The news that is standing out most for me today is about the deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, and the aftermath that is still going on now.  With so much argument about what happened, didn’t happen, and what needs to be done, maybe we should remember, at least for a few minutes as we pray, that St. John of the Cross taught us that “the language [God] hears best is silent love.”

I’m thinking about that. And I want to pray the news like that today.

Take me there, Jesus.

Humble me, that You may take my praying heart wherever you want it to go, to do whatever You want to do, with Your mercy and love.

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice.”  (Mt. 5:6) So let us hunger for righteousness intensely, that we may be filled.

Let us also be willing to be shown what is ours to do, and to allow the Holy Spirit to pray within us in this matter.

Before God’s altar in our hearts, let us be silent and open for at least a few minutes today.

In this way may each of us become, “a smooth channel for the outflow of [God’s] divine will into this world.” (Adrian van Kaam)

There shall be no hurt or harm on all my holy mountain,

and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of God

as water fills the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)


Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. 

I’m going to turn off the news now and do something more useful.

Come pray with me.