'Do as vinedressers or gardeners whenever a storm threatens...
They run to a shelter and stay there in peace until the storm passes.
That is what I want you to do with the grace of God.
Always remain quiet and calm in the shelter of God's will,
under the almighty protection of the Most High.'
St. Paul of the Cross
Painting: Walter Withers, The Storm, Google Art Project
Lord God, You are holy and merciful and ___________________________________ I thank You for ________________________________________________________ The people I bring before You today are____________________________________
Please forgive me for ___________________________________________________ Please help with _______________________________________________________ I would like to talk with You about ________________________________________ I adore You because____________________________________________________ Throughout this day ____________________________________________________
May You be glorified in me, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Painting: Anna Ancher, in US public domain due to age (PD-US)
'This is the path which leads to death: Men first leave off private prayer; then they neglect the due observance of the Lord's day; then they gradually let slip from their minds the very idea of obedience to a fixed law; then they actually allow themselves things which their conscience condemns; then they lose the direction of their conscience, which, being ill used, at length refuses to direct them. And thus, being left by their true inward guide, they are obliged to take another guide, their reason, which by itself knows little or nothing about religion; then their blind reason forms a system of right or wrong for them, as well as it can, flattering to their own desires, and presumptuous where it is not actually corrupt. No wonder such a scheme contradicts Scripture, which it is soon found to do; not that they are certain to perceive this themselves; they often do not know it, and think themselves still believers in the Gospel, while they maintain doctrines which the Gospel condemns. But sometimes they perceive that their system is contrary to Scripture; and then, instead of giving it up, they give up Scripture, and profess themselves unbelievers. Such is the course of disobedience, beginning in slight omissions, and ending in open unbelief.'
John Henry Cardinal Newman
Painting by Blonskaya, in US public domain due to age (PD-US)