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Bernini 1598-1680
Morning Prayer

Carry Me to This Enchanted Shore

Now before the morning light appears;
now in calm anticipation;
now this sacred, still, unmeasured
interval I dedicate to thee.

Wherever are revived the dying,
comforted the grieving, given
hope the flagging spirits, raised
the fallen, fed the hungry souls;

Wherever life begins again,
where nothing is impossible,
and where the very sun is robed
and vested; where the angels from
their rest arise;

Where all are baptized in the freshet, pure emerging,
venom banished in ignominy and washed away;

Where common things become a garden,
radiant with color, light, and form;

Where light is born;

Where all the universe declares benevolent intent;
where music out of silence grows,
where all from nothing comes and
all that ends begins:

Carry me, O Father-Mother God,
to this enchanted shore, that I as well may be
reborn and dwell in innocence again.

Thine angels send among
the suffering. Where they are fragile,
make them strong; where broken,
make them sound; their pain assuage,
evaporate, distill. Thine all-annealing love
bestow, and where it finds a cold, unyielding
heart, thy shining grace impart, to melt
the very stones that guard the hermit’s
door, that light may enter and embrace.

God, where glory lives, accept
our weary selves, complete us. Open
our insensate eyes, that we might recognize
the riches we possess, and the provision
we require — before us now, already ours;
all beauty at our feet, all sound by heaven’s
choir made crystalline; all that is lovely, seen,
recalled; and all abundance — everything
we need and more, beyond the sum
of ancient dreams and unfulfilled desires.

January 22, 2006
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (c. 1590 - 1664) was
a composer of
New Spain (a viceroyalty of
Spain that included modern day Mexico, the
Philippines, Guatemala, and other parts of
Central America and the Caribbean). He was
born in Málaga, Spain, but moved to
Puebla,
Mexico, in 1620 to compose music in the
new world.

Padilla is one of the more important
composers represented in the manuscripts
at Puebla, Mexico, and the Hackenberry
collection in Chicago, Illinois. He worked at
Puebla de Los Angeles, Mexico, which in
Baroque times was a bigger religious center
than Mexico City itself. He was appointed
maestro de capilla of Puebla Cathedral in
1628.

The majority of his vast output (over 700
pieces survive) include sacred motets, often
for double choir, in the Renaissance style or
stile antico as well as sacred villancicos. It
often includes accompaniments for organ or
various stringed instruments.

Wikipedia
Once upon a time, we believed in miracles — spiritual
miracles. When we were ill, injured, or afflicted with
priestly purveyors of prayer therapies. We recited
prayers prescribed by the church. We turned to
healers, medicine men, saints, and the somehow
spiritually charged symbols of faith: icons, statues,
pictures, and medals. We looked for signs that prayer,
faith, religion, belief, and God could heal us. And we
found them. Often, they worked wondrously.

Then along came medical science — biology,
pharmacology, radiology, and modern surgical
practices. Suddenly, we had a pill, a treatment, or an
operation for everything that could be cured —
scientific miracles. And prayer and faith were shunted
to the side, their incredible power forgotten. Never
mind that some people got well without science and
medicine. Never mind that some people got well even
when the treatments and pills failed.... Faith was
dismissed as superstition, dismissed with contempt.

Now, everyone has stopped laughing. Now, the very
science that they trust is proving what we hoped, what
we prayed was true all along. Somehow, for some
reason, prayer, faith, and healing work.

Experiment after experiment is showing the
connections, raising possibilities, and suggesting that
God not only exists and answers prayers, that prayerful
“intentions” not only influence physical reality but that
prayer, religion, and faith are good for us — good for
our health, good for our outlooks, good for our
communities, good for our overall physical and mental
well-being. The connections are clear. More than two
hundred studies prove it.

—Kenneth Winston Caine and Brian Paul Kaufman,
Sister Alma Rose
Prayer Pattern

I. PRAISE &
GRATITUDE

Father-Mother, One
Creator,
Source of Everlasting
Bliss,
Constant Breath of
Inspiration,
which, to take, is to
inhale
the sweet, pure
innocence of Heaven:

Reluctant must we be
to call on you by name,
as if we might,
by naming,
Circumscribe your
mystery, when all that
is required — to know
enough, for now — is
to reach out and
touch the hem of Glory
as it passes by.

Until the day we see
you face to face, and
understanding dawns,
sufficient for the hour
is Grace; and may we
know by faith that to
accept abundance,
pouring-out of love, is
to embrace the wealth
of spirit, joy unmerited
and favor, our
inheritance unearned.

