Rohr on Addiction and 1st World Problems

“Our suffering in developed countries is primary psychological, relational, and addictive: the suffering of people who are comfortable on the outside but oppressed and empty within. It is a crisis of meaninglessness, which leads us to try to find meaning in possessions, perks, prestige, and power, which are always outside of the self. It doesn’t work. So we turn to ingesting food, drink, or drugs, and we become addictive consumers to fill the empty hole within us.”

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Holy Spirit Prayer

This was on the wall at the retreat center I stayed at last month.  I stopped to read it each time I passed by. It has become my favorite prayer outside of the Bible:

Come, Holy Spirit,
breathe down upon our troubled world.
Shake the tired foundations of our crumbling institutions.
Break the rules that keep you out of our sacred spaces.
And from the dust and rubble, gather up the seedlings of a new creation.

Come, Holy Spirit,
enflame once more the dying embers of our weariness.
Shake us out of our complacency.
Whisper our names once more, and scatter your gifts of grace with wild abandon.
Break open the prisons of our inner being and let your raging justice be our sign of liberty.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and lead us to places we would rather not go;
Expand the horizons of our limited imaginations.
Awaken in our souls dangerous dreams for a New tomorrow and rekindle in our hearts the fire of prophetic enthusiasm.

Come, Holy Spirit,
whose justice outwits international conspiracy;
Whose light outshines spiritual bigotry,
Whose peace can overcome the destructive potential of warfare,
Whose promise invigorates our every effort to create a new heaven and a new earth,
Now and forever.

Amen.

Diarmuid O’Murchu

(Had to google the words to find the author.)

Unanswered/Unspoken Prayers

I asked God for strength that I might achieve,
I was made weak that I might learn to obey.

I asked for health that I might do great things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power when I was young that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need for God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all people, most richly blessed.

Peter Scazzero