Monasteries of the Heart

Daily Prayers for a Global Heart

Sunday Prayers Global Heart

Prayer for Dialogue with Greater Religions

I bow to the one who signs the cross.
I bow to the one who sits with the Buddha.
I bow to the one who wails at the wall.
I bow to the OM flowing in the Ganges.
I bow to the one who faces Mecca,
whose forehead touches holy ground.
I bow to the dervishes whirling in the mystical wind.
I bow to the north,
to the south
to the east,
to the west.
I bow to the God within each heart.
I bow to epiphany,
to God’s face revealed.
I bow. I bow. I bow.
—Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

Monday Prayers Global Heart


Waking up this morning, I
Twenty-four brand new hours are
before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with
eyes of compassion.
—Thich Nhat Hahn

Tuesday Prayers Global Heart


The Sanctuary

It could be said that God’s foot is so vast
That this entire earth is but a
field on God’s

And all the forests in this world
Came from the same root of just
A single hair
of God’s.

What then is not a sanctuary?
Where then can I not kneel
and pray at a shrine
made holy by God’s
—St. Catherine of Sienna

Credit: “The Sanctuary.” Love Poems from God. Ed. Daniel Ladinsky. Penguin, 2002.

Wednesday Prayers Global Heart


In My Soul

my soul
there is a temple, a shrine,
a mosque, a church
where I kneel.

Prayer should bring us to an altar
where no walls or names exist.

my soul
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque,
a church

that dissolve, that
dissolve in
—Rabia, Sufi

Credit: “In My Soul.” Love Poems from God. Ed. Daniel Ladinsky. Penguin, 2002.

Thursday Prayers Global Heart


A Prayer for the World

Let the rain come and wash away
the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
held and nurtured over generations
Let the rain wash away
the memory of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out
and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us
wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog
so that we can see each other clearly.
Let the warmth and brightness of the sun
melt our selfishness.
And let the light of the sun be so strong
that we will see all people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain,
bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts
to reach upward to heaven. Amen.
—Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

Friday Prayers Global Heart


Sutta Nipata (Discourse on Good Will)

Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe.
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

Credit: Easwaran, Eknath. “Sutta Nipata.” God Makes the Rivers to Flow. Tomales, CA: Nilgiri Press, 1982. Print.

Saturday Prayers Global Heart

Native American

It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.
I, I am the spirit within the earth…
The feet of the earth are my feet…
The legs of the earth are my legs…
The bodily strength of the earth is my strength…
The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts…
The voice of the earth is my voice…
The feather of the earth is my feather…
All that belongs to the earth belongs to me…
All that surrounds the earth surrounds me…
I, I am the sacred words of the earth…
It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.
—Navajo Song