Monasteries of the Heart

Listen to the Monastery of the Heart Prayer

Prayer of those who dwell in a Monastery of the Heart

Loving God,
You who dwell in our hearts,
make for us a cave there
in which to hear your voice
more distinctly,

feel your care
more tenderly,

understand your will
more clearly,

and come to know
your presence
at every moment
of our lives
with new clarity
and new courage,
with new faith
and new urgency.
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Enable us to grow
in the Benedictine spirit
in ways that make us
compassionate co-creators
of a world in process,
creative keepers
of the human community,
loving listeners
to the heartbeat of the world,

caring sisters and brothers
to its wounded
and bringers of peace
to a world in distress.
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Let us sink into your Word,
let us nourish it to life,
let it lead us beyond
the burdens of the day
so that we may become
the people you desire us to be.

Give us hearts
where all may enter in,
ears to hear your call,
hands to do your will,
voices to sing your praise
and soul enough
to recognize You
in everything we do.

This we ask
through the intercession
of all the faithful monastics
who have gone before us
and through the grace
of the living God.
Amen.

— Joan Chittister