In the Midst of Chaos, Peace
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…In response to Pope John Paul’s letter to artists to promote the Catholic faith through “artistic evangelization”, three well-known names in the field of sacred art collaborated to produce this beautiful art book filled with visual and spiritual meditations. Sister Wendy Beckett, famed BBC and PBS art critic, presents her always unique meditations for each of the 54 wonderful silhouettes by the two foremost Catholic paper-cutting artists, Dan Paulos and the late Sister Mary Jean Dorcy. The result is what Sister Wendy calls “an epiphany”, a book that reveals the God of mercy, love and peace through deeply inspired art and reflections. A perfect Christmas gift! Thus, this book and its title, In the Midst of Chaos, Peace, perfectly sum up the three collaborator’s intent: to offer people in our modern, fast-paced and hectic world, spiritual and artistic meditations that take only a minute to ponder but can produce profound and lasting peace of soul.
“Whether you have been reading Father Morris’ delightful interpretations since the earliest editions of Magnificat or are being introduced to them for the first time, Regina Cœli: Art and Essays on the Blessed Virgin Mary will increase your love simultaneously for the Mother of God and for a form of art that draws us closer to both Mary and her divine Son. To read an art essay by Father Michael Morris, o.p., is to uncover a richness of expression in both word and imagery. His love of sacred art is unmistakable in the enthusiastic turns of phrase he brings to his writing. His exhaustive knowledge is found in detailed insights. Father Morris shares what he sees, and we are the better for it. Sadly, Regina Cœli will be one of Father Morris’ last published works for Magnificat. Undoubtedly, his love for our Blessed Mother strengthened him to complete this manuscript literally days before he went to his final reward on July 15, 2016. We pray the devotion evident in Regina Cœli will draw you into a deeper relationship with our Lady as you contemplate her role in salvation history.”
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do great things, I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy, I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life, I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for – but everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
~ A prayer traditionally attributed to an American soldier who was seriously disabled in the Civil War. It is a beautiful example of the depths of discovery of the gifts that suffering that a wound can bring.
How about including prayer in our patriotic celebrations?
Some Resources to help us fulfill our calling to pray for our country:
“Intercede on behalf of our country! Based on God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, this 40-day prayer journey includes daily Scriptures and meditations plus inspiring quotations from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and other presidents who sought the Lord during America’s most challenging days. 64 pages, softcover from Nelson.”
“It’s Time To Unite Our Nation Through Prayer! We are living in a time of action! In the wake of the events of September 11, America needs prayer now more than ever. Pray for Our Nation is filled with scriptural prayers that specifically address the needs of our nation, covering topics from Praying for the President, Foreign Relations, and Protection from Terrorism. Now is the time to unite as a nation and not succumb to fear. Americans must stand strong and remain bold in their faith, courage and prayer. Let righteousness reign in America, and begin by praying God’s Word!”
“Take to your knees for the needs of the nation! While enjoying an unprecedented prosperity, America is decaying morally and spiritually. Robison calls Christians to intercede for our country with big, specific prayers about moral issues, immigration, peace, war, politics, suffering, the environment—everything. Includes 30 prayers about key issues to get you started. 128 pages, softcover from Nelson.”
Prayer in America is a 2-hour documentary originally aired on public TV. It asks the question, “What role has prayer played in shaping the development and history of America?” The two-part documentary explores contemporary debates about the role of prayer through the lens of history. By asking rhetorically, “How did we get here?” the show examines the ways in which prayer has contributed to and continues to shape the American experience.
A Daily Moment of Prayer for Our Nation Received via email from a friend:
Evening Prayer Challenge:
Devout Muslims pray five times a day. Is it too much to ask devout Christians to join forces across the fruited plain in prayer once a day?
If we as Christians really understood the full extent of the power within us we would indeed fall on our knees believing God for miracles. As the prophet Ezekiel said, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, (Ezekiel 36:27) “And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” That same Holy Spirit indwells each Christian today, at all times, and there is still nothing too difficult for God. (Genesis 18:14)
During WWII, it has been said that there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped whatever they were doing every day at a prescribed hour, for one minute, to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace.
I challenge you to join with me and others to do the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for our return to a nation under God.
If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please join with us and forward this to praying friends.
CCEL is a longstanding project of Calvin College’s Computer Science Department. The mission of the CCEL is to build up the church by making classic Christian writings available and promoting their use.CCEL houses a searchable library of books and downloadable versions of many timeless and fundamental classics, a hymn directory, a study Bible, and more. Check it out and enjoy your visit!
Interactive resources on the topic of Prayer: On the main CCEL page at http://www.ccel.org, click on the Community tab, and choose a forum to follow. Or click on the Prayer Room. Look to the left column and click on Disscussion Groups. Some are more active than others. Current Discussion Groups that you may join are:
(Note: you may encounter some theological differences when participating in a group, one reason being that folks from all over the world participate. Even so this is an interesting resource. You may want to consider leading a group of your own!)