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Prayer of St. Ambrose

Today is the Memorial of St. Ambrose of Milan.  His prayer seems very appropriate to the Advent season, and in some ways reminds me of the conversion of Ebenezer Scrooge (let us remember that love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable):

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake,
Amen.

Acknowledgement

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O good St. Nicholas, you who are the joy of children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood, which the Gospel speaks, and teach me to seed happiness around me.  You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas, open my faith to the mystery of God made man.  You good bishop and shepherd, help me to find my place in the Church and inspire the Church to be faithful to the Gospel.  O good Saint Nicholas, patron of children, sailors and the helpless, watch over those who pray to Jesus, your Lord and theirs, as well as over those who humble themselves before you.  Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem, when true joy and peace are found.  Amen.

Aknowledgement

Bjoertvedt.   24 November 2010.   Russian icon depicting St Nicholas with scenes from his life. Late 1400s or early 1500s. National Museum, Stockholm ( NMI 272).

I’m not sure where to begin with this one.

I suppose I could start by noting the paradox of it: A condition traditionally associated with an excess of logical thinking, and concomitant deficit in affect, is here being linked to magical thinking.

On the other hand, neither is the image of the ethereal autistic child and her faraway gaze Continue Reading »

It’s amazing, isn’t it?  Those who endure the greatest trials often ask for the simplest things, at the least cost to the potential givers.

 

This is something I published over a year ago on my now defunct autism website, Forming HorizonsDavid Snape was kind enough to reblog it shortly after, giving it greater exposure than it would otherwise have enjoyed.

Here it is now, edited and trimmed a bit, for my Into the Dance readership: Continue Reading »

A Blessed Veterans Day to all — especially to our veterans.

Billy Joel wrote this song specifically in honor of Vietnam veterans (and thank goodness, because goodness knows they went through enough both during and after their time in the service); but I think it can apply easily to all other wars as well.

For parts one through four, click here

Well I guess our subject is both timely and apropos, given the recent sexual abuse allegations against various high profile media and entertainment figures.

Sadly, this problem is very much like the Halloween franchise’s Michael Myers: It can be neutralized in individual circumstances, but it never really dies (not, at any rate, on this side of life).

But we’re talking about Wind River, so let us proceed along our course. Continue Reading »