Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More Inspiration: The Prayer of Saint Francis

I find it funny how some thing I have seen or heard a million times can suddenly take on new meaning in my life. This often happens to me with music, or poetry. These moments of realization occur when I take the time to really listen to a prayer I'm saying, or read something with new eyes. Often times. it takes slowing down, paying attention, being in the moment. Some times I think that after living more, experiencing more, I'm able to see new things in favorite passages or songs.

That is exactly what happened to me with the Prayer of Saint Francis. I know I'd heard the prayer before, but I don't know that I'd ever heard it sung. But, one day I heard it sung on TV, and it captured my heart. Later I heard a version by Cecilia, and it quickly became my favorite. Her voice is breath taking.

Earlier this month, my car was broken in to. It's was a rattling experience to know that someone, a stranger, had gone through my things. I knew right away that they took some money, and my Fastrak pass. Maybe some receipts, and possibly one of my registration papers.

I couldn't think of anything else that was missing until I was driving out to San Damiano to lead a retreat a couple of weeks ago. I like to listen to my "Amazing Grace" CD by Cecilia on the way out to do retreat work so my mind can slow down, so I can start to get in the zone. To feel peaceful. That Saturday morning, I reached into the side pocket of my car for my trusty, favorite CD, and it was not there.

Of all the things that a thief would take, they took a CD called "Amazing Grace," which also has "The Prayer of Saint Francis." The moment of realization held many things for me. Disappointment that I didn't have my CD, and then later I thought about how none of us really "own" anything in our lives. We can certainly be the one who purchased something, who have it for a brief time. But who can really own a song? Can we own a prayer? Aren't these both things that were meant to be shared as part of a community experience?

I continued thinking of this, and decided I would share my favorite version of "The Prayer of Saint Francis" with you. The pictures are all ones I took in Maui last year, a very peaceful and inspiring place. I hope that you enjoy it, and pass it on.

The Prayer of Saint Francis from Paula on Vimeo.


bluecottonmemory said...

Thanks for sharing something so beautiful!

Reviewer11 said...

Aw wow! Maybe it was The Holy Spirit who inspired you that realization. :D

So sorry about your car being broken in. Maybe the thief needed that prayer? lol :P Have you checked like at Amazon.com to see if there's another CD there for you? **crosses fingers

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Reviewer11 said...

Thank you thank you for stopping by my blog. :D

I bookmarked your blog. :) Have a terrific Week.

Reviewer11 said...

Oh, I would like to ask you, do you know about homeschooling? If so, how does that work?

Millennium Housewife said...

That was beautiful, thankyou, I'll carry that all day.

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Good morning! Visiting via SITS. Have a good day.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS again! What a great realization!

Paula said...

Thanks everyone - I had a lot of fun making the video / slideshow.

@Reviewer11, I'm sorry I don't know about homeschooling. No kids yet :) Best wishes as you look into it!

Lora said...

Wow, how incredibly beautiful! thank you so much for sharing this gift.

Visiting you today from SITS...I hope your day is wonderful!

Liz said...

Beautiful! Enjoyed the pictures!

Tonya said...

Sorry about your car - and maybe the thief will listen to the cd and be blessed.
Visiting from SITS.

Twincerely,Olga said...

beautiful! Stoppin by from SITS! you are first today!!YEAY!

Yaya said...

My car was stolen once and they took everything. It stunk.

Congrats on being the first sits commenter today!

American in Norway said...

Beautiful! - Thanks for sharing!
Popping by via Sits..Happy Thursday!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Great blog! Stopping in from SITS To say hello!!