Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

O Domina Mea

Colonial South American Mother of God with Franciscan Saints

O my Queen! My Mother!
I give myself entirely to you;
and to show my devotion to you,
I consecrate to you this day my eyes,
my ears, my mouth, my heart,
my whole being, without reserve.
Wherefore, good Mother,
as I am your own,
keep me, guard me,
as your property and possession.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Christic Prayer of Protection

This 1998 painting by the Indian artist-theologian, Dr. Solomon Raj, is titled, Jesus on the Lotus Flower. The lotus is a symbol of peace. Here, Jesus the teacher blesses us with his wounded hand. He is peaceful, perhaps saying to us, "Do not be afraid." 

The lotus rests atop a clear blue pond where fish swim. The Greek word for fish holds the initials for the name, Jesus Christ. We see other lotus flowers and their flat green leaves floating off into the distance. The sun and moon appear simultaneously. Christ's peace is for all time.

A Christic Prayer of Protection

May the birth of Christ re-birth you,
   the Mother of Christ count you as one of her own,
   the eyes of Christ reflect your face,
   the bread of Christ nourish you,
   the mind of Christ give you a new perspective.

May the walking of Christ accompany you,
   the sitting of Christ welcome you,
   the hem of Christ's mantle heal you,
   the ears of Christ hear your heartache,
   the arm of Christ ease your fears.

May the cross of Christ support you,
   the pierced heart of Christ give you access to the divine,
   the Easter smile of Christ preserve you in hope,
   the peace of Christ reassure you,
   the glowing wounds of Christ transform the wounds you bear.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Intercessions ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for the gift of rain where there is drought,/ where people, plants and animals are thirsty,/ where there are out-of-control consuming fires./ May we learn quickly how we are failing our planet./ We pray to the Lord.

While civilian aircraft are recently flying to the edge of the planet's atmosphere/ and even just over into outer space,/ may we realize that the only true "new frontier" is within ourselves,/ where we come to know what it means to be authentic human persons./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Baptized persons all around the world this Sunday morning,/ and for those who lead Christian communities./ May we be clean of heart/ and not fail Christ by prejudice,/ greed,/ arrogance or indifference./ We pray to the Lord.

As new cases of covid are increasing,/ may we learn to get out of our own way,/ to protect the health and well-being of others./ We pray for the health care providers who once again must battle to exhaustion this sickness./ We pray to the Lord.

Bless Francis,/ the Pope of Rome,/ who experiences assaults from every side./ May we be grateful for his ministry which seeks to unify a garrulous,/ contentious Church/ and a world often peopled with those who are looking for a fight./ We pray to the Lord.

While we pray for our own families,/ we pray as well for the larger human family which suffers./ For those who flee where there is war and horror,/ where society is collapsing,/ where the poor feel hopeless./ We pray for the world's children/ and those who are elderly,/ frail,/ forgotten or left behind./ We pray to the Lord.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Take a Break

This icon is called the Mandylion, a painting of the cloth upon which Jesus imprinted his face when King Abgar summoned Jesus to cure him. There's a lot that needs a cure these days: a condominium collapsed by neglect, the faces of killers and haters and people (even in government) whose goal is to create chaos, the environment being destroyed by draught and fire, conspiracy theories, covid remedy pushback and new cases on the rise.

We might take a break from it all and ponder the face of Jesus here, and the last line of Psalm 17 which seems to echo it.

But at my vindication I shall see your face;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.