– simple thoughts & writings &c. by Elizabeth Heimbaugh –

Category: Prayers

A Light in the Dark

God is a light in the dark when the wind is blowing.
He is beauty when the child sleeps.
He is all goodness to all people at all times, always blessing and wanting to bless.
He is peace beyond understanding in the depths of the soul.
He is kindness beyond all knowing and joy beyond all thought.
He is pure and full of light and He longs to see you happy.
He will never harm you.
He loves you with an infinite love that is greater than the sea, greater than the stars, greater than the whole universe with all its planets and forms of life.
He is radiant like the sun and luminous like the moon.
His beauty is a cure for you and all that He makes is good.
Trust in Him and He will delight your whole being.
He knows you in the depths of your heart and He can never be wrong.
He is Life itself and the author of life and He comes to give you life more abundantly.
He walks by your side and sits at your meals.
He holds you in sleep and kisses you awake.
His gaze never leaves you and He looks on you continuously in love.
He is the Truth of your being and He came to set you free.
There is no doubleness or doubt in Him.
He is Love and Life and there is no fear in Him.
He loves you and He brings you peace.

Deep Peace

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

(Adapted from ancient Gaelic runes)

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

If there is…

If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.

Invocation for Justice

I will go in the name of God,
In likeness of deer, in likeness of horse,
In likeness of serpent, in likeness of king,
Stronger am I than all persons.

The hand of God keeping me,
The love of Christ in my veins,
The strong Spirit bathing me,
The Three shielding and aiding me,
The Three shielding and aiding me;
The hand of Spirit bathing me,
The Three each step aiding me.

St. Faustina’s Present Moment

O My God,
When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my power to change, correct, or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so what the past has embraced I must entrust to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater Glory.

-St. Faustina Kowalska

Late have I loved you

From St. Augustine’s City of God:

Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you. For behold you were within me, and I outside; and I sought you outside and in my unloveliness fell upon those lovely things which you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. I was kept from you by those things, yet had they not been in you, they would not have been at all. You called and cried to me to break open my deafness and you sent forth your beams and you shone upon me and chased away my blindness. You breathed fragrance upon me, and I drew in my breath and now do pant for you….

I believe in the sun

A prayer scratched into a wall at Auschwitz: 

I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining.
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it.
I believe in God even when He is silent.

Nada te turbe

Prayer of St. Teresa of Ávila.

Nada te turbe;
nada te espante;
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda.
La paciencia
todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene
nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.

(English translation)

Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
all things are passing.
God never changes.
Patience attains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace