Monasteries of the Heart

Daily Prayers for Women

Saturday Prayers for Women

I should like a great lake of finest ale
for the King of kings.
I should like a table of the choicest food
for the family of heaven.
Let the ale be made from the fruits of faith
and the food be forgiving love.

I should welcome the poor to my feast,
for they are God’s children.
I should welcome the sick to my feast,
for they are God’s joy.
Let the poor sit with Jesus at the highest place,
and the sick dance with the angels.

Friday Prayers for Women

Lord, in the presence of your love, I ask that you unite my work with your great work, and bring it to fulfillment. Just as a drop of water, poured into a river, becomes one with the flowing waters, so may all I do become part of all that you do. So that those with whom I live and work may also be drawn to your love.
—Gertrude of Helfta

Thursday Prayers for Women

What is it
You want to change?
Your hair, your face, your body?
Why?

For God is
in love with all those things
and He might weep
when they are
gone.
—Catherine of Siena

Wednesday Prayers for Women

O God,
help me to believe
the truth about myself—
no matter how beautiful it is!
—Macrina Wiederkehr

Tuesday Prayers for Women

And then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another’s will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many
And than all will share equally in the Earth’s abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old

Monday Prayers for Women

Be not lax in celebrating.
Be not lazy in the festive service of God.
Be ablaze with enthusiasm.
Let us be an alive, burning offering
before the altar of God.
—Hildegard of Bingen

Sunday Prayers for Women

Litany of Mary
Glory to you, God of our Creator... Breath into us

new life, new meaning.

Glory to you, God our Savior... Lead us
in the way of peace and justice.

Glory to you, God, healing Spirit... Transform us

to empower others.

Mary, wellspring of peace — Be our guide.
Model of strength

Model of gentleness

Model of trust

Model of courage

Model of patience

Model of risk

Model of openness

Model of perseverance

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