Nay_ho_tze's Medicine Musings

                  ...from the Holy Rosary Bulletin

I cannot say Our

    if my religion has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot say Father
    if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily living.
I cannot say Who art in Heaven
    if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly origins.
I cannot say Hallowed be Thy Name
    if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.
I cannot say Thy kingdom come
    if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty
    and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say Thy will be done
    if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot say on Earth as it is in Heaven
    unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service.
I cannot say Give us this day our daily bread
    without expending honest effort for it,
    or ignoring the genuine needs of my neighbours.
I cannot say Forgive us our trespasses
    as we forgive those who trespass against us
    if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say Lead us not into temptation
    if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation
    where I am likely to be in temptation.
I cannot say but deliver us from evil
    if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm
    with the weapons of word and prayer.
I cannot say for Thine is the kingdom
    if I fear what my neighbours may say or do.
I cannot say and the glory
    if I first seek my own glory.
I cannot say and the power
    if in my heart I fear what that power represents.
I cannot say forever and ever.
    if I am anxious about this day’s affairs.
I cannot say Amen
    unless I honestly believe,
Cost what it may, 
this is my prayer.

                               -from The Life of the Virgin Mary

Fills now my cup, and past thought 
is my fulness thereof. I harden as a stone
sets hard at its heart.
Hard that I am, I know this alone:
that thou didst grow—
— — — — — and grow,
to outgrow,
as too great pain,
my heart’s reach utterly.
Now liest thou my womb athwart,
now can I not to thee again
give birth.

                                 Rainer Maria Rilke

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