Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sanctuary - Offering Alms of Prayers, Concerns, and Well-Being

Candles sit on the rocks and the ground, they fill the smooth tables and some even float on the small stone-lined pool. They flicker in the gentle breeze. This is a place to come and place offerings of remembrance, prayers, and well-wishes.

This space is non-partisan and completely ecumenical. Like many similar types of posts or threads for prayer requests, well-wishes, and the like, you can post about what is on your mind or in your heart. Topics can be as large as world peace or as small as grieving over a pet who recently passed away; it's about what touches you, not what others may deem important or otherwise.


  1. I make an offering of my concerns and fears, founded and unfounded; of my calm and joys, founded and unfounded; of my mistakes and correctness, intentional and unintentional; of my dread and anticipation, reasonable or unreasonable; of my actions, speech, and thoughs, whether perceived as good or bad. All that I think I am and all that I really am, I give away, whether I always realize it or not, whether I always choose it or not. May I be aware of this and accept it. May these alms be received and transformed into blessings for all encounter them.

  2. Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi...

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    where there is sadness, joy;

    Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

  3. In the center of the castle of Brahman, our own body, there is a small shrine in the form of a lotus-flower, and within that can be found a small space. We should find who dwells there, and we should want to know him. And if anyone asks, "Who is he who dwells in a small shrine in the form of a lotus-flower in the center of the castle of Brahman? Whom should we want to find and know?" We can answer: "The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars; fire and lightning and winds are there; and all that now is and all that is not; for the whole universe is in Him and he dwells within our heart."

    -from the Chandogya Upanishad


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