This morning there have been a number of themes of hope and goodness brought to my attention. So I’m going to remember them and mark them, and be mindful of the good.
First, it’s a beautiful frosty crispy clear autumn morning.
This morning’s common prayer contained many gems:
Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582)
In sixteenth-century Spain, where women had little voice, Teresa of Avila stood out as a spiritual giant, reforming her Carmelite order, founding seventeen new communities, writing four books, and challenging countless men and women to grow in the life of prayer. As attested to by her writings and by her friends and disciples (including John of the Cross), Teresa’s own prayer life was perhaps her most important gift to the church. “Prayer,” she wrote, “is nothing but friendly intercourse, and frequent solitary converse, with Him who we know loves us.”
The Song was Mary don’t you weep. Usually I listen to this Bruce Springstein version, which I still appreciate. But for some reason this morning I decided to listen to this version sung by Aretha Franklin. It seemed much more apt for my times at the moment.
Let nothing disturb you, nothing dismay : All things are possible. God does not change.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;
may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;
may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;
may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.
Then the news had this beautiful story about a nun:
And finally, looking for a friend’s article in a magazine, I came across this ministry to despairing people, which I thought was absolutely beautiful. I hope that many of those who come to them, who would not have otherwise sought help, will then do so.