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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of Animals

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday, October 4th was the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Christians around the world celebrated Francis’ amazing life and teachings on parish lawns, city parks and even at the altar of some daring churches by bringing their dogs […]

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St. Patrick and Thin Places

posted by Mark Herringshaw

When St. Patrick founded the Christian Church in Ireland he incorporated many redeemable elements of the Celtic culture into the new faith community. For all the centuries since the Celtic picture of Jesus and his Kingdom has added a marvelous […]

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A St. Patrick’s Day Blessing to Ye All

posted by Mark Herringshaw

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fallsoft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you […]

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St. Patrick’s Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. The following prayer is often called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” because it seeks God’s protection in a world of both tangible and invisible dangers. Though Patrick of Ireland lived more than 1500 years ago his prayer asking […]

John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” is a prayer used for the renewal of the believer’s Covenant with God. It is often recited in special worship services, but is also a wonderful expression for individuals who want to affirm their commitment to […]

Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix and Mediated Prayers for Help!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The title “Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix” caught my eye this morning. I was reviewing the morning news when I saw this at the top of Google’s Hot Trends list. I’m not Catholic, but I pray, and I want to encourage and […]

Prayer for Provision

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday I ran into a friend who’s been unemployed for nine months.  I smiled, politely and asked how he was doing.  He looked at me as if to say, “Stupid question!”  I suddenly felt as if I’d slapped a cancer […]

A Prayer of Augustine: “Be the joy of my heart”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Here’s another simple and simply beautiful prayer from St. Augustine. In his role as Bishop (pastor) for the church in Hippo, North Africa, Augustine became a great defender of right doctrine and right practice of Christian faith. All this theological […]

A Prayer of Augustine: “You are My Health”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

St. Augustine didn’t trust his physical body. Prior to his conversion to Christianity Augustine had lived to please and indulge his own appetites. For the rest of his life on earth he considered his “flesh” as the enemy of his […]

A Prayer by Augustine: “Our Hearts are Restless”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

In his spiritual autobiography, Confessions Augustine tells the story of his wandering, painful quest to find true peace. He searched in philosophy and religion, in self indulgence and in self effacement. He found peace finally only when God found him. […]

Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Augustine was Bishop of Hippo in North Africa in the 4th-5th century. Except for the writers of the New Testament, no one has had more influence than Augustine in establishing Christian belief and practice. This prayer to the Holy Spirit […]

John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

John Wesley, along with his brother Charles founded the Methodist Movement in England in the 18th century. Wesley preached open-air sermons and followed up by encouraging his converts to join small groups for prayer, study and moral accountability. Wesley’s “Covenant […]

Time is Short – So I Pray!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m feeling mortal this morning – a stiff back, a bum knee that’s keeping me from running and driving me to the doctor next week, and a general sense of finality. The clock is ticking. Counterweight: I recently came across […]

Praying “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

This prayer is often called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” because it seeks God’s protection in a world of both tangible and invisible dangers. Though Patrick of Ireland lived more than 1500 years ago his prayer asking that God himself would cover […]

A Prayer of Mother Teresa

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Mother Teresa taught her Sisters of Charity this prayer. It is based on a prayer of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and […]

A Prayer from Bernard of Clairvaux

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 1153) was a French monk and the inspirational leader behind the Cistercian monastic movement. The Cistercians were influential in reawakening the need for practical work in the world back the Western Christianity. Bernard taught […]

The Prayer of St. Francis

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sometimes we learn best by modeling those who go before us. We can learn by our own experiences; we can learn by the experiences and counsel of others. One way to grow in prayer: emulate those who pray easily and […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer to Learn to Pray Without Distraction
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Colossians 4:2) If you are like me, you struggle with staying focused when you pray. The answer is simply this:  keep the thanks flowing! As we lift up the people in our ...

posted 2:25:46pm Jul. 31, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Grace and Peace
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.   (1 Corinthians 1:3) Seventeen times in Scripture, the writers of the epistles bless their readers with these two virtues:  Grace and Peace. When we look at the deeper ...

posted 10:14:35am Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for an Obedient Heart
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your ...

posted 12:56:59pm Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Grow Old Gracefully, Fruitfully, and Strong
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;     they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you ...

posted 1:47:16pm Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Hospitality
And everyone who has given up houses...for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. (Mark 19:29) Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. (1 Peter 4:9) "Anyone who ...

posted 3:11:45pm Jul. 24, 2015 | read full post »

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