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PRAYERS FOR WOMEN
reflecting on their vocation to priestly ministry

These are texts used in women’s liturgies.
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Lord, help me grow!

Can we, as women, risk listening to God who may seem to ask the impossible? Are we prepared to say like Mary 'I am the Lord's servant. Let it be unto me as you have said'? If God seems to be calling us in ways we don't understand and to paths we have no idea how to follow isn't it all just too confusing? At times like these we have to trust that God desires only what is best for us and wills to live our life and wills to give us the answers we need to live our life.

Prayer for Guidance

Lord, show me clearly what you want me to do
with the gifts you have given me.

Grant me the strength that I need
to answer your call with courage and love.

Make me a generous person
so that others may experience your love through me.

Help me always to look to You
as the One who will show me the way to live my life.

Amen

Meditations for encouragement

To find one's true calling in life can take a lifetime. But we believe in a God who cares for each one of us uniquely and cares about what happens to us. The God who has called us does not just abandon us, however lonely and difficult the journey we have embarked on may appear to be. What plan does God have in mind for you?

John Henry Newman
Some Definite Service

‘When a civilisation turns,
God may no longer be found
at the old familiar landmarks.’

Jim Cotter

You keep us waiting

Reading: “I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord. I repeat: what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to anyone: the Lord is very near. There is no need to worryy, but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Phil 4,4-9.

You keep us waiting
You,
The God of all time
Want us to wait
For the right time in which
To discover who we are,
Where we must go,
Who will be with us,
And what we must do

All: So, thank you for the waiting time.

You keep us looking,
You,
The God of all space,
Want us to look
In the right and wrong places
For signs of hope,
For people who are hopeless,
For visions of a better world
Which will appear
Among the disappointments
Of the world we know.

All: So, thank you for the looking time


You keep us loving,
You,
The God whose name is love,
Want us to be like you
To love the loveless and the unlovely and the unlovable,
To love those near us without jealousy or design or threat,
And,
Most difficult of all,
To love ourselves.

All: So, thank you for the loving time.

And in all this
You keep us.
Through hard questions with no easy answers,
Through failing where we hoped to suceed
And making an impact when we felt we were useless.
Through the patience and the dreams and the love of others,
And through Jesus Christ and His Spirit,
You,
Keep us .....

All: So, thank you for the keeping time
and for now and for ever AMEN.

Pam Freeman

New wine

This poem/reflection has been used often by the New Wine' group, a group of women from England who have all experienced a strong sense of calling to ordained ministry. The group come together to pray and share on a regular basis. We find more in this poem each time we pray it!

“No--one pours new wine into used wineskins, because the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will pour out and the skins will be ruined. Instead, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.” (Lk. 5: 37--38)

May the wine of the Divine Feminine
be created in you,
as it was in Christ,
as it was in Mary of Magdala.
Her beloved died.
Her desire for him, And her newly healed self,
descended to ferment.

May the wine of the Divine Feminine
Flow through you,
as it flowed through Christ,
as it flowed through Mary of Magdala.
She knew him still,
in her own separateness,
and from her depths
new wine rose.

May the wine of the Divine Feminine
send you forth,
as it helped send Mary of Magdala.
They touched for a moment
companion lovers
and she is free to tell
'Love is risen.'

Mary Robins

Dreaming

THE INVITATION
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s
longing.
It does'nt interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a
fool
for love
for your dream
f`or the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring
your moon
I want to know if you have touched the centre of
your sorrow.
If you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
f`rom fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling
me is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul
if you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty
every day
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure:
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver moon of the full moon --
“Yess!”.
It doesn't interest me where you live or
how much money you make.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children
It doesn't interest me where or what or
with whom you have studied
I want to know what sustains you from the inside
when all else falls away.

Orian Mountain Dreamer

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