Archive for May, 2020

Prayer to the Holy Spirit, the Wild One

30 May, 2020


Spirit, Wild One,
sweeping in, unseen, unannounced,
unexpected, uncompromising
pressing through the door
startling those hovering in fear
shaking them out of the corners,
awakening concealed gifts.

Spirit, Wild One,
relentless loving presence,
bringing strength to the weak,
courage to the fearful,
determination to the doubtful,
joy to the disheartened,
faith to the disbelieving.

Spirit, Wild One,
come whirling into my soul space,
gathering what remains in disarray,
lift up what is neglected,
send forth what wants to holdback,
impassion what hesitates,
heal what remains wounded.

Spirit, Wild One,
breathe large gusts in me,
sweeping through my being,
drench me with hope,
soften my resistance,
wrap your love around me
until I welcome you fully.

Prayer Seeds | Joyce Rupp, p175

Pentecost Sunday

30 May, 2020


Lord, Holy Spirit, you blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks. Inside and outside the fences, you blow where you wish to blow.

Lord, Holy Spirit, you are the sun who shines on the little plant. You warm him gently, you give him life, you raise him up to become a tree with many leaves.

Lord, Holy Spirit, you are the mother eagle with her young, holding them in peace under your feathers. On the highest mountain you build your nest, above the valley, above the storms of the world, where no hunter ever comes.

Lord, Holy Spirit, you are the bright cloud in whom we hide, in whom we know already that the battle has been won. You bring us to our Brother Jesus to rest our heads upon his shoulder.

Lord, Holy Spirit, in the love of friends you are building a new house, heaven is with us when you are with us. You are singing your song in the hearts of the poor. Guide us, wound us, heal us. Bring us to God.

James K. Baxter,  (New Zealand)  – Your Will Be Done (Christian Conference of Asian Youth 1984).


O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Salvation .. from Hildegard of Bingen

23 May, 2020

imagesHildegard of Bingen, a 12th century contemporary of Bernhard [of Clairvaux], left one of the more amazing accounts of the mystic life in her Illuminations, a verbal and pictorial account of her visions. In her highly original theological imagination, sin is conceived as the drying up of the sap of life. When we are unjust and uncaring, we become cold, hard, brittle, and dusty. Salvation is verdancy, greening, juiciness. Jesus, the juiciest of the juicy, is Greenness Incarnate. The Holy Spirit is the greening power that makes all things grow and sends merciful dew into the human heart to overcome dryness. | Sam Keen, Hymns to an Unknown God

A Passionist “Examen” by the Superior General

23 May, 2020



Praying the fruits of the Holy Spirit

21 May, 2020


A reflection in preparation for Pentecost by Passionists Brigid Murphy CP and Karen Englebretsen CP

Pentecost 2020 (.pdf)