A Book of Prayers

Recently I was at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church just outside Batesville, IN for a wedding.  This church is in the countryside among the rolling farm lands of Indiana.  For some reason I felt really comfortable there.  It was like many a good soul has worshipped in this church.

I have not been to church much but when I do go I always learn something.  Maybe that is telling me I should go more often.

This church had a book of prayers and one prayer sums up what we are trying to accomplish in this blog.  It is a prayer of St. Benedict.

Gracious and Holy Father, grant us the intellect to understand you, reason to discern you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, a spirit to know you, a heart to meditate upon you.  May our ears hear you, may our eyes behold you, and may our tongues proclaim you.  Give us grace that our way of life may be pleasing to you, that we may have the patience to wait for you and the perseverance to look for you.  Grant us a perfect end – your holy presence, a blessed resurrection and life everlasting.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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