Daily Prayers: April 27, 2016

Within in the Light

Headlights, taillights, going, coming;
it does not matter inside.
Draw a curtain across the window,
lock the door and break the key.
Let the interior deepen and broaden
until it exceeds this little room.
You will go out when you are ready,
when the tiny inner Self no longer fits.
Awareness will come, yet bliss is not the goal;
pure consciousness, a word to the stranger
become friend, that is ALL.

Jean M. Olson

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We pray today for the Integration of Transformational Leadership for Justice class taught by Sharon Callahan; Larry Larson, student.

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Daily Prayers: April 25, 2016

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The Current Isolation
In the half-light, I am most
at home, my shadow
as company.
When I feel hot, I push a button
to make it stop. I mean this stain on my mind
I can’t get out. How human
I seem. Like modern man,
I traffic in extinction. I have a gift.
Like an animal, I sustain.
A flock of birds
when touched, I scatter. I won’t approach
until the back is turned.
My heart betrays. I confess: I am afraid.
How selfish of me.
When there’s no one here, I halve
the distance between
our bodies infinitesimally.
In this long passageway, I pose
against the wallpaper, dig
my heels in, catch the light.
In my vision, the back door opens
on a garden that is always
in bloom. The dogs
are chained so they can’t attack like I know
they want to. In the next yard
over, honeybees swarm
and their sound is huge.
By Camille Rankine

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We pray today for Engaging Society with Gospel Values class taught by Michael Trice; Carolyn Lane student.

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Daily Prayers: April 20, 2016

To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime. Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are! If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We pray today for the Christian Scriptures, Letters class taught by Matthew Whitlock; Cindy Pickreign and Darlene Peters, students.

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Daily Prayers: April 19, 2016

What were Jesus’ teachings on love?

Jesus’ teachings on love focused on loving our enemies:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:43-48).

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35).

“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43).

Jesus’ Teachings on Love – Loving God
Jesus’ teachings on love also focused on loving God:

“Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments’” (Matthew 22:37-40).

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).


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We pray today for the MTI class taught by Richard Russell; Beth Prevo and Laurel Plumage, students.

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Daily Prayers: April 16, 2016

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
  he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
  He leads me in right paths
  for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
  I fear no evil;
  for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff —
   they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
  my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
  all the days of my life,
  and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
  my whole life long.


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We pray today for the Spirituality Synthesis class taught by Valerie Lesniak; Margo Rhinehart and Kimberly Riley, students.

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