downloadable PDF: Women of Faith Resources June 2019
by Margaret Felice in A Book of Grace-filled Days
“Love is more powerful than the trouble the world throws at us, so we can face those troubles with love.” (p. 184)
“Speaking about God is like talking about falling in love: there is always more to say.” (p. 189)
“There is nowhere that we cannot pray, no place that cannot be made holy.” (p. 193)
Featured Day: June 8 – United Nations World Oceans Day
The oceans play a vital role in our lives. They generate much of the Earth’s supply of oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, give us food, are the highways of international trade, and offer us incredible beauty and opportunities for recreation. Unfortunately, our oceans are often polluted and over-exploited. Coral reefs, marine habitats, and certain sea creatures are endangered.
The United Nations World Oceans Day commemorates the importance of our oceans and invites us to take part in the sustainable use of our oceans’ natural resources. World Oceans’ Day is celebrated the world over.
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Lectio Divina: Scripture and prayer for meditating
Read each selection a first time. What word or words call out to you? Read the selection a second time. Ask the words or words calling to you: “What is it you want to say to me today?”
Genesis 1:10: “God named the dry ground “Land,” and he named the water “Ocean.” God looked at what he had done and saw that it was good.”
Psalm 65:5: “By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.”
Jeremiah 31:34-36: “No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the LORD’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD of hosts is his name: If this fixed order were ever to cease from my presence, says the Lord, then also the offspring of Israel would cease to be a nation before me forever.”
Audio Divina: Music accompanied by images
Enjoy the following selections and let your heart and soul be touched by the music, the words, and the rhythm.
La Mer – The Sea: by the US Air Force Band, Full – Classical Music HD, published on May 24, 2016, is an orchestral composition composed between 1903 and 1905 by the French composer Claude Debussy. This masterpiece soon became one of Debussy’s most admired and frequently performed orchestral works. Debussy was among the most influential composers of the late 19th century. His music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of nontraditional tonalities.
As you listen, picture the various cadences and rhythm of sea waves. Let yourself be enthralled by the magnificence of the ocean in a variety of seasons.
Song of The Sea (lullaby): This is a beautiful song from the 2014 Irish animated movie “Song of the Sea” sung by Nolween Leroy. See section below for the animated movie.
For Spiritual Reading
The Healing Power of the Ocean: A visit to the beach offers us a physical, emotional, and spiritual experience.
The Oceans and Seas Reflect God’s Greatness by Pope Francis: the Catholic World Report, September 1, 2018. This is a message from Pope Francis for a day of prayer for the care of creation.
Luke 5:1-6 & ‘The Sea’ by Mary Oliver Winfield United Church, Published on May 14, 2018 Read by Jim Taylor. Enjoy this celebration of our connectedness to all of life.
Visio Divina: Art for Prayer and Meditation
“Visual images are another doorway to sacred awareness. They can touch into our desire to grow in intimacy with God. So, we encourage one another to let ourselves be touched by the colors, shapes, figures and symbols that capture our attention most as we are praying. While gazing at an image ~ a painting, a photo, an icon, a sculpture, a piece of pottery … something may leap out at us, calling our attention to something of God just waiting to reveal itself to us.”
(Ideas inspired by Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman in their book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. See also Abbey of the Arts.)
Let this image speak to you of the beauties of marine life. In prayer, let the colors and richness touch you deeply.
What does this image say to your heart about the ocean? What lived experiences in the ocean or at the seaside flood your imagination and memories?
Imagine what it would be like to surf the ocean’s waves? Or, ride waves when swimming in the ocean?
Pray for folks who clean up the oceans. Pray for folks who pollute the oceans.
Featured websites on our oceans and seas:
The animated movie Song of the Sea can be rented online.
Earth & Beautiful Ocean: Nature Ocean HD. This video presents the beauties of the ocean and its creatures.
Our Oceans and Seas Documentary: Watch a beautiful and educational documentary film made for the 3rd 48 Hour Film Festival of the 2017-2018 school year.
From the Leadership Team of Gatherings for Women of Faith
May you enjoy a Blessed World Oceans Day!