The fruit of silence

The fruit of silence is prayer,
the fruit of prayer is faith,
the fruit of faith is love,
the fruit of love is service,
the fruit of service is peace.

Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize 1979 (1910-1997), Quotations book 2007

Strength

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The Bible, Philippians 4:13 (ERV)

Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

attributed to Agnes M. Pharo – American author (1904-1985)

Celtic Benediction

May God shield me, may God fill me,
may God keep me and watch over me.

May God bring me in the land of peace,
to the country of the king, to the peace of eternity.

Praise to the Father, praise to the Son,
praise to the Spirit, the three in one.

Amen.

Celtic benediction

Watchword 2010

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.

The Bible, John 14:1 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2010

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

World at peace

A world at prayer is a world at peace.

Al Scalpone – American author and scriptwriter (1913-2000), Quotations book 2015

Faith in God

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

The Bible, Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

Watchword 2008

I live, you also will live.

The Bible, John 14:19 (NIV) – Quotations book 2008

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2019

Seek peace and pursue it.

The Bible, Psalms 34:15 (NIV) – Quotations book 2019

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Who am I?

Who am I? They often tell me I would step from my cell’s confinement calmly, cheerfully, firmly, like a squire from his country-house.

Who am I? They often tell me I would talk to my warden freely and friendly and clearly, as though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me I would bear the days of misfortune equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really all that which other men tell of, or am I only what I know of myself, restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage, struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat, yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds, thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness, trembling with anger at despotisms and petty humiliation, tossing in expectation of great events, powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance, weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making, faint and ready to say farewell to it all.

Who am I? This or the other? Am I one person today, and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, and before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling? Or is something within me still like a beaten army, fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – German Lutheran theologian (Confessing Church) and resistance fighter (1906-1945), from “Widerstand und Ergebung”

Watchword 2015

Accept one another as Christ accepted us, to the glory of God.

The Bible, Romans 15:7 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2015

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2009

What is possible with man is possible with God.

The Bible, Lucas 18:27 (NIV) – Zitateheft 2009

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Examen of Consciousness

1. God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.
2. God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and help as I review this day.
3. God, help me now to review the events of this day in order to recognize your blessings and my shortcomings.
4. God, I ask your forgiveness for my failings and I thank you for all your blessings.
5. As I look forward to the remainder of this day (or tomorrow) make me aware that you are with me, show me how to become the person you want me to be.

following Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Jesuit order(1491-1556), Quotations book 2005

Hør

Han meente at det at bede er at tale; han lærte at det at bede ikke blot er at tie, men er at høre. Og saaledes er det; at bede er ikke at høre sig selv tale, men er at komme til at tie, og at blive ved at tie, at bie, til den bedende hører Gud.

He thought that to pray is to speak; he learned that to pray is not only to be silent but is to listen. And so it is; to pray is not to listen to oneself speak but is to become silent and to remain silent, to wait until the one praying hears God.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from “The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air: Three Godly Discourses” (“Lilien paa Marken og Fuglen under Himlen. Tre gudelige Taler”, 1849), Quotations book 2021

Pray

We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving.
We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud.
We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting.
We need to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient.

Billy Graham – born William Franklin Graham jr., American evangelist (1918-2018), from his devotion “The Privilege of Prayer”, published in “Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional” (1986)

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve as you deserve;
To give and not count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to ask for rest;
To labor and not ask for reward;
Save that of knowing I am doing your will.

Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Jesuit order (1491-1556), Quotations book 2006

Watchword 2007

Behold! I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

The Bible, Jesaja 43:19a (ESV) – Quotations book 2007

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2002

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.

The Bible, Jesaja 12:2 (KJV) – Quotations book 2002

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2021

Jesus Christ said: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

The Bible, Lucas 6:36 (NIV) – Quotations book 2021

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2016

God says: As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.

The Bible, Isaiah 66:13 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2016

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Root of all Evil

I have found the root of all the trouble to be the neglect of prayer. The first renewal in the society must begin with prayer.

Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize 1979 (1910-1997)

Prayer

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Phillips Brooks – American Episcopal clergyman, 1891-1893 Bishop of Massachusetts (1835-1893), from his sermon “Going up to Jerusalem”, in “Twenty Sermons” (1886)

Watchword 2006

I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

The Bible, Josua 1:5 (KJV) – Quotations book 2006

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Bøn

Bønnen forandrer ikke Gud, men den forandrer den bedende.