(Your praise and
gratitude)

II. PETITION &
INTERCESSION

O Ancient Ones, ye
saints and angels
blessed with intimate
acquaintance with the
Holy One, and not as
we must be, unseeing,
blinded by the sun that
takes
possession of the
visible, that we might
know it merely by
reflection:

Guide us when we
cannot read
the signs that mark the
homeward pathways;
steer us toward the
single
destination; give us
patience for
the waiting; turn our
hearts toward those,
our fellow travelers,
who fail
to notice that the way
itself is
studded with the
riches of the
holy realm. And when
we are
diverted by a pretty
road that
leads to nowhere,
show us what small
treasure it conceals,
some
bagatelle that serves as
currency,
to trade in time for
greater wealth, not
to be hoarded; we are
meant to
travel light, I know; for
if we
show what tokens we
have gathered,
as if they had native
value,
not derived from holy
purpose,
some will steal them,
some deceived as
we have been. Then
should we not
forgive, and pity victims
of
deception, lured, like
us, by dim and
useless radiance,
inconstant
light, as if a firefly could
show us what might lie
around the turning?

Your true light, alone,
O God, burns
to illuminate and not
devour, and such as we
would find in
it is everlasting. Keep us
fast upon the guarded
path,
impervious to fervent
summons
called in ignorance, or
fear,
or malice. Teach us,
God, to hear
your voice amid the
shrill or subtle
sound and fury.

(Your petitions and
prayers of intercession)

III. CONFESSION

Every choice
creates a future—
never, though,
beyond redeeming.

Shall we suffer
needlessly, inflicting
pain,
deflected from our
calling, kept from
Heaven by the
specious gleam
of something stolen
from a cave,
believing it will save
our souls?

(Your confession)

IV. REASSURANCE

Or
shall we seek—instead
of gold, and
pleasure for an hour—
enlightenment, eternal
glory,
Spirit’s treasure,
perfect power?

Amen

More prayers
Unfamiliar Territory--Poems, Prayers, Meditations, Household Hints
Mildred S's nephew
had surgery in
October for an ear
tumor that had grown
and attached itself to
the brain stem.
  Continue to pray for
Steve J., Omaha,
recovering from acute
pancreatitis w/
complications, doing
well at home. —
Praying Maniac
 
April C., Ann C's
daughter, surgery to
repair a deviated
septum
UPDATE:   April is
recovering slowly,
won't be able to
breathe
through her nose
for a few more
months
Please continue to
pray for Gene F.,
Omaha, who had
complications from
liver transplant.  —
Praying Maniac
 
Sam & Jenny's
daughter-in-law Carla,
diagnosed with colon
cancer
  Scott N. & family,
Tucson, in his early
30s, has
Friedreich's
ataxia, lost his
younger brother to
the disease in 2007.
UPDATE: Please pray
for Scott's mom and
dad, aunts, uncles,
and other family. This
bright, funny, brave
young man died in
early November 2009
Adam,  32, doing well
after surgery and
radiation for testicular
cancer in Dec. 2008
  I need plenty more
belief, plenty more
power of prayer and
more Holy Ghost with
me. Please pray also
that God gives me gifts
of God's grace —EV
 
Marion has had three
breast-cancer
operations and
chemotherapy for
HER2  breast cancer.
Doing well
  Jane, Omaha, for
continued recovery,
return of strength
—PrayingManiac
 
Dorothy H., recovering
from major back
surgery in early
October
  ...Pray on 9-11 and
every day for God to
teach us to shine His
light in this dark
world....
—Nancy K.
 
Yvette P's coworkers
Sandy S and Deb B,
whose dad, Lonnie, is
an advanced stage of
stomach cancer
  Eli and Tracy got
married Mar. 27 in
Mesa, Ariz. Love &
blessings to the
Nielsens: Eli, Tracy,
and Ryder.
Please pray for
success and
satisfaction in Eli's
new business in
Tucson
UPDATE: They're
pregnant! Due
February 1
Please continue to
pray for Virginia F.,
Springfield, Ill.,
multiple health
problems. (Bob V.)
  Jan, Omaha, Nebr.,
for satisfying
employment, renewed
health, and abundant
life. —Praying Maniac
 
Shaila, 23, metastatic
cancer from thyroid.
Shaila has two small
children, husband
recently back from
Iraq.
  Mary, Omaha.
Wellness in body,
mind, spirit; abundant
life, creative &
business success.
UPDATE: Tkg  
Neurontin for
fibromyalgia.
Miraculous! Pls pray
for cont.
effectiveness of drug
 
Edie, who had some
very rough times
during her treatment
for bone cancer  --
massive chemo plus
bone-marrow
transplant -- since fall
2008, is doing
beautifully -- looks
vigorous and healthy
  Doctors have told Jo
her condition is
untreatable. Please
pray for her as she
fights to prove the
doctors wrong... More
info
here....
 
