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July 2: Day by Day with Father Bill

THURSDAY IN THE THIRTEENTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME

Prayer for Presence

Let us be present to the now. It’s all we have and it’s where God will always speak to us. The now holds everything, rejects nothing, and therefore, can receive God too.

Help us, God, to be present to the place we most fear, because it always feels empty, it always feels boring, it always feels like it’s not enough.

Help us find some space within that we don’t try to fill with ideas or opinions. Help us find space so you, loving God, can show yourself in that place where we are hungry and empty. Keep us out of the way, so there is always room enough for you.

Good God, we believe that you are here and your presence gives us hope. We thank you for each day of our lives.

We thank you for so many further chances to understand, to forgive again, to trust again, and to love. We thank you that we live now, that our problems are soul-sized.

We ask that you teach us and lead us, that you put the thought into our mind that you want us to think, the feelings in our hearts that you want us to feel.

Reconstruct us. Put us together because we don’t know how to do it ourselves.

We trust that you are hearing this prayer and that you care for the answer more than we do. We pray therefore not alone, but with the whole body of Christ in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Father Richard Rohr, OFM

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