillion daisies, the great Almighty Creator who spun the galaxies into space and created all the animals, that same God is still creating daisies, and with childlike glee, still saying, "Do it again!"

Mother Teresa was once asked, how she was able to accomplish so much good work for the poor. “One by One,” she replied. Have you ever noticed how from seemingly insignificant beginnings movements can grow into a point of awe and wonder? That one by one, small steps can amount to spectacular outcomes?

That is how we will solve the racial crisis we are facing in this moment ...

  • one encounter at a time
  • one child educated at a time 
  • one honest heartfelt conversation at a time.  




Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Our Novena Starts Today

Blessed Beads Rosaries Kateri Tekakwitha

Today we start our 54-day novena

We picked today as the start date because it is the feast day of Kateri Tekakwitha, informally known as Lily of the Mohawks. Born in present-day New York State, she contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her family died, and her face was scarred. Which makes her the ideal patron saint for what we are all experiencing in our current pandemic. 

As a native American affected by both an epidemic and discrimination, we seek her intercession in these challenging times. Kateri converted to Catholicism at age nineteen. Because of discrimination, she left her village and moved for the remaining five years of her life to the Jesuit mission south of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River in Canada.

Upon her death at the age of 24, witnesses said that minutes later, her scars vanished, and her face appeared radiant and beautiful. 

We start this novena with the prayer in our hearts that the coronavirus will not harm any of us or our family and friends.  We are also praying that an effective vaccine is found soon.   

We will pray the Rosary for 54 consecutive days without missing a day.

We pray in petition the first 27 days asking God to hear our prayers.

Then we will pray in thanksgiving the last 27 days for His answering our prayers.




Saturday, July 11, 2020

Education is the answer ...

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Baltimore, Maryland - Home | Facebook
These are incredibly challenging times. The senseless death of George Floyd has left me shaken, angry, and wondering how yet another black person in America could die in such circumstances. Not since the 1960s have racial and ethnic tensions been so intense. This moment we are in calls for soul-searching, discourse, and action. But what action will make a real difference is the big question. 

If we truly desire to build a more equitable society, an important step is to make sure all children receive a good education regardless of where they live, their race or ethnicity, or their family income. Today, more than half the children attending U.S. public schools qualify for free and reduced-price lunch—the highest percentage ever recorded. The best way to end the cycle of poverty is a good education.

The reason I worked so hard to help bring a Cristo Rey High School to San Diego is because it exclusively serves families of limited economic means, and prepares students for the professional workforce. The school is committed to combating institutional racism to help students overcome poverty and prejudice. At Cristo Rey San Diego, 96% of registered students are students of color, with the average family income of $34,000.

It is essential that we remain people of faith, hope, and love. We must recommit ourselves to creating a society where everyone has the possibility of liberty, prosperity, and justice.

In peace,
 
Deacon Mike Daniels
Board of Directors
CRSD Feasibility Study Co-Chair

Friday, July 3, 2020

54-Day Rosary Novena


The Rosary: A Prescription for Healing – Holy Redeemer Parish
A few years ago, I prayed with a group of friends for 54 days seeking God’s guidance.  Those prayers were answered in an impressive way.  That success gave me a desire to pray another 54-Day Rosary Novena for God's protection for our community during this coronavirus outbreak, for healing of all who have been infected with coronavirus and for God to grant wisdom to scientists to find a cure for this deadly virus - quickly.

We will pray the Rosary for 54 consecutive days, without missing a day.
We pray in petition the first 27 days then in thanksgiving the last 27 days.

We have chosen a start date of July 14th because it is the feast day of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, “The Lily of the Mohawks.”  Kateri was a Native American woman born in New York.  She seems the ideal person to call to mind as we launch this novena, we end on September 5 the feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

July 14 to August 9 – we offer our petitions to God.

August 10 to September 5 – we offer prayers of thanksgiving for God’s response.






Monday, June 15, 2020

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. 

Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, one rung of the ladder.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn




Friday, June 5, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Prayer in Time of Plague

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease. At your command, the sick were made well. O Lord, we need you to come to our aid now, in the midst of the coronavirus, that we may experience your love and healing power.

Protect us, our families and homes, our church and region, from this pestilence. Let the Angel of Death pass over our homes. We trust in your saving blood, your healing Word, and your Sovereign will. Heal all those who are sick. May they regain their health and strength.

Heal us from our carelessness, that we may be mindful of the most vulnerable among us. Good Lord, give us strength and courage in this time of uncertainty, sorrow, and opportunity. Show us when to go out, and when to stay in. Deliver us from fear, which hinders us from helping our neighbors. Show each of us how to serve our neighbors in this season, and give us courage to do so. Draw people to a saving knowledge of you.

Comfort and strengthen the families of those who are sick or have died. Defend them from illness and despair. Guide and protect doctors, nurses, researchers, and all who seek to heal and help, thereby putting themselves at risk. Guide the leaders of all nations. Give them foresight to act with wisdom and charity, for the well-being of the people they serve.

