Monday, October 1, 2007

Prayer of St. Bonaventure

Pierce, sweetest Lord Jesus, the marrow and heart of my soul with the most pleasant and wholesome wound of your love, with true, serene, and most holy apostolic charity, so that my soul may languish and melt with love for you alone, so that it may desire you and long for your courts, to long to be dissolved and be with you.

Make my soul hunger for you, the bread of Angels, the refreshment of holy souls; our daily bread, containing every sweetness and savor and delightful taste.

Let my heart hunger for you and feed on you, whom the Angels desire to look upon, and may your sweet savor fill the innermost part of my soul; may it ever thirst for you, the fountain of life, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge, the fountain of everlasting light, the torrent of pleasure, the riches of the house of God.

May it ever encompass you, seek you, find you, run to you, reach you, meditate on you, speak of you, and do all things to the praise and glory of your Name, with humility and discretion, with pleasure and delight, with ease and affection, with perseverance to the end; so that you alone may be my hope for ever, my whole assurance, my joy, my rest and tranquility, my peace, my pleasure, my fragrance, my sweetness, my food, my refreshment, my refuge, my help, my wisdom, my portion, my possession, and my treasure, in whom my mind and my heart may be firmly and steadfastly rooted for ever. Amen.

(translated by Rev. Christopher Tessone, AIHM)

4 comments:

Songbird said...

Mother Laura, thinking of you and hoping you are healing.

Mother Laura said...

Yes, thank you so much, Songbird....I am feeling physically well, just tired, and amazingly surrounded by love and grace.

Mother Laura said...

Please pray for my local Sophia sister, who was kicked out of the small IC congregation where she had been a very faithful ministering member. This happened because she chose to enter the ordination process with Sophia Catholic Communion, after she had been told that she was too liberal for their jurisdiction....She is very hurt and trying to gather her energy for a loving confrontation (even knowing it won't likely change anything on their part, just for her own healing and dignity).

Tammy Gray said...

Prayers for continued healing Mother Laura and prayers for your Sophia sister. Conflicts of these kinds can be so damaging. I keep reminding myself that ultimately nothing can harm me unless I allow it to seperate me from my relationship with God.