Daily Prayers for November 29

Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980)

Dorothy Day was born in Brooklyn in 1897. She worked as a journalist for radical newspapers in the 1920s and found most of her friends in the bohemian crowds that gathered in Greenwich Village. While living with a man she loved in 1926, she became pregnant and experienced a mysterious conversion to -Jesus. As a Roman Catholic, she struggled to unite her personal faith with passion for social justice until she met Peter Maurin, with whom she founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933. Through hospitality houses in the city, agronomic universities on the land, and roundtable discussions for the clarification of thought, they aimed to “create a new society within the shell of the old,” offering American Christianity the witness of a new monasticism that combines piety and practice, charity and justice.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Come, Thou Fount”

Teach us, Lord, every day : the duty of delight.

Psalm 139:10 16

If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me : and the light around me turn to night,”

darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day : darkness and light to you are both alike.

For you yourself created my inmost parts : you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will thank you because I am marvelously made : your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

My body was not hidden from you : while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book : they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.

How deep I find your thoughts, O God! : how great is the sum of them!

Teach us, Lord, every day : the duty of delight.

Micah 7:1 – 10 Mark 13:24 – 31

Teach us, Lord, every day : the duty of delight.

Dorothy Day said, “The greatest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, you show us the same compassion and commitment that a mother has for her tiny child. Teach us to care so completely. Show us how to delight in serving with the same joy you show in nurturing your creation. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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