Monday, May 29, 2017

A place of heart...

    ... a broken and contrite heart, O God,
you will not despise. - Psalm 51:17

  "I still remember an evening meditation on Dutch television
during which the speaker poured water on hard, dried-out soil,
saying, 'Look, the soil cannot receive the water and no seed can grow.' 
Then after crumbling the soil with his hands and pouring water
on it again, he said, 'It is only the broken soil that can receive
the water and make the seed grow and bear fruit.'  

    After seeing this, I understood what it meant 
to begin the Eucharist with a contrite heart,
a heart broken open,
to receive the water of God's grace."

Fr Henri Nouwen
With Burning Hearts,
A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life

Photo credit (above):  Eve Anderson 

Eternal remembrance and gratitude for the innumerable, generous, 
courageous, self-sacrificing and heroic acts of service – seen and unseen.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all of the faithful departed 
through the mercy of God rest in peace. AMEN

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