Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Morning Prayer ~ Pie Jesu!

THIS IS A CARVED IMAGE of the Mother of God holding her Infant Son. They are smiling, confident and joyful in their love. The statue comes to us from the 13th century - a time of bloody crusades and war with Islam. Is there ever a time without bloodshed and war?

We can't know for sure how ancient Latin sounded, but Pie Jesu sounds lovely when pronounced Pie (Pea-ay) Jesu (Yay-sue) It translates: devoted (as to a family member) loving, tender, affectionate Jesus. The Christ playfully holds His Mother's chin. The tender love of God for troubled humanity. It is said we smile much less than even fifty years ago. Why is that?

Let's not just catch a glance of the picture but hold it a good while. And then make our prayer for the day.

At the start of the new day...Pie Jesu.
In the first thoughts of the morning...Pie Jesu.
In the people I will meet...Pie Jesu.
Where fears arise...Pie Jesu.
As I will need patient strength today...Pie Jesu.

There are thoughts of the children...Pie Jesu.
That I would live today in confidence...Pie Jesu.
That heaven can depend on me...Pie Jesu.
My answer to what's depressing and fearsome...Pie Jesu
In what's tedious and tiresome...Pie Jesu.

That I would keep my joy...Pie Jesu.
That everyone would be safe and healthy...Pie Jesu.
For protection where there's danger...Pie Jesu.
When I lose my sense of meaning...Pie Jesu.
In the flashes of anger...Pie Jesu.

As I hold the world in my heart...Pie Jesu.
In the friendships I've been given...Pie Jesu.
The dreams I have...Pie Jesu.
My love for you...Pie Jesu.
And the smile of your Mother...Pie Jesu.


  1. Such a lovely start to the day. To see the smiling face of Jesus. I will hold this image in my mind throughout the day and think the words of these beautiful thoughts.

  2. I will start the day tomorrow with this prayer. Did you write this Father? It makes my heart sing with joy. Jesus is listening and smiling upon us.

  3. Yes, I write these poems and prayers. I'm glad you have found it. Of course we can add our own lines. Pie Jesu!

  4. Your prayers are a blessing. I am very grateful to have found them. They make it easy to direct my thoughts in a more prayerful way as they can be applied to my life and real world situations. I think that many times we get caught up in praying the words and not the meanings.

  5. I enjoy seeing the beautiful images of the Blessed Mother with Jesus in her arms. There are so many interpretations of this loving embrace. But they all convey the unconditional love between mother and child. Thank you for bringing them to us.

  6. I keep returning to this prayer. It will be kept close to me all throughout Lent and I will remember to pray it every morning as I get ready for work. It will serve to ward off the 3'C of negativity that you talk about in your post "A More Light-Hearted Lent"

  7. Thank you, Father, for sharing this beautiful prayer. I have passed it on as you suggested, and hope that it will spread to our young people. They so need to connect with prayer! Thank you, too, for the idea of giving up "negativity" as a Lenten offering. I am trying that and see how many times in the day I run negative thoughts of fear, self-pity, and resentment in a single 24-hour stretch! This offereing is quite a challenge and a rather brilliant one.

    1. And we can teach others what the lovely words Pie Jesu mean and then invite them to create their own litany prayer invoking the affectionate Jesus into the day's moments of challenge, joy, frustration, learning, success, failure...