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Sanctuary
last edited on: Monday, March 27, 2006, 9:47 PM, Central Daylight Time















Welcome !
This is page 1 of my virtual sanctuary.

Below are some prayers and Christian inspiration for you to take a lookat:



Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
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O Divine Master,

Grant that I
may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.
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The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those,
who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but
Deliver us from evil,
for Thou art the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory,
Forever and ever,
Amen.
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PSALM 144
A Prayer for Victory and Prosperity

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
who trains my hands for battle,
my fingers for war;
My safeguard and my fortress,
my stronghold,  my deliverer,
My shield,  in whom I trust,
who subdues peoples under me.
LORD,  what are mortals that you notice them;
human beings, that you take thought of them?
They are but a breath;
their days are like a passing shadow,
LORD, incline your heavens and come;
touch the mountains and make them smoke.
Flash forth lightning and scatter my foes;
shoot your arrows and rout them.
Reach out your hand from on high;
deliver me from the many waters;
rescue me from the hands of foreign foes.
Their mouths speak untruth;
their right hands are raised in lying oaths.
O God,  a new song I will sing to you;
on a ten stringed lyre I will play for you.
You give victory to kings;
you delivered David your servant.
From the menacing sword deliver me;
rescue me from the hands of foreign foes.
Their mouths speak untruth;
their right hands are raised in lying oaths.
May our sons be like plants
well nurtured from their youth,
Our daughters, like carved columns,
shapely as those of the temple.
May our barns be full with every kind of store.
May our sheep increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
may our oxen be well fattened.
May there be no breach in the walls,
no exile, no outcry in our streets.
Happy the people so blessed;
happy the people whose God is the LORD.
Amen.
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Prayer for all the Homeless

God grant that those who have no home to live in,
will be shielded from the elements,
will be protected by the harshness of
the world outside,
when we, as your humble servants, who
have a home to live in,
have an extra room, and can spare an
extra bed,
and let us be blessed for our compassion and charity

towards one in need. Please make this world a safe haven for
all who walk alone, and without shelter, and without hope, so
that one, by one, we can make a difference. If but one man
can do right unto his God, by showing charity in sharing but
one small place, so that one person will by the grace of God,
survive, and be touched by the Spirit of Kind deeds, then,
as a nation, we can and will be the light of God's love,
shown upon the rest of humanity, in this I pray to the Lord.
Amen.
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The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity,
to accept the things that I can not change,
the courage to change the things that I am able,
and the wisdom
to know the difference.
Amen.
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The Prayer of John Sr.

Forgive others, as God has forgiven you,
Live each day as if it were your last,
and above all,
Love everybody.
Amen.
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The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners, now,
And at the hour of our death.
Amen.

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Prayer in Time of Distress

Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and oppressed.
Preserve my life, for I am loyal;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;  pity me, Lord;
to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant; to you, Lord,
I lift up my soul.
Lord, you are kind and forgiving,  most loving to all
who call on you.  Lord, hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help.
In this time of trouble I call, for you will answer me.
None among the gods can equal you, O Lord;
nor can their deeds compare to yours.
All the nations you have made shall come to bow before you,
Lord, and give honor to your name.
For you are great and do wondrous deeds;  and you alone
are God.
Teach me, LORD, your way
that I may walk in your truth, single hearted and revering
your name.
I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name
forever, Lord my God.
Your love for me is great;  you have rescued me from the depths of Sheol.
O God,  the arrogant have risen against me;  a ruthless band
has sought my life;  to you they pay no heed.
But you,  Lord, are a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger, most loving and true.
Turn to me,  have pity on me;  give your strength to your
servant;  save this child of your handmaid.
Give me a sign of your favor;
make my enemies see,  to their confusion,  that you, LORD,
help and comfort me.
Amen.
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PSALM 57
Confident Prayer for Deliverance

Have mercy on me, God,  have mercy on me.
In you I seek shelter.
In the shadow of your wings  I seek shelter
till harm pass by.
I call to God Most High,  to God who provides for me.
May God send help from heaven to save me,
shame those who trample upon me.
May God send fidelity and love.
Selah
I must lie down in the midst of lions hungry for human prey.
Their teeth are spears and arrows;
their tongue, a sharpened sword.
Show yourself over the heavens,  God;
may your glory appear above all the earth.
They have set a trap for my feet;
my soul is bowed down;
They have dug a pit before me.
May they fall into it themselves!
Selah
My heart is steadfast,  God,  my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and chant praise.
Awake,  my soul;  awake, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn.
I will praise you among the peoples, Lord;
I will chant your praise among the nations.
For your love towers to the heavens;
your faithfulness, to the skies.
Show yourself over the heavens,  God;
may your glory appear above all the earth.
Amen.
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PSALM 26
Prayer of Innocence

