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Pentecost Season

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
shed a ray of light divine!

Come, God of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our hearts shine.

You, of comforters the best;
you, the soul’s most welcome guest;
sweet refreshment here below;
in our labor, rest most sweet;
grateful coolness in the heat;
solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
shine within these hearts of yours,
and our inmost being fill!

Season of Easter

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Easter Sequence


Christians to the Paschal Victim,
offer your thankful praises.

A Lamb redeems the sheep;
Christ, who is sinless,
reconciles sinners to our Creator.

Life and death fought together in great combat.
The Sign of Life, who died, reigns immortal.

Tell us, Mary, what you saw on your way.
"I saw the tomb of the living Christ,
the glory of Jesus' resurrection.

The angels gave witness to the empty shroud.
Christ, my hope, is risen from the dead;
he goes before us into Galilee."

My Feet

My feet
are homeless
are lonely
stand in endless lines:
unemployment, soup kitchens

My feet
carry the weight of hunger
of addiction
of mental health challenges
of physical disabilities
of being an immigrant, a refugee

My feet
are a different color
a different gender
are a different culture
believe in a different god

My feet
are angry
are anchored in fear
rely on more guns
more division

A Better Place

If we are more generous and loving,
wiser and more compassionate,
less angry and fearful,
then of course
the world around us
will be a better place.

Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict
Norman Fischer
Joseph Goldstein
Judith Simmer-Brown
Ed. Patrick Henry

Fast from ... Feast on

Fast from judging others,
feast on looking for connection.

Fast from emphasis on differences,
feast on what you have in common.

Fast from fears of illness,
feast on thoughts of wellness.

Fast from words that pollute,
feast on words that bless.

Fast from irritation,
feast on gratitude.

Fast from worry,
feast on what is not broken.

Fast from complaining,
feast on acknowledgement.

Fast from bitterness,
feast on letting it go.

Fast from discouragement,
feast on hope.

Novena of Benedict - March 20

Ever-creating God,
we witness your love
in the expression of Benedictine life.
As we prepare to celebrate
the Solemnity of Saint Benedict,
may we be ever-mindful
of Benedictine influence in past ages,
and may our continued commitment
give hope to oppressed peoples
who seek peace and justice.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.

Novena of Benedict - March 19

O God,
you wondrously inspired Joseph and Benedict
to show us the way to life
by their faithfulness to the Spirit.
Grant that through their intercession
we may also persevere.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.

Novena of Benedict - March 18

God, our Creator,
we are full of gratitude for your many blessings.
May we continue our journey to you,
following in the footsteps of Benedict
– emptying ourselves for others.
May we be gift for others.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.

Novena of Benedict - March 17

God, our Sustainer,
we come before you asking that you strengthen us.
On this day we celebrate Patrick
as we continue to prepare for the solemnity of Benedict.
Through the intercession of Benedict, and Patrick
may we be impelled to participate in healing ministries
which bring peace and justice to all.
We pray in praise of your holy name
now and forever.

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