Daily Bread

From Today's Office
Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.
Psalm 31:23
The presence of other servants with him before God was always vital to his understanding of prayer with the saints as his friends; and that early longing for something beyond himself became a lifetime of striving for a dynamic ascent to God. His prayers followed this pattern of desire, self-knowledge, and repentance, leading into the joy of entering into the presence of God and conversing with him as a friend. —Benedicta Ward SLG, Give Love and Receive the Kingdom, Paraclete Press
Prayer of the Day

Lord Christ, you astounded your disciples when you told them how hard it is for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.  When I feel satisfied I believe I am doing fine.  It is only when I am needy that I come to you for help. May your Spirit always keep me aware of the truth about my real poverty, that I will continually seek your face.  Amen.

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