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C.S. Lewis, in “Footnote to All Prayers” (Poems ), made this brilliant observation: Take not, O Lord, our literal sense. Lord, in thy great Unbroken speech our limping metaphor translate.

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Do you practice confession? Do you know the power of forgiveness and grace and reconciliation? Why are these terms so challenging? This is what Dean Nelson in God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World  […]

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How can meals become places to see the presence of God? This is what Dean Nelson in God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World  explores in chp 2 of his new book. A Belgian […]

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How does our vocation fit into a life that is increasingly attentive to God’s presence and God’s work in this world? This is what Dean Nelson in God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World  […]

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives […]

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our […]

O God, because without you we are not able to please you,  mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts;  through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy […]

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ […]

Lots of folks write to me about the use of liturgical prayer, and my book on prayer (Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today ) has been of help to some. But many want more than just to […]

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving?kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives […]

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