Canticle of Adoration

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

In solidarity with all those who suffer and lament these tragic acts of violence, I offer this prayer of peace. May it help guide you to your own center of love and give you strength to carry your word of peace in this world. Canticle of Adoration O Glorious One, form my heart into a bouquet of love: …

A Prayer for Paris

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

My husband and I were in Paris on Friday, the day of the tragedy of the attacks. Because we had colds, we ventured only a few blocks from our hotel. It is only a slip of fate that we weren’t in the neighborhood where the terrorist attacks took place. Like everyone else, we were stunned by …

Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

A contemplative life is a happy life because one knows what one wants. In our daily life, we often have many different desires—many different needs—many different attachments. These needs keep us distracted and move us in contrary directions. The contemplative life is a life in which one arrives at the one thing necessary. One arrives …

Dedication

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

by Rainer Maria Rilke I have great faith in all things not yet spoken. I want my deepest power feeling freed. What no one yet has dared to risk and warrant will be for me a challenge I must meet. If this presumptuous seems, God, may I be forgiven. For what I want to say …

Litany for Peace

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

We have prayed for peace, Unknowing of what we truly ask. Peace cannot come into the house Where love is unwelcome. Peace cannot come into the land Where injustice and oppression live. Peace cannot enter or be fostered In souls that still engage in dispute Peace does not come meekly and unarmed. Peace needs the …