Paul M., Jim & Bonnie's
son-in-law, serving as
paratrooper in Iraq  
  Vickie L., Omaha,
having chemotherapy
for cancer —Praying
Maniac
 
Barbara — upset,
lonely, worried about
herself & her pets,
wants relationships to
be restored, renewed,
& blessed
  Please pray for
Michele and her
family. Michele
experiencing seizures,
possibly due to drug
abuse. —MF
UPDATE: Seizures
appear to have
stopped, but problems
with "iffy" health and
instability remain.
Please continue to
pray for Michele and
family.
UPDATE: Michele
back in school, doing
well!
Please continue to
pray
for Nancy,
Omaha, long-term
heart health.
UPDATE: Testing led to
diagnosis of
Alzheimer's.
Please
pray for Nancy &
family
. Thank you!
  Ray Morgan in the
hospital with
pneumonia and very
low oxygen levels.
Pneumonia is
bacterial, not viral.
Please pray, warriors.
—Chuck Stecker
 
LaRue,  chemotherapy
for cancer. —PL ...
UPDATE: Finished
chemo in Dec. Has a
follow-up / doc. Right
now is  feeling pretty
darn good
  Elaine, Omaha — 5-yr
lung-cancer survivor
has debilitating
medical problems &
ongoing conflict in
apartment building
 
Nancy, Omaha, 69,
ongoing heart
condition and early
stages of Alzheimer's
  Please pray for DG and
her ex-fiancé... that
God will heal each of
them, and their
relationship, and
shower them with
blessings!
 
Granddaughter Mary,  
in Navy st,. in Ramide,
Iraq. On compound
working on
infrastructure as  
electrician w/ her M-
16 at her side at all
times. —Judy and Dale
  Tony, Arizona, family
harmony.
UPDATE: Tony & his
wife have a beautiful
new baby boy!  
Please continue to
pray for family.
Scott, brain tumor;
Scott is only 39,
married with 3
children. —Pat L.
UPDATE: Tumor has
stabilized, which is
amazing! Long-term
prognosis still
uncertain.
  Lord, please hold our
troops in your loving
hands. Protect them
as they protect us.
Bless them and their
families for their
sacrifies. —Jan
 
Sara's mom, Texas,
progressive
neuromuscular disease
  Jack, Ashley (Omaha)--
Heal conflict, bind
them as family, release
them from struggle. 3
young children  
involved. —Maria
 
Please continue to
pray for Jennifer's
mom, Kansas City,
heart condition,
multiple health
problems.
  Elizabeth, 18,
Vermont, pregnant,
not sure who father
is, wants to keep &
raise baby. Eliz.
grandma is especially
troubled by
situation....
 
Nancy had surgery for
ovarian cancer, but
they were unable to
remove it all. —FC
UPDATE: Nancy is back
in ICU and on
ventilator due to
respiratory distress
from fluid retention,
being treated by
kidney doc. Family asks
for prayer for healing
so she can start
chemo, and for
strength of family.
"Thanks for
walking with us
through this turbulent  
time." —Kerry
  My little brother (he’s
not really little) has
developed a nasty
autoimmune disease
(Wegener’s) and they’
re zapping him with
steroids. All healing
thoughts appreciated.
—Siouxgeonz
UPDATE: on my little
bro' with Wegener's
disease...  he's doing
okay and his wedding
is happening 5/30.  
Thanks so much all!  
Commencing to pray
...
Aaron W. and his
fiancé Chrissy C. She
has undiagnosed
illness; seeing heart
specialist for tests.
Aaron very worried —TF
UPDATE: Thank you
all for your prayers
for Aaron and
Chrissy. I just
received a text
from them and
thank God there is
no problem with
Chrissy's heart
   
USAF Capt. Chad F.,
stationed in the Green
Zone near the
Baghdad airport. —Bob
V.
     
Audrey and Daryl M's
brother-in-law Jerry  
suffering from colon
cancer. Has struggled
with cancer and is a
past survivor but the
colon cancer has
metastasized.  
     
Irma, had hip surgery
months ago but
continues to be in
severe pain.
     
Curt, in and out of
hospital with Crohn's
disease. —FC
     
Kerry, pancreatitis, in
hospital. She also has
diabetes and is in pain
and depressed.
UPDATE: Much
better. Diabetes
under control.
   
Xye (pronounced zy),
13,  undergoing tests
for frequent migraines.
Her family requests
prayers for her.
     
Joan's cousin Pam's
husband, Dr. John H.,
has inoperable tumor.
Waiting for definitive
diagnosis to see if
chemo is an option.
     
Rose O., Tara's mom,
South Dakota,
hospitalized for the
third time with
undiagnosed illness.
     