Grant me justice,  LORD!
I have walked without blame.
In the LORD I have trusted;
I have not faltered.
Test me, LORD, and try me;
search my heart and mind.
Your love is before my eyes;
I walk guided by your faithfulness.
I do not sit with deceivers,
nor with hypocrites do I mingle.
I hate the company of evildoers;
with the wicked I do not sit.
I will wash my hands in innocence
and walk round your altar,  LORD,
Lifting my voice in thanks,
recounting all your wondrous deeds.
LORD, I love the house where you dwell,
the tenting place of your glory.
Do not take me away with sinners,
nor my life with the violent.
Their hands carry out their schemes;
their right hands are full of bribes.
But I walk without blame;
redeem me, be gracious to me!
My foot stands on level ground;
in assemblies I will bless the LORD.
Amen.
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PSALM 5
Prayer for Divine Help

For the leader;  with wind instruments,  A psalm of David

Hear my words,  O LORD;
listen to my sighing.
Hear my cry for help,  my king, my God!
To you I pray,  O LORD;
at dawn you will hear my cry;  at dawn I will plead before you and wait.
You are not a god who delights in evil;  no wicked person
finds refuge with you;
the arrogant cannot stand before you.
You hate all who do evil;  you destroy all who speak falsely.
Murders and deceivers the LORD abhors.
But I can enter your house because of your great love.
I can worship in your holy temple
because of my reverence for you,  LORD.
Guide me in your justice because of my foes;
make straight your way before me.
For there is no sincerity in their mouths;  their hears are corrupt.  Their throats are open graves;
on their tongues are subtle lies.
Declare them guilty,  God;
make them fall by their own devices.
Drive them out for their many sins; they have rebelled against you.
Then all who take refuge in you will be glad
and forever shout for joy.
Protect them that you may be the joy of those who love
your name.
For you,  LORD, bless the just;
you surround them with favor like a shield.
Amen.
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PSALM 25
Confident Prayer for Forgiveness and Guidance

I wait for you,  O LORD;
I lift up my soul to my God.
In you I trust;  do not let me be disgraced;
do not let my enemies gloat over me.
No one is disgraced who waits for you,  but only those who lightly break faith.  Make known to me you ways, LORD;
teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.  For you I wait all the long day,  because of your goodness, LORD.
Remember your compassion and love,  O LORD;
for they are ages old.
Remember no more the sins of my youth;
remember me only in light of your love.
Good and upright is the LORD,  who shows sinners the way,
Guides the humble the way.
All the paths of the LORD are faithful love
toward those who honor the covenant demands.
For the sake of your name,  LORD,
pardon my guilt,  though it is great.
Who are those who fear the LORD?
God shows them the way to choose.
They live well and prosper,
and their descendants inherit the land.
The counsel of the LORD belongs to the faithful;
the covenant instructs them.
My eyes are ever upon the LORD,
who frees my feet from the snare.
Look upon me,  have pity on me,
for I am alone and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart;
bring me out of my distress.
Put an end to my affliction and suffering;
take away all my sins.
See how many are my enemies,  se how fiercely they hate me.
Preserve my life and rescue me;
do not let me be disgraced,  for I trust in you.
Let honesty and virtue preserve me;
I wait for you,  O LORD.
Redeem Israel,  God,
from all its distress!
Amen.
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A Prayer for World Peace

Dear God, deliver me from the hate and horrors of this world,
and instill in me your peace, that I may proclaim to all
the nations of the Earth, your truth, and let us all unite
in humanity for all people, so that your will be done, on
earth as in heaven. Make the chains of oppression weaken
until they break, and set free all suffering in bondage.
Comfort me in this moment of hope, in the middle of
chaos and discord. Though I live in a world of superficiality,
greed, and arrogance and foolishness, I seek your strength
to overcome the mediocrity and rise above it, then let my soul
rise higher so I may contribute to the cause of Justice,
honor, and equality for all mankind and help me keep my
faith, for without it I would surely be lost.
Amen.
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Prayer for Sinners

I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.  And we have this confidence in him,  that if we ask anything according to his will,  he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,  we know that what we have asked him for is ours.  If anyone sees his brother sinning,  if the sin is not deadly,  he should pray to God and he will give him life.  This is only for those whose sin is not deadly.  There is such a thing as deadly sin,  about which I do not say that you should pray.  All wrongdoing is sin,  but there is sin that is not deadly.
We know that no one begotten by God sins;  but the one begotten by God he protects,  and the evil one cannot touch him.
We know that we belong to God,  and the whole world is under the power of the evil one.  We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true.  And we are in the one who is true,  in his Son
Jesus Christ.  He is the true God and eternal life.  Children,  be on your guard against idols.
Amen.
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below are a few inspirational words

Would you want to be a "Cracked Pot"?

THE CRACKED POT

A Water Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a
pole which he carried across his neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect
and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long
walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived
only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering
only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect
to the end for which it was made.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and
miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been
made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke
to the Water Bearer one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my
load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the
way back to your master's house.
"Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't
get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The Water Bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his
compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to
notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of
the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path,
and this cheered it some.
But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked
out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its
failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers
only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side?
"That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took
advantage of it.
" I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while
 we walk back from the stream, you've watered them.

"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate my master's table.  Without you being just the way you are,
he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws.
We're all cracked pots.
But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His
Father's table.