Help us to be aware of your presence, Lord, in our distress. Help us to trust in your purposes. Help us to pray with wisdom and power.

Grant us your peace.
Amen.

Sunday, May 17, 2020


Wood-drake « drumtaps

These are times that challenge us to be at peace.
I found this poem today and it soothed my heart. 

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


poet Wendell Berry



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Making an Impact - Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds


This global crisis provides an opportunity to ask questions like:

In what ways is my life impacting the world for good?

Am I living a life that is in line with Jesus’ calling for my life?









Tuesday, April 28, 2020

40 Days of Retreat - Profound thoughts from a wonderful Irish saint - Saint Ita



One day one of Saint Ita’s students ask her –
What three things most please God?

Her reply:

True faith in God with a pure heart
A simple life with a grateful spirit
Generosity inspired by charity


Then her student asked her –
What three things most displease God?

She responded:

A mouth that hates people
A heart harboring resentments
Confidence in wealth



Friday, April 24, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 30

Prayer for a Pandemic, Cameron Bellm | Amormeus
Prayer for a Pandemic - By Cameron Bellm

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
Amen.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 29

History repeats itself.
This is a poem written
in 1869 and reprinted
in 1919 during the Spanish Flu Pandemic.

Written in 1869 by Kathleen O'Mara

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.

Wow ... 1869 ... reprinted in 1919




Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 28


Word Art Says So Much For The Holiday Season - Rejoice! Absolutely ...




There will be gifts from this experience

the challenge is to keep the right frame of mind.

St. Paul wrote from jail 

to the people at Philippi, 

"Rejoice in the Lord always.  

I say it again: rejoice! 

Paul urges us,

"Don't even be anxious about anything. 

Resort to prayer and supplication together with thanksgiving." 

Then he says, 

"When you do this, when you go within yourself, 

find God present in your deepest spirit, 

then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, 

keeps your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." 

In the midst of the difficulties of the world

and we are living at a very difficult time, 

This is a very important message for us today.



Monday, April 20, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 27

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, full of truth for every situation we face in life.

So as we face a world enduring quarantine, business closures and a fair amount of panic. 

God offers peace in the turmoil. 

The phrase - "do not be afraid" - is found more than 300 times ! in Scripture.

Jesus is described as the "Prince of Peace" for those who allow Him to reign over their lives.

St. Paul said the peace of God surpasses all understanding, and will guard your hearts and your minds.  (Philippians 4:7)

St Peter told us to - Cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)

As Christians our call is to be Christ to others and bring peace. 

Today reach a hand out to someone you know is fearful.




Friday, April 17, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 26


Faith in Quarantine: A Lesson from Noah | Air1 Worship Now

WORLD QUARANTINE

The Latin root of the word "quarantine" is "forty".

So what does the Bible say about 40? 

The flood lasted 40 days.

40 years Moses fled Egypt.

40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments.

Exodus lasted 40 years.   Jesus fasted for 40 days.   Lent is 40 days.

40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth.

A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents "change”.  It is the time of preparing a person, or people, to make a fundamental change.

Something will happen after these 40 days. Just believe and pray.  Remember, whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is a "change".

Please know that during this "quarantine" rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution, there is less theft and murder, healing is happening, and most importantly, people are turning to Christ.  The Earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly transforming.

So, during this time, enjoy it with your loved ones and return to the family altar together. Family prayer is a great blessing.  Through prayer you will see the changes God can work in you and in your home.  Christ promises us that everything works together for the good for those who love God: Romans 8:28!

Remember we are in the year 2020, and 20 + 20 = 40.

Also, 2020 is the year of the United States Census.  Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, was born during a census.

Lastly, 2020 is perfect vision.  May our sight focus on the Lord and living according to His perfect vision for us knowing He holds us in the palm of His hand.

May these days of "quarantine" bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation, and our world.

The best is yet to come.
Trust in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!✨



Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 25


Saint of the day: Bernadette Soubirous | Angelus News


Today is the

Feast of St. Bernadette

An ordinary girl who was called to be a saint for her generation.

How are you called to holiness in your family?

Meditate today on this simple video.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5BaOp-kNXI&feature=youtu.be








Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 24


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“How the Virus Stole Easter” – A Poem by Kristi Bothur
Inspired by Sr. Seuss!

 Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And what happened then?
Well….the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that –
Let it start a revival.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Pope Francis: Unexpected first steps plot tenor of this papacy ...


Here is the prayer Pope Francis recited at a special Mass 
asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during of the coronavirus pandemic.

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. 
Amen.



Monday, April 13, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 22



A Prayer

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages 
“curing every disease and illness.” 
At your command, the sick were made well. 
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, 
that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. 
May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, 
which prevents nations from working together 
and neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, 
which can make us claim invulnerability 
to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. 
May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. 
As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. 
May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals 
who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. 
May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. 
Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern 
for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. 
Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions 
that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. 
May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, 
surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, 
Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. 
In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.




Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 21 - Easter Sunday

Happy Easter everyone. He is Risen! I wish you all a blessed day ...


