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We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.
    ―     Dietrich Bonhoeffer
From:  “Life Together:  The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
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2012 Check My Math
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Cat’s In The Cradle

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Every father’s prayer:  “Dear Lord, Help my children be better than me.
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2012 Evermore
2011 Unpredictable Opportunity
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I don’t believe in religion, but the aesthetics of Catholicism have stuck with me.   …   There is so much attention to detail.
I envy the faithful.  There are shrines dotted around the hillsides here in Ireland, places where saints have supposedly appeared and healed the sick.  There are wells of holy water and statues in the rocks, huts filled with prayer cards and gardens filled with painted stones in memory of loved ones who have passed away.  I like to visit them occasionally.  I sit in the stillness and observe people crying and praying and I close my eyes and try to let some of their hope get carried on the air and through my pores.  I would like to believe that everything is accounted for, that there is life after this one, and that all of our decisions hold some kind of significance or moral worth.  There is weight in religion.  It is an anchor of sorts.
I cannot believe in the vengeful patriarch of the Catholic Church but sometimes, in the daytime, when there’s no one around, I go into the church and light a candle.  I like sitting in the quiet and sensing my own insubstantiality against such old and serious things. I am learning that there is a good kind of smallness; a smallness in the face of the universe rather than a smallness in my own body.  I like the ritual of prayer and reverence, even though I can’t identify with it.  I like the feeling that other people believe in something.
  —    Jessica Andrews
From: “Saltwater: A Novel
[This quote was found on one of the blogs I follow: “Live & Learn
Located at: https://davidkanigan.com/
The specific post is at: https://davidkanigan.com/2020/07/19/sunday-morning-124/
Please visit the site if you have a minute.  —  KMAB]
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2015 Some Of This And A Pinch Of That
2014 Consensus Is Only One Side
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2012 If You Want To, If You Have Something To Offer
2011 I See Lots Of Fools
2010 Orange Inside!!
And The Band Played On…
Happy New Year!!

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No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
    —    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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2013 Just Passing Through
2012 Dog-gone Heaven
2011 Occasional, Sad Results

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If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.
    —    Raymond Inman
Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
    —    Victor Hugo
[I try sleep, myself…  But walking has worked for me, as well.    —    KMAB]
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Save the world through prayer?  I don’t think so.  I’m going to save it through laughter.
   —    Tony Hendra
From the book:  “Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul
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God,
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen
   —    Reinhold Niebuhr
[This is a longer version of the “Prayer” which I had posted years ago.  I felt it worth the addition.   —    KMAB]
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2010 My Company For A Prince!!
On The Shoulders Of Titans

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Most High glorious God,
Enlighten the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith,
sure hope and perfect charity.
Fill me with understanding and knowledge,
That I may fulfill your commands.
    —     St. Francis of Assisi
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2011 Love Questions

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No doubt there is much sanctimoniousness in the world and a lot of empty mumbling is passed off as devotion.  A man of urbanity may feel embarrassed at taking part in ceremonies where that sort of thing can occur.  I am not sure my urbanity is quite up to the mark.  Sometimes, all too often, my own praying has been depressingly mechanical.  But sometimes I have felt a sense of communication with the Force that took the trouble to give me life.  The uncommitted reader will overlook this as auto-suggestion or mental ailment.  Something too much about the author here; but it seemed less than honest to proceed on this subject without a certain clearing of the ground.
    —    Herman Wouk
From his book:  “This Is My God
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2014 Peace With Honor
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2012 Useful Science
2011 Say It, But Please Don’t Make Me Listen

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