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Weekly Prayer #7

March 14th, 2007 by Jason · 2 Comments

This prayer, by St. Francis, is one of my favorites because it gives such a vivid, full picture of God. I also like how he holds together several paradoxes (i.e. God is wisdom and humility, joy and justice, etc.).

You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and your deeds are wonderful.

You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High,
You are almighty.
You, holy Father, are
King of heaven and earth.

You are Three and One,
Lord God, all good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.

You are love,
Youare wisdom.
You are humility,
You are endurance.
You are rest,
You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches,
And you suffice for us.

You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector,
You are our guardian and defender.
You are courage.
You are our haven and our hope.

You are our faith,
Our great consolation.
You are our eternal life,
Great and wonderful Lord,
God almighty,
Merciful Saviour.

I love the line You are our faith. Faith often can feel like such an abstract thing—a belief in something that cannot be seen or touched, something that is internal and private. But St. Francis affirms that faith is not some nebulous idea or philosophy, but a person, Jesus of Nazareth, God incarnate.

Tags: prayers · spirituality

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 isaac s . // Mar 27, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Jason. I’m going to print and read again when I wake up in the morning. You are our faith is the line that caught me on my first read. Partly for the reasons you mention. Both of the words “faith” and “love” bring such an undefinable essence. I’ve come to comprehend these universal words kind of like this prayer. First I see them as action, motion (dare I say “work”). But in that I hear a sort of sound that echoes and reminds me they’re more than singular actions of will, but a part of a perfect harmony of God’s being, and accordingly have a source—you said it, Jesus Christ. The Word of God(?). In this way, the reality of the kingdom is actually being spoken into existence when we obey the command to love God and love each other.

    Just some thoughts to acknowledge your sharing. I appreciate it, though I don’t make it here to read everything very often. Hi to Isaac V.

  • 2 Micky // May 8, 2007 at 4:43 am

    About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

    Peace Be With You