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from his preface to “Edifying Discourses in Diverse Spirits”, part I (1847), Quotations book 2021

Watchword 2011

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The Bible, Romans 12:21 (NIV) – Quotations book 2011

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Life

For those who are faithful to you, Lord, life is not lost but changed.

from the Catholic requiem

Prayers

Thy prayers are all filed in heaven, and if not immediately answered they are certainly not forgotten.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from “Morning and Evening: Daily Readings” (1866), Quotations book 2016

Creation

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. God saw the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

The Bible, Genesis 1-4 (NIV) – Quotations book 2005

Watchword 2013

Here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

The Bible, Hebrew 13:14 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2013

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Kæmpe

Den rette Bedende strider i Bønnen og seirer – derved, at Gud seirer.

One who prays aright struggles in prayer and is victorious – in that God is victorious.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from a speech with the same title, in “Four Upbuilding Discourses” (1844)

Blessing

The Lord bless you and be close to you.
May he satisfy the hidden longings of your heart.
The Lord grant you wisdom and grace
and give you deep understanding.

May the Lord bless you
and deliver you from temptation,
and empower you with the spirit of prayer,
that you might pray without ceasing
and experience the constant presence of the Lord,
your God, who looks after you.

The Lord bless you with joy
that your heart sings the praises of God
and give Him thanks in everything
no matter the circumstances.

The Lord bless you today with something precious,
that you might recognize it as His gift,
a tangible sign of this this blessing.

May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you
and give you His deep and lasting peace.

Blessingprayer – Quotations book 2016

Prayer for our house

God, our Heavenly Father, make, we pray, the door of this house, wide enough to welcome all who need human love and fellowship and a Father’s care, but narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and lack of love.
Here may the tempted find help, the sorrowing receive comfort, and the penitent be assured of your mercy; and here may all your children renew their strength and go on their way in hope and joy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Thomas Ken – English Anglican clergyman, 1685-91 Bishop of Bath & Wells (1637-1711), Quotations book 2014

Watchword 2022

Jesus Christ said: I will never send away anyone who comes to me.

The Bible, John 6:37 (NIRV)

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2017

God says: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.

The bible, Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) – Zitateheft 2017

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Irish blessing

Walk carefully as you come here for God is here before you.
Walk humbly as you come here for two or three are gathered.
Walk softly as you come here for the spirit may speak in the silence of this place.

from Ireland

Watchword 2012

Jesus Christ said: My power is made perfekt in weakness.

The Bible, 2. Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) – Quotations book 2012

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2004

Jesus Christ says: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Bible, Marcus 13:31 (NIV) – Quotations book 2004

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and for ever.
Amen.

The Bible, Matthew 6:9-13 – furthest spread prayer in christianity, version by the English Language Liturgical Consultation (1988), Quotations book 2017

The Lord is on you

May the Lord go before you to lead you,
May the Lord go behind you to protect you,
May the Lord go beneath you to support you,
May the Lord go above you to bless you,
May the Lord be within you to help you rightly serve him in body, soul and spirit
and sanctify his name.

May the triune God bless you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

blessing

Blessing

I wish you not a path of devoid of clouds,
nor a life on a bed of roses,
nor that you might never need regret,
nor that you should never feel pain.
No, that is not my wish for you.
My wish for you is:
That you may be brave in times of trial,
when others lay crosses upon your shoulders.
When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed;
when hope scarce can shine through.
That every gift God gave you might grow along with you.
And let you give the gift of joy to all who care for you.
That you may always have a friend who is worth that name.
Whom you can trust,
and who helps you in times of sadness.
Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.
One more wish I have for you:
That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you
This is my wish for you, and all who care for you.
This is my hope for you, now and forever.

Irish blessing – Quotations book 2013

Relief

Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.

Johan Chrysostom – born Johan of Antioch, Greek Doctor of Church, 398-407 Archbishof of Constantinopel (344 or 349-407), from his easter Sermon, Quotations book 2016

Watchword 2014

But for me it is good to be near God.

The Bible, Psalm 73:28 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2014

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Watchword 2020

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

The Bible, Marcus 9:24 (NIV) – Quotations book 2020

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Instrument de paix

Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l’amour.
Là où il y a l’offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l’union.
Là où il y a l’erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l’espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.

père française pour la paix, d’abord publié dans le magazine “La Clochette” 1912, Brochure de citation 2016

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, harmony.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

French peace prayer-  first published in the magazine “La Clochette” 1912, Quotations book 2016

Our deepest fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most.
We ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t save the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some of us: It’s in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others

Marianne Williamson – American author and scholar (b. 1952). This Quote is oft falsely attributed to Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech from 1994, see: ANC history

Watchword 2018

God says: To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

The bible, Revelation 21:6 (NIV) – Quotations book 2018

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.