Contemplative songs and simple contemplative practices for these times of social distancing.


Contemplative Song: Within

Within, Within.
Within my soul a treasure lies,
The God of heaven and earth resides within.
Within.
This temple built of flesh and bone,
Contains inside God’s holy throne!
Within. Within. Within.

In faith.
In fear.
No matter what may come along,
Within my heart you sing a song of hope.
Of love.
A reassuring melody,
That stores from deep inside of me.
Within. Within. Within.


Contemplative Song - I Am Loved

I am not who I was,
I am not who I will be.
I am loved.
I am not what I’ve done,
I am not what I will do.
I am loved.
I am beautifully broken,
Through my darkness shines Your light.
I am loved.


 

Contemplative Chant - The Bridge

Created world, Creative world,
Between two worlds a bridge.

Be sure you understand this. Be sure you understand!
Be sure you understand this. Between two worlds a bridge.

You yourself, within yourself,
Between two worlds a bridge.

Be sure you understand this. Be sure you understand!
Be sure you understand this. Between two worlds a bridge.


Meditation on Communion adapted from Teilhard de Chardin

“Since once again Lord I have neither bread nor wine nor altar. I will raise myself beyond these symbols up to the pure majesty of the real itself. I, your priest, will make the whole earth my altar, and on it I will offer you all the labors and the sufferings of the world.”

“I will place on my paten Lord God all the harvest to be won from your renewal.”

“Into my chalice, I shall pour all the sap which is to be pressed out this day from the earth’s fruits and from its sufferings. All the things in the world to which this day will bring increase; all those that will diminish; all those, too, that will die: all of them, Lord, I try to gather into my arms so as to hold them out to you in offering. This is the material of my sacrifice, the only material you desire.”

~PIerre Teilhard de Chardin


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