Saturday, 23 July 2011

Lovely prayer

Talking about the Kingdom of God in this weeks sermon has reminded me of a beautiful prayer given to me by an ancient priest who was my spiritual director  leading to ordination.

Here I am before your eternal presence, simply to be with you in silence. Give me a candle of the spirit as I go down to the depth of my being. Take me beyond the hidden things, the creatures of my dreams, the storehouses of forgotten memories and hurts, beyond my failures and shames. Take me down to the spring of my life and tell me my nature and my name. Give me freedom that I may become that self the seed of which you planted in me at my making.

It says everything I want to say in much fewer words. 


  1. Beautiful. Reminds me a little of Julian of Norwich in the way it sweeps aside the inessentials and concentrates the mind on essentials.
    Thank you.

  2. What a perfect way to focus our wandering attention, a way to stay with the centre of prayer annd shut out the distractions.
    Truly lovely.

    Do you know where it originated?

  3. I have no idea where Pater got it from but as he was a Fransiscan it might be from one of their prayers. I am glad you like it as much as I do!