Prayers

A Summer Blessing
A Woman's Conversation with God
Advent Prayer
Anima Christi
Authentic Presence
Beauty
Call Upon Mary
Father, We Thank Thee
Guardian Angel Prayer
Hail Mary
Joy
Joy Full
Memorare
Prayer for Autumn Days
Prayer Guides' Prayer
Prayer of Mother Theresa
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Ready for Spring
Softening the Soul
The Serenity Prayer
The Welcoming Prayer
Threshold Door
Walking My Path


Leaves in Frontyard

Authentic Presence (by Annette L. Sherwood, 2011)
Autumn splendor is all around
trees dropping their green for their authentic colors
which are so temporary
despite their trueness

like us, they cling to the false self
the reaction to something outside of self
leaves are green because of the sun

truly they are yellow and orange
red and rust
they fade so fast
just as their truth appears real to us

we fall for their beauty
and then as if the truth can not be contained
leaves change brown and fall away
and are swept away

they are dismissed just as they are disclosed

open my eyes God, to the true colors of your people
don't let me wait until the color appears
at the end of life

let me know that even though some appear brown
and fading
they are bright yellow, red, and orange

help me see your light filled radiance
and remain awed in their miraculous presence
~ Amen

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Generosity, Self-Control - The Fruit of the Spirit, GAL 5:22-23