​O Antiphons for Summer

O breath of Summer,
Come! Come with your warm winds.
Breathe on all within us that resists growth.
Temper our desire to be in control.
Raise up some wildness in us.
O Come!

~ Joyce Rupp



“Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!” whispered her mother. “We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, in The Scarlet Letter

Prayer for today

Oh Great Mystery, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world 

– hear me – 

I come before you, one of your children. 

I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. 

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers [and sisters], but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. 

Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

~ Chief Yellow Hawk (Itazipcola Lakota)