“Man Praying” Vincent Van Gogh (1883)
- “For you bless the righteous, O Lord…” (Ps 5:13)
- “When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me…” (Jer 29:13-14)
- “He calls his own sheep by name, and they follow him.” (Jn 10:3)
- “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (Jn 17:3)
- “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Mt 7:7)
- “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17)
Many of us have familiarity with Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd…” However, we should also know the poem that precedes it, to appreciate the plea David made to God :
My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?
Why so far from my call for help,
from my cries of anguish?
My God, I call by day, but You do not answer;
by night, but I have no relief.
In You our fathers trusted;
they trusted and You rescued them…
To You they cried out and they escaped;
in You they trusted and were not disappointed…
The last several lines imply that belief and hope remain, despite the near-desperation that runs throughout most of the poem.
- Peter, Paul & all the Apostles
- Nuns of Compiegne
- Mother Teresa