Carl McColman – A Prayer for Contemplatives

Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico, at Deer Lake State Park, Florida, April 2015.

O Divine Beloved, you are the source of life and the fountain of all goodness.

In the mystery of your silence we recognize who we are, for we are created in your image. You are beautiful, for you are Love. You are wisdom, for you are Truth. We worship you and ask that you restore in us the fullness of your likeness. Forgive us for all the ways that we have failed to embody your love, and heal us so that we may bring your mercy to others.

Grant us the grace of discipline in prayer, that we may tend to you in stillness and silent praise, every day of our lives.

Grant us the grace of authentic humility, that we may truly know ourselves, with humour and compassion, and respond to your universal call to holiness.

Grant us the grace of deep interior silence, that our chattering minds and anxious hearts may rest in your limitless love.

Grant us the grace of quiet confidence, that we may fully trust in you and allow that trust to form us in joyful hope.

Grant us the grace of caring discernment, that we may avoid the temptation to judge one another and instead bring insight and compassion to all our relationships.

Grant us the grace to grow in the fruit of the spirit, so that love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and mindfulness may form the character of our lives.

And finally, grant us the grace to love you with our entire being, and to love our neighbors and our enemies as we love ourselves, so that in all that we say, all that we do, and indeed in the fullness of who we are, you might be glorified and adored, for truly your beauty is our joy, your heart is our love, and your silence is our peace.

All this we ask in the name of Christ, the saviour of the world.


(Source, HERE.)



Author: DanutM

PhD in theology Director for Faith & Development Middle East & Eastern Europe Region World Vision International

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