Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thanks to You, O God ~ Morning Prayer

The conjunction of Mars, Jupiter and Venus in October's morning sky

Thanks to you, O God, in the night-time breathing;
the beating of my heart.

Thanks to you, O God, the icon's nimbus,
like the rising of the sun.

Thanks to you, O God, for the presence of planets;
the angel-world's care.

Thanks to you, O God, in my looking upon the earth;
my feet touching the ground.

Thanks to you, O God, the first thought of Mary's smile;
the blessing-Child in her arms.

Thanks to you, O God, in the receiving of water
and the tasting of food.

Thanks to you, O God, in the lighting of candles
and the kissing of the altar.

Thanks to you, O God, in the little dog's greeting;
the misty walk,
the wet-leaf color.

Thanks to you, O God: the wild stream, the waterfall,
echo of heaven's tune.

The nimbus coming into focus ~ like the sun rising


  1. Beautiful! Thanks for this lovely prayer reflection.

  2. A wonderful prayer and beautiful imagery. I was so grateful that this just popped up on my screen now. I wasn't in the best of moods, but this has lifted my spirits greatly. Amen.

    1. I love that line before the preface at Mass: "Lift up your hearts!"

  3. What a lovely poem of love and thanksgiving, to Our Lord. Going to try and look at that sky tomorrow morning.

  4. Look east. Venus is very bright. It's very exciting.

  5. Thanks to you O God for the stars and the planets which re mind us you are the creator of such greatness.

  6. This brings to me such a sense of gratitude and peace. Our loving God who has given us so many things and so many times we forget to say thankful. That we never grow complacent and take our gifts for granted, I pray. God will know my sincere thanks.

  7. Often in the Gospels Jesus is telling us to "wake up" and "stay awake". Of course, he's not talking about night time sleeping but that our inner attentions, our mindfulness, awareness, our deeper seeing would be open-eyed and awake. In every minute. Right now.

  8. What a great prayer Father Stephen. You come up with these gems which really help to ground me in my humanity and allows me to seek the love of God which is unconditional and unending.

  9. "May the Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen!"

  10. Father, you not only know your plants and write beautiful prayers, but you know your planets too! These celestial bodies masquerading as stars in our night sky. And that we should see three in conjunction at one time. There must be some great symbolism in that.

  11. Indeed! And I love this phrase you've used, "masquerading as stars." So they look like stars, but what's really going on? Can you imagine how much healthier our relationships would be if we would ask that question of ourselves and our own thinking and behaving: "What's really going on?"

    1. Yes indeed. Things we should really ask ourselves and truly reflect on. If we can't be honest with ourselves, who can we be honest with in our lives. Thank you for your reflectiveness. You mirror it well for us. Katerina

  12. Thank you for the beautiful prayer reminding us that we are part of a much bigger picture and to be thankful for all the beauty around us and to not take it for granted.

  13. When you've got gratitude, you've got the spiritual life.