Saturday Prayer: A Prayer for Sabbath Rest

The following prayer typically appears at the end of the day each Saturday in the Divine Hours:

The Concluding Prayer of the Church
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that I, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of public worship, and grant as well that my Sabbath upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday Favorites for Prayer and Writing

Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, then I’ll include it below.

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Researchers Find More Changes Are More Effective (Out with the Old)

Is Solitude the Secret to Unlocking Our Creativity

The Age of Loneliness Is Killing Us

10 Recommended Books on Christian Meditation

The Busy Person’s Lies

Ed’s blog: The Hidden Danger of Business for Creative Workers

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Featured Contemplative Book: 100 Days in the Secret Place

100-days-secret-placeWeek Three: Turning to God First

Whether you are encouraged or discouraged, living in holiness or living in sin, the first step in spirituality is always the same: turn to God. In fact, Jeanne Guyon suggests that fighting temptations directly is the sure way to lose.

How is this so? Because temptations flee in the presence of God. As we abide in Christ, we are protected and renewed.

Gene Edwards, author of Divine Romance, has gathered together key writings from three notable Christian mystics from the seventeenth century: 100 Days in the Secret Place: Classic Writings from Madame Guyon, Francois Fenelon, and Michael Molinos on the Deeper Christian Life by Gene Edwards. Here are several quotes to consider today:

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“The more clearly you see your true self, the clearer you also see how miserable your self-nature really is; and the more you will abandon your whole being to God. Seeing that you have such a desperate need of Him, you will press toward a more intimate relationship with Him.”

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“If you attempt to struggle directly with these temptations, you will only strengthen them; and in the process of this struggle, your soul will be drawn away from its intimate relationship with the Lord. You see, a close, intimate relationship to Christ should always be your soul’s only purpose.”

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“What does a little child do when he sees something that frightens him or confuses him? He doesn’t stand there and try to fight the thing. He will, in fact, hardly look at the thing that frightens him. Rather, the child will quickly run into the arms of his mother. There, in those arms, he is safe. In exactly the same way, you should turn from the dangers of temptation and run to your God!”

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“Once the heart has been gained by God, everything else will eventually take care of itself. This is why He requires the heart above all else.”

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Saturday Prayer: God the Father, Heavenly Light

Today’s prayer comes from the Divine Hours:

God the Father, Heavenly Light
O Trinity of blessed light, O Unity of princely might, The fiery sun now goes his way; Please shed within our hearts your ray To you our morning song of praise, To you our evening prayer we raise; O grant us with your saints on high To praise you through eternity. To God the Father, heavenly Light, To Christ revealed in earthly night, To God the Holy Ghost we raise Our equal and unceasing praise.
Latin, 6th C.

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Saturday Prayer from St. Francis

This Saturday’s prayer from St. Francis comes from Jon Sweeney’s biography: The Road to Assissi:

“Great and glorious God, and you, Lord Jesus,

I pray you, shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. . . .

Be found in me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with your holy will.”