There may be prayers you learnt as a child that you remember at least in part and it wouldn’t take too many recitations to bring back the complete text. Some favourites for me include the prayers: “Soul of Christ, Sanctify Me…” and “Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary…” and the hymns “Lead Kindly Light” and “O Love that Will not let me go.”
The LORD’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
in pastures green; He leadeth me
the quiet waters by.
My soul He doth restore again;
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for His own name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear no ill;
for Thou art with me, and Thy rod
and staff me comfort still.
My table Thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
my head Thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
and in God’s house for evermore
my dwelling place shall be.
If you would like to listen to as you drive or work today you might appreciate this link to the psalm sung to the well-known melody “Crimond.”
You might like to make this psalm your prayer today, using even just a line or two. You might also like to remember a prayer that you learnt as a child but might not have prayed for many decades. Recall the prayer and see if you can still pray it searching online if you need help to remember the full text. Take a moment to share the prayer or hymn you recall at the comment link below.
I like that. The world as the theatre of human history, that is, the world as the place where God and people meet and live together.
When the angel left Mary, the challenges and problems of this new era of her life had just begun.
Unbridled ambition is problematic and resentment is exhausting. Love, generosity and forgiveness really is foundational,
Rote learning was a norm in my primary school days, repetition of the times tables, two times two equals four, three times two
So simple that children who naturally and naively live with open eyes and ears get it, when we adults too often miss the point.