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Friday, 16 August 2013

LITTLE CANTICLE 128: You allow my prayer to span the vastness of Creation


Last week, I mentioned being on an mixed-media painting and prayer retreat organised by CARM, the Creative Arts Retreat Movement (link at end). It was marvellous to have the time to reacquaint myself with acrylics, enjoy the evening-prayer-to-after-breakfast times of silence and have unhurried time for reflection: it was restorative and refreshing. One of the  pieces of work I produced entitled 'Gaseous Cosmic Threads' is shown here

Threads of gas, far more complex than these thread their way through the universe which makes this an opportunity to reflect on a God whose sphere is The Cosmos and the individual contemporaneously as in this 'little canticle', one of a collection I have written over time. I hope this might encourage you to think of these contrasting parts of the personality of our god of Love.




LITTLE CANTICLE 128
You allow my prayer to span the vastness of Creation: to be heard above the roar of the rolling spheres.

Amidst the noises of a billion, billion stars and planets, You hear my complaints

No crisis of creation bars my supplication nor the supplications of a million fellow intercessors.

You are constantly available, listening to the prayers of Your people: desiring for them all that is godly, wholesome and true.

You, the Eternal Spirit, The Three in One God, are infinitely watchful for me, ready to hear me whenever I call

Joyful when I worship and incomprehensibly, at the same time, sharing sadness that  precipitates others into fervent prayer: there is no end to the supplications you can receive, hear, and act upon in an instant.

You dispense consolation to one, courage to another, understanding to yet another, and a myriad of gifts in the same moment, all out of Your great love.

May I submit to that love, allow myself to be overwhelmed by it and be a cause of it enveloping others; that they too may understand a little of this mighty, Godly, enfolding.


  • Other Little Canticles (similar format) can be found HERE
  • The Creative Arts Retreat Movement (UK) can be found here
  • If you are attracted by the idea of a gentle holiday/retreat in the near future in Umbria, you might like to look at the website of friends of ours who run a small retreat house near Assisi and Perugia. Topics are varied and shown on the website here
For an index of all poems on this blog with an astronomy/ cosmology theme Click here

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'