In the face of your enemies, in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt, you held firm in your faith. Even in your abandonment, alone and without friends, you held firm in your faith. Even as you faced your own mortality, you held firm in your faith. I pray that I may be as bold in my beliefs as you, St. Joan. I ask that you ride alongside me in my own battles. Help me be mindful that what is worthwhile can be won when I persist. Help me hold firm in my faith. Help me believe in my ability to act well and wisely. Amen.
Pray inwardly, even if you do not enjoy it.
It does good, though you feel nothing.
Yes, even though you think you are doing nothing.
Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.
It is laying hold of His willingness.
This is our Lord’s will…
that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large.
For if we do not trust as much as we pray,
we fail in full worship to our Lord in our prayer;
and also we hinder and hurt ourselves.
The reason is that we do not know truly
that our Lord is the ground from which our prayer springeth;
nor do we know that it is given us by his grace and his love.
If we knew this, it would make us trust
to have of our Lord’s gifts all that we desire.
For I am sure that no man asketh mercy and grace with sincerity,
without mercy and grace being given to him first.
—Julian of Norwich, 1373
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that
anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help,
or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins,
To you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy,
hear and answer me.
—Memorare, Roman Catholic Prayer
Oh our Mother the Earth,
Oh our Father the Sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts that you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness. May the warp be the bright light of morning; May the fringes be the falling rain;
May the borders be the standing rainbow. Thus weave for us a garment of brightness, that we may walk fittingly where birds sing; That we may walk fittingly where grass is green.
Oh our Mother the Earth, oh our Father the Sky.
—Tewa Tribal Song
By a woman and a tree the world first perished;
I wish, O Son of the living God,
eternal, ancient King,
for reconciliation between the sexes
that I might answer your calling.
I pray, O Son of the living God, eternal, ancient King,
Goose of the Wild,
Keep me from despair,
Hear my prayer.
I pray, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for compassion in men’s hearts
that they could view women as clean.
I strive, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
For a new paradigm, not princess or b*tch,
that views women as strong and not mean.
I hope, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for society to know women have worth
after their children are weaned,
or at least after the age of eighteen.
I long, O Child of the living God, eternal, ancient Queen,
for rest within the body that is me,
that I may be serene.
—Kate Rae Davis
This life that now we know!
—Tewa Traditional Prayer
This life you must know
Therefore, set your goal.
Ren zhi chu
Xing ben shan
Xing xiang jin
Xi xiang yuan
Gou bu jiao
Xing nai qian
Jiao zhi dao
Gui yi zhuan
When a child is born,
at the root, it is good.
Everyone’s nature is the same
but everyone experiences different things.
If there is no Way,
we will move away from our nature.
The teaching of the Way
is valuable because it is particular to each [woman and] man.
—Thirteenth Century Southern Chinese Poem