In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste.
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Subject: Nothing is by accident (contributed by a God@Work subscriber)

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to
re-open a church in urban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting,  etc., and  on
Dec. 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On Dec 19 a terrible
tempest,  a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st,
the pastor went over to the church.  His heart sunk when he saw that the roof
had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 6 feet by 8 feet to fall off the
front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do
but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he
noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so
he stopped in.  One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored,
crochet table cloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a cross
embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole
in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite
direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her
to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later She sat in a pew
and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to
put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how
beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle.  Her face was
like a sheet. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to
see if the initials, EBG were crochet into it there. They were. These were the
initials of the woman, and she had made tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten
the tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband
were well to do people in Austria.  When the nazis came, she was forced
to leave.  Her husband was going to follow her the next week She was
captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor
keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the
least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was
only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was
almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service,
the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that
they would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood, continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor
wondered why he wasn't leaving.
The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was
identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in
Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike?

He told the pastor how the nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her
safety, and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a
concentration camp. He never saw his wife or his home again for all the
35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride.

They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken
the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of

stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest
Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story -- submitted by Pastor Rob Rid
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2Chr 36:14-16, 19-23; Ps 137; Eph 2:4-10; Jn 3:14-21

Alienated from God by sin, we sit in darkness, longing for the light of  God. Far from home, we weep rivers of tears. The songs of joy once sung are silent. How can we rejoice in a foreign land? Searching our memories we recall God's fidelity. Over and over God sent messengers to warn us, but we mocked them and despised their counsel. Too late we mourn our loss: "How could we forget you?" Yet God is rich in mercy.

We must not make the same mistake again and think this gift is our reward.
Jesus reminds us that our reward is not due to something we have done. It is through God's love that the world is saved. We have heard the words so often, our ears are dulled to their meaning. We need to be reminded: God sent Jesus to us because God loves us. The paradoxical sign of this love is the cross. Moses gives us a glimpse of what this means. When the people, bitten by venomous snakes in the desert, cry out to be saved. God tells Moses to mount a replica of the serpent on a staff.  All who look at this instrument of suffering are healed.  We have a choice.  We can die in the toxic poison of sin or turn to look upon Christ's love on the cross and be saved. We must not fear to examine ourselves. There is healing in that wonderful light.

Reflection: Am I an instrument of God's love in the world, or am I a sign of
adversity? What healing do I need?

Peace. . .Fr. Fred
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Jer 31:31-34, Ps 51: Heb 5:7-9, Jn 12-20-33

When we are faithful to God's law, God does not break the covenant.
God offers a whole new covenant. Our hearts grow cold as tablets of stone,
are broken open so that God's word can be placed within us. Create in
me a clean heart." We pray as we scrutinize ourselves. "Wash me from
my guilt, cleanse me of my sin."

Jesus knows how hard-hearted we are; he shares our flesh, our prayers
and our tears. Jesus is willing to offer his life on our behalf.  He does not
plead to be saved from this hour; it is the very purpose for which he came.
The "hour" it is lifted up is not self-glorification but an inglorious cross.
Jesus knows that holding on to life serves no one. To love one's life to the
exclusion of all else is to lose it. to let go of one's life is to gain something
of infinite value. Because he learned obedience from what he suffered, Jesus
becomes the source of new life for us all.

Christian baptism has a profound sense of this mystery of Christ's
dying and rising. The new life that emerges from the tomb is far more
beautiful than we can ever imagine.

Reflection:
How does my heart need to be cleansed and recreated?
Where do I see signs of new life?
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Acts 9:26-31; Ps 22; 1 Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8

"Give us a voice to sing your praise throughout this season of joy!" we
pray. It takes a lot of courage to tell our story in the midst of the
assembly. Paul had to testify to a community he had persecuted, and the
church had to swallow its pride in order to accept Paul as one of their own.
Barnabas stood between them as mediator--no wonder they call him 'son of
encouragement!" both sides needed support in order to be reconciled. Only
through love and forgiveness can the church make progress in faith and peace.

John knows the church is made up of "little children," brothers and
sisters who bicker and squabble. just talking about our problems is not
enough; we must act accordingly. We can be sure that God is with us to heal
and forgive despite our differences. When we love others as Jesus loves us,
everyone can see that he is with us through the Spirit.

Jesus uses the metaphor of a vine to illustrate how we live in him. A
branch can produce nothing. Connected to the vine, it can be fruitful. In
order to be productive, the barren branches must be pruned. Even the vigorous
ones must be trimmed so that their yield may increase. What does that mean to
us? It means we must be willing to say, " I'm sorry. Please forgive me." It
means saying. "I forgive your." It also means standing in the middle of a
dispute and assisting both join hands in peace. Jesus says that when we act
like him, our lives and communities will bear much fruit. people in all ages
to come will reap the harvest of justice we have sown.

Reflection; is my community a fruitful vine or a dead branch? What do we need
from one another in order to bear good fruit?

Peace. . .Fr. Fred


 



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