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Create me in a clean heart, O God.

Hi SJSP,

Please take a moment to read a very special message from our Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Anne Mears.


Wednesday, March 25 was to be our Collaborative Reconciliation Service. In preparation for that grace-filled time of cleansing and renewal through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I had been reflecting on a prayer by Joyce Rupp. I have shared it with you below. It is perhaps even more timely in these days of uncertainty to ponder these words. We have a chance, and some time, to take stock, to look at and reflect on what is keeping us from the fullness of the Spirit living in us. We also have a chance now, and in the future, through prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to experience God’s re-creation of a pure and clean heart in each one of us.

Create in me a clean heart. O God

And put a new and right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, open and receptive, so that I may embrace the many ways you choose to visit my life.

Create in me a clean heart, cleared of the refuse of old battles with others and deadly opposition with myself.

Create in me a clean heart, purified through the daily disruptions and the life encounters that take me beyond my grasping control and ego-centeredness.

Create in me a clean heart, freed from the clutter of cultural enticements, so that I may enjoy the beauty of life’s simple things and relish the gifts I easily take for granted.

Create in me a clean heart, bathed from harsh thoughts, shame and perfectionist tendencies, warmly welcoming others with the embrace of non-judgement.

Create in me a clean heart, brushed free of frantic busyness, so that I will have time to dwell with you in the listening space of solitude and silence.

Create in me a clean heart, rinsed of the residue of false messages about my identity, enabling my inner goodness and light to shine though all I am and do.

Create in me a clean heart, cleansed of anxiety and lack of trust, restoring in me an enduring faith in your abiding presence and unconditional love.

Create in me a clean heart, scrubbed of racism and prejudice, drawing me toward all as my sisters and brothers.

Create in me a clean heart, washed with your mercy and strengthened by your love, helping me to move beyond whatever keeps me from union with you.




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You keep him in perfect peace, 

whose mind is stayed on You,

because he trusts You. 

Isaiah 26:3