prayers for second week of lent

 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but don’t have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.


for Transfiguration

God of truth,
a blessing you promised
and a blessing you give.
Through deserts and up mountains we follow Jesus
and there find you…
and ourselves
as we were meant to be.

We long to hold on to that vision, O God.
We try
to set up tents and stay as long as we can,
because it is there
that we know
we are truly home.

But faith calls us,
for it was in faith
that Jesus Lived life
and accepted death.
His faith in you
was born of love.
His love
was born of freedom.

In Jesus,
the bright cloud
of your grace
is forever upon us.
may we be willing
to leave
the mountaintop
of life
and walk the plains
of every day.


from A Time to Turn…The Paschal Experience  by Anita M. Constance, SC, illustrated by Anne Haarer, SC, (Paulist Press, 1995).

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