Monasteries of the Heart


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Listen deeply within
To hear the voice of God
Who shepherds us
and leads us forth to new life.

O God of Peace
You have taught us that in returning and rest
we shall be saved,
In quietness and in confidence
shall be our strength

By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray,
To your presence
Where we may be still and know that you are God.

Lectio Divina: 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, 1Peter 3:3-4

Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs…
Do not let your adorning be external
the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear

Let your adornment
Be the hidden person of the heart
With the beauty
Of a gentle and quiet spirit,
Which in God's sight is very precious.

Macrina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses

Gently lay your hands upon your lips, longing for the grace to speak only words that are helpful this day. Remember the words that you have already spoken. You cannot take them back. Bless them and let them go.

O Word Made Flesh, stand guard at the gate of my mouth. Be my voice this day that the words I speak will be healing, affirming, true and gentle. Give me wisdom to think before I speak. Bless the words in me that are waiting to be spoken. Live and abide in my words so that others will feel safe in my presence. Surprise me with words that have come from you. Oh, place my words in the kiln of your heart that they may be enduring and strong, tempered and seasoned with love and resilience. Give me a well-trained tongue that has been borne out of silent listening in the sanctuary of my heart. May my words become love in the lives of others.

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