Saturday, September 24, 2011

Conversing With God

So this is take 2 of this post. Thank you to those who let me know that the link did not work, and to Victor for all his techie help. Since I did not want to go the e-book route right now, I have published the reflections as a stand alone page. Click the tab titled Seaside Reflections above and it will take you to the reflections.

Well, as promised, the reflections I wrote while on retreat are finally organized and as ready as they will ever be for publication.
I consider these reflections the visible fruit of my retreat; there is, I hope much that is not readily visible as well. I was greatly influenced by Thomas Merton's prayers and writings. If you have never read anything by him before, I highly recommend him as a spiritual author.
All I really want to say to my readers is in the Preface to the Reflections, so I won't repeat any of it here.
To those of you who will read the reflections contained in Conversing With God By the Sea, I thank you and I pray they edify your faith and love for God in some way. Above all, I pray they have glorified God in some small way.


Colleen said...

I just got home from my retreat. I am looking forward to reading your reflections. I LOVE Merton but I guess you probably know that. Go figure, right? God bless! And many hugs!

Karinann said...

Welcome back Colleen. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and reflections from your retreat.
A little fun fact about Merton: I found out that he actually worked in a kitchen with one of the men who attends our daily Mass. Small world!

Colleen said...

Small world indeed! That is awesome!
I found your reflections ok. Cannot wait to read them.
God bless!

mary333 said...

Thank you, Karin! I just started reading them!

Karinann said...

You are welcome, Mary. Thank you for taking the time to read them.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.