Romans 8:34-35,37-39 

”It is Christ Jesus who died and was raised who indeed intercedes for us. 
What will separate us from the love of Christ. 
Will anguish or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or the sword? 
No, 
in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly 
through him who loved us. 
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, 
nor angels nor principalities 
nor present things nor future things, 
nor powers nor height nor depth or any other creature 
will be able to separate us from 
the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 
Our RISEN LORD!


And may the Risen Lord Jesus grant you peace, health and joy.



Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 20

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighborhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.


Friday, April 10, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 19

Celebrating the Passion of the Lord | Thinking Faith: The online ...

For the disciples of Jesus,
before the great tragedy of Good Friday,
Jesus was the person
who gave meaning to their lives.
The disciples had pledged their lives to Jesus.
They had put their dreams in Jesus.
They had pinned their hopes on Jesus.
Then came Good Friday.
All those pledges, all those dreams,
all those hopes got smashed
into a million pieces.
With one terrible thrust of a soldier’s spear,
all those pledges, all those dreams,
all those hopes died on the cross with Jesus.
With one terrible thrust of a soldier’s spear,
their very lives died on the cross with Jesus.
When the sun went down on Good Friday,
they, too, were buried in the tomb with Jesus.
It was all over.


Then it happened!
As the sun rose on Easter Sunday morning,

Don’t despair Sunday is coming!



Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 18

Jesus-washing-feet-10
You did something remarkable 
rising from supper
you discarded your garment.
A jug and bowl you took 
and to your waist a towel.

Kneeling, you a servant
washed the disciples feet,
dried them tenderly.
Peter, proud Peter, “No!
No, unless all of me!”

Don’t you still understand?
If I wash you not,
No part you have in me.

A strange stillness lingered in the air
Jesus said, “not all are clean.”
What did He mean?
Hadn’t He washed all of us?

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said,
“Do you know what I have done?”
I, your Master have washed your feet.
This is my example to you and all.
Blessed are the ones who do this.



Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 17

Edwina Gateley

Let Your God Love You

Be silent.
Be still.
Alone.
Empty
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.

Let your God—
Love you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 16

       Gethsemane by Mary Oliver

The grass never sleeps.
Or the roses.
Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning.

Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept.

The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet,
and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body,
and heaven knows if it ever sleeps.

Jesus said, wait with me. And maybe the stars did, maybe
the wind wound itself into a silver tree, and didn’t move,

maybe,the lake far away, where once he walked as on a
blue pavement, lay still and waited, wild awake.

Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut, that could not
keep that vigil, how they must have wept,
so utterly human, knowing this too
must be a part of the story.




Monday, April 6, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 15

"When this is over, may we never again take for granted

A handshake with a stranger

Full shelves at the store

Conversations with neighbors

A crowded theater

Friday night out

The taste of communion

A routine checkup

The school rush each morning

Coffee with a friend

The stadium roaring

Each deep breath

A boring Tuesday

Life itself.

When this ends

may we find

that we have become

more like the people

we wanted to be

we were called to be

we hoped to be

and may we stay

that way — better

for each other

because of the worst."

by Laura Kelly Fanucci



Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 14


Family Worship Quick Tips
Palmless Sunday

We gather virtually these days,
with virtual palms and virtual cries of praise.
Virtual cloaks we scatter underfoot
to greet the Son of David whom we long to meet.

Six feet wide (at least) the Covid social distancing
that separates the would-be members of the crowd
as we avoid quite gathering to greet him
sanitised, clean-handed at the city gate.

But there is nothing virtual about the Prince of Peace,
subverting all our violent dreams of glory
with his choice of gentle cross-marked beast
to humbly carry him to Zion for the Feast.

Nothing virtual either in the bonds that link us all today
in honouring the ones who risk their lives to make us well;
in worrying for the elders home alone;
in understanding pressures hid behind closed doors.

Communion, then, is this: this web of praying, caring,
picking up the phone, dropping round some food,
sharing (at safe distance) smiles and tears,
this swopping words of hope for fears.

This is what we celebrate on Sundays in more normal times.
This is what our breaking bread and sharing cup proclaims:
that the Easter Lord still comes to share our little feast,
comes even through locked doors with words of peace.

© Rob Esdaile

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Virus "Stay at Home" - 30 Day Retreat - Day 13


Sometimes prayer seems the only response.  I am feeling that way more and more as we live our sheltering experience. This prayer to the Holy Spirit filled me with peace today.  I hope it does the same for you.

Pray ...

Holy Spirit
I'm not asking you to cause life or death to disappear
hardship or distress to vanish
persecution or peril to evaporate.

But you can settle fears within this soul of mine
this panicked heart
this anxious spirit

Holy Spirit
Banish the Unholy Spirit
as real as you
but unwelcome.

You can quiet my qualms
Anxieties that dog my steps by day
Forebodings that haunt me by night

Holy Spirit
I'm not asking you to cause death or life to disappear
But to hearten me with the love of Christ
with a love for Christ

Amen