Ethan M, 24 — friend
of Aaron and Chrissy,
w/ terminal cancer —
and pray for his wife,
Suzanne, and 18-month-
old daughter, Ford
City, Penn. --TF
     
Dale, Omaha,
recovering from chemo
and from surgery to
have 3 ft. of cancerous
intestine removed
     
Don K., debilitating
medical problem,
GREAT attitude!
     
Ellen, Pauline's sister,
in hospital after
massive stroke, not
currently doing well.
     
HEALING AND PROTECTION FOR MY FRIEND SHERRY'S SHATTERED WRIST & EMOTIONAL
STRENGTH AND HEALING FOR BOTH OF US TO GET HER THROUGH THIS AND SHE WILL SEE IN
HERSELF THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON THAT I SEE AND LOVE & NOT DEPEND ON ATTENTION FROM
MEN IN ANY FORM. THAT SHE WILL BE TURNED OFF BY SEXUAL INNUENDOS & NOT NEED  SEX
OR ALCOHOL OR GETTING DRUNK TO GET THROUGH THE DAY & KNOW SHE DOESN'T NEED A
MAN IN HER LIFE RIGHT NOW AND JUST TAKE CARE OF HERSELF FOR ONCE & SEE ME FOR THE
FRIEND I AM & FEEL SAFE WITH ME & OPEN HER HEART TO ME & ALLOW ME IN TO SUPPORT
HER AND HER HAPPINESS ANYWAY I CAN & LOOK TO ME TO TALK TO, OR WHEN SHE NEEDS A
HUG & A SHOULDER TO REST HER HEAD ON BECAUSE SHE KNOWS I AM A FRIEND WHO LOVES
HER AND WILL ALWAYS LOOK OUT FOR HER BEST INTEREST. THAT NO MATTER WHEN AND
WHAT TIME SHERRY WILL LOOK TO ME IF SHE NEEDS HELP & WE WILL APPRECIATE AND
CELEBRATE OUR WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIP & LOVE THAT WE HAVE. I LOVE HER & WANT HER
TO BE ABLE TO FEEL IT IN HER HEART AND SOUL & WHEN SHE FEELS MOST ALONE KNOW
THAT I AM ALWAYS RIGHT HERE FOR HER, I LOVE HER AND WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP BE
THE HAPPIEST SHE CAN BE.  —ROBIN T.
I'm Jerome P., 55 yr old born again Christian here in Long Beach Ca Living at US Vet center
homeless. i have tractor-trailer CDL & can’t find truck job but i Pray & hope to GOD in
Jesus Christ'S name I'll be hired as a termite-control tech at Terminix here in Carson Calif.
Pray that the termite service supervisor will hire me God willing so I can get my family back
together again & my marriage to Linda wife of 31 years now but been separated for 5 years
today. Thanks for praying for me. P.S. Pray also I'll be a success at termite control
technician & soon GOD williing want to start a franchise business. Thanks, Jerome
STARTING RIGHT NOW I NEED GOD'S FAVOR THAT MY FINANCIAL NEED WILL BE TAKEN CARE
OF BEYOND WHAT I CAN DREAM AND THAT BJ & I WILL BECOME MORE CONNECTED AND LOVE
DEEPER THAN WE THOUGHT POSSIBLE AND WE WILL BE AT EASE WITH EACH OTHER KNOWING
THAT TOGETHER IS WHERE WE BELONG AND I WILL BRING BJ ALL THE HAPPINESS SHE
DESERVES SO THAT WHEN SHE THINKS OF ME SHE WILL FEEL THE WARMTH OF MY LOVE ALL
AROUND HER & I WILL BE THE REASON FOR THE SMILE ON HER FACE & BJ WILL BE ABLE TO
SEE & FEEL THE SPECIAL GIFT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN OF EACH OTHER & OPEN HER HEART MIND
AND SOUL UP TO US & BJ WILL FEEL SAFE WITH ME KNOWING THAT I WILL PROTECT AND
CHERISH HER & I WILL ALWAYS BE HERE FOR HER & NEVER LET HER DOWN & WE WILL SHARE
ALL SECRETS & DREAMS & ENJOY EVERY MINUTE WE HAVE TOGETHER AS A GIFT THAT WILL
ONLY LEAVE US WANTING MORE OF EACH OTHER & KNOW THAT NOTHING & NO ONE CAN
COME BETWEEN US AND OUR SPECIAL LOVE. BJ IS A GIFT IN MY LIFE AS I AM A GIFT IN BJ'S
LIFE THAT I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR AND LOOK FORWARD TO EACH AND EVERY DAY WITH THIS
BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. GOD THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF BJ IN MY LIFE —RT
 
 
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