Welcome to the Athboy Parish Prayer Space
Prayer is an essential and life giving part of our faith. Spontaneous prayer together with traditional prayers are important in our lives. One can be enriched by the other and our faith can be helped to grow and develop by using both.
This space is dedicated to prayers, scripture and inspirational thoughts that you may find useful.
Firstly we remember the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta:
“Start and end the day with prayer. Come to God as a child. If you find it hard to pray you can say “Come Holy Spirit, guide me, protect me, clear out my mind so that I can pray,” Or, if you pray to Mary, you can say, “Mary, Mother of Jesus, be a mother to me now, help me to pray.”
Below are some of our favourite prayers at the moment:
AN ADVENT POEM
If you want, the Virgin will come walking down the road
pregnant with the holy and say,
“ I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart, my time is so close.”
Then, under the roof of your soul,
you will witness the sublime intimacy,
the divine, the Christ, taking birth forever,
as she grasps your hand for help,
for each of us is the midwife of God, each of us.
Yes there, under the dome of our being
does creation come into existence eternally,
through your womb, dear pilgrim
– the sacred womb of your soul,
as God grasps our arms for help:
for each of us is his beloved servant, never far.
If you want, the Virgin will come
walking down the street
pregnant with Light and sing.
(by St John of the Cross 1542-1592 whose feastday is Dec 14th.
He was a Carmelite, a man of prayer an outstanding poet and a spiritual writer )
THE SIMPLE PATH
The fruit of silence is PRAYER
The fruit of prayer is FAITH,
The fruit of faith is LOVE,
The fruit of love is SERVICE,
The fruit of service is PEACE.
St. Mother Teresa
PRAYER FOR PEACEFULNESS
Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you
Everything is changing
God alone is changeless
Patience attains the goal
One who has God lacks nothing
God alone fills our needs.
(Teresa of Avila 1515-1582)