Saturday, May 19, 2012

Philomena Ewing's Prayer for World Communications Day

Philomena Ewing, who blogs at Blue Eyed Ennis, is a Cornwall, UK-based poet who I met via -- you guessed it -- social media. I count her among those Catholics who are willing to speak truth to power. How she manages to do so and still get invited to things like last year's bloggers summit at the Vatican is nothing short of miraculous.

Last week, Phil posted her own prayer for the Vatican's 46th World Communications Day (May 20, 2012). I spent about a half hour trying to decide which excerpt to post, before realizing that I want my blog's visitors to read the whole thing right here and now.

For those of us who are weary and exhausted by words, 
who find it hard to find the right words to say without rancour,
for all that we wish we could say, 
for all that we need to say to bring healing and unity, 
please Lord, let us recognise you know it all anyway, 
but nevertheless send us all the fresh inspiration
and breath of your Holy Spirit to be renewed.

Help us to be healed by your words and when we are angry and hurt
help us to find words that can express that anger cleanly and honestly
without inflicting more damage on others and ourselves.

Never let us shy away from our conscience and integrity
but keep us humble and open to try and dialogue
with those who are different in their views, however hard that is. 
Help us admit our failures and ask for forgiveness.

Help us to move slowly beyond words of resentment
towards a place of healing and peace.

Help us remove ourselves from the petty power plays of words
that are often prejudiced and aimed to undermine others 
and keep us from uttering words that deliberately hurt and alienate others. 

Help us to find ways of using words to encourage a diverse community
of many opinions but where bullying and abuse is confronted and never tolerated.

Help us to find words of respect, compassion, inclusion,
reconciliation, encouragement and hope
in the darkest times when it is so easy to 
barricade ourselves behind walls of despondency.

Where there are impasses in communication
help us to try and keep the lines of communication
and dialogue open to You and ask for your help
when we realise we cannot do it alone.

Where we find the broken-hearted 
scarred by unjust words of bigotry and abuse
help us give them a safe place to speak 
and to know they are listened to in Your love

For the rest in our church that have been silenced or censored,
for those who are under the threat of being silenced,
for those whose words are monitored,
for those who are afraid to speak out,
for those who are ignored, 
who are not invited to the table,
those who have no voice,
for those prophetic voices that cause discomfort to the hierarchy,
for all those who are reviled and/or ridiculed when they do try and speak,
I pray that the Lord will listen and hold  them close in Love in the silence of His heart.

I pray that He will keep their spirits and hopes intact 
at a difficult and discouraging time
and move those who ought to listen to open their hearts too.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing Philomena's prayer. I also appreciate her integrity and willingness to express the truth as she experiences it. I visit her blog on a daily basis for it provides much food for thought and much hope.

    I hope you are feeling better by now.

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  2. Just found the box. Thank you for sharing Philomena Ewing's beautiful timely and timeless prayer.

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  3. Printed and visible - part of a daily routine. Blessed by her prayer. Thank you for sharing.

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