"Do not put out the Spirit’s fire."
--I Thessalonians 5:16-24
“Our hands that reach out with the fullness of our desire must fold and rest. The fire that has burned with such glory in the autumn colors dies down, and we are left to tend our own inner fire, our heart’s desire, alone…to care for our heart and the seed of fire that is ours to nourish—to water it with our tears and warm it with our longing.”
--Kathleen Depro, spiritual writer
"The silence is all there is.
It is the alpha and the omega.
It is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blended
Note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings.
You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence...
Pray without ceasing."
--Annie Dillard, from Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters
"God of the light and of the darkness
open our eyes to the signs of failure
which reveal your presence
open our ears to your words
spoken in unexpected places
open our hearts to your love
shown towards us by those you have sent
to share our lives.
May our worship not interrupt true worship of you
may our agendas not leave out the Kingdom
may our planning not separate our confidence from
--Kathy Thorpe, from Celebrating Women
"The Christ who heals lepers comes to perform a much greater miracle – to heal us of our debilitating sense of self that fails to realize the sacredness and dignity of those we demean as 'lepers' at our own gates."
--Russell Roide, S.J.
“The Lord says, I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled.”
--Communion Antiphon, Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola
"This was the minute no one speaks of,
when she could still refuse.
A breath unbreathed,
She did not cry, “I cannot, I am not worthy.”
nor, “I have not the strength.”
She did not submit with gritted teeth,
Bravest of all humans,
Consent illumined her.
The room filled with its light,
the lily glowed in it,
and the iridescent wings.
opened her utterly."
--Denise Levertov, from Annunciation
“When the night becomes dark, your love, O Lord, is a fire, your love, O Lord, is a fire."
--Jacques Berthier, Taizé chant
“O God, what will you do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, you must give us new hearts,
tender hearts, sensitive hearts,
to replace hearts that are made of marble and bronze.
You must give us your own Heart, Jesus.”
--from a prayer by St. Claude de la Colombière, S.J.