Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tune our Hearts to Brave Music

"God of our life,
there are days
when the burdens we carry chafe
our shoulders and weigh us down; 
when the road seems dreary and
endless, the skies gray and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them, 
and our hearts are lonely, and 
our souls have lost their courage. 

"Flood the path with light,
turn our eyes to where the skies
are full of promise.
Tune our hearts to brave music; 
give us the sense of comradeship
with saints and heroes of every age;
and so quicken our spirits that we
may be able to encourage the souls 
of all who journey with us on 
the road of life,
to Your honor and glory."
                 (St. Augustine)

(painting: The Fern Gatherer by Charles Lidderdale, 1877)


  1. Nancy,
    Oh I love the words of St Augustine. I think of that verse that says 'when the enemy comes in like a flood the the Spirit of God will raise up a standard against Him..' And He floods us with His light. Thank goodness for His promises to us.
    Blessings and +

    1. Thank you, Caroline. I say AMEN to your thanks for His promises to us. Blessings to you!

  2. This is a lovely quote from St Augustine.
    We've all felt the way he's describing in this passage.
    I know there are days when I certainly need some brave music to tune my inner self to!

    1. Trish, thank you. I love finding such quotes, and the idea of "BRAVE music" has been really sticking in my mind. Now to just tune in to that channel.....

  3. Nancy~ That was sooo... beautiful! Thank you.

    I have a surprise waiting for you over at my Life-Size Catholic Blog. I hope you'll pop over for a visit and the "Pay It Forward" link up is open and waiting for one of your wonderful posts!!

    Blessings, Nancy!

    1. Holly, your comment came in while I was commenting on your surprise.... o my gosh.

      I clicked on your blog today and was absolutely flabbergasted. THANK YOU!! With all my heart.

      You are the person who inspired me to open this blog to comments. I have always appreciated how you respond to every comment, and with such kindness. And now, in the comments on your "surprise" page today (!), I see that you and Theresa met right back here. "It's a small world, after all..."

      I am thankful for you who help me hear the "brave music."