The Breastplate of St. Patrick of Ireland (377-460 A.D.)

I arise today…through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through a belief in the Threeness, through a confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

I arise today…through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism, through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial, through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension, through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today…through the strength of the love of the cherubim, in obedience of angels, in service of archangels, in the hope of resurrection to meet with reward, in prayers of patriarchs, in predictions of prophets, in preachings of apostles, in faiths of confessors, in innocence of virgins, in deeds of righteous men.

I arise today…through the strength of Heaven; light of the sun, radiance of the moon, splendor of fire, speed of lightening, swiftness of the wind, depth of the sea, stability of the earth, firmness of the rock.

I arise today…through God’s strength to pilot me; God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,

God’s hosts to save me…from snares of the devil, from temptations of vices, from everyone who desires me ill, afar or anear, alone or in a multitude.

I summon today all the powers between me and evil, against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul, against incantations of false prophets, against black laws of pagandom, against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry, against spells of women and smiths and wizards, against every knowledge that corrupts body and soul. Christ shield me today against poison, against burning, against drowning, against wounding, so that reward may come to me in abundance.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today…through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through a belief in the Threeness, through a confession of the Oneness, of the Creator of creation.

Where Have I Been?

…..well to start out I have been stuck in the world of studying for classes and trying to motivate myself to actually go to those classes! I only have two weeks left, and let me tell you, it’s going to be a long two weeks! Then it’s a month break before summer classes start up, so that is a very good thing! Where else have I been since April 5 when I posted my last blog? Well as I mentioned in a previous blog, I am having a little problem with my thyroid (final diagnosis: hyperparathyroidism and thyroiditis…don’t ask…just google it!) and one of the extremely difficult symptoms is short term memory loss, so to be honest, I forgot I had a blog! Woops! So I don’t really have much to say today (because I can’t remember much…) but here is something cool to check out in the meantime!

The Passport ( the link is under the “Check Out These Cool Blogs” section on the sidebar…or got to www.thepassport.org)
There are these two guys (Jonathan is a friend of mine from awhile back) traveling the world in 90 days. They are hitting 20 countries on 5 continent during that time and are capturing through video and photography the lives and organizations that are reaching out to the needy in those countries. The journal is so cool to read, the videos are fun to watch, and the pictures are breathtaking! Even if you don’t have time to read all of the journal entries, click on a few of the countries they have been to so far and checkout some of the pictures and videos. It’s so cool to see the way God is using people all over the world. Check out some of the people groups that we will celebrate with in Heaven!

United

Last night a band called Hillsong United came and did a concert at 7:22 (the singles program at my church). I’m not talking about Hillsong as in Shout to the Lord….same church, totally different music. They totally rocked out and it was a great time of worship. They are from the youth group at Hillsong and the youth pastor was there too. In the middle of the concert he did a little talk and a part of it really touched my heart and got me so excited! He was talking about how, like it or not, the rest of the world looks to the United States for leadership. They are from Australia, so he was speaking as someone that is not from the U.S nor live in it. He says that the churches all around the world look the the churches in the States for direction and leadership. And so knowing that if our generation started a movement of joining the churches together here in a united stand and working together, we could change the world! Literally! That was such a cool thing to hear, especially from someone who is not an American!

Something else he said that was pretty funny was that we are a generation that is completely focused on ourselves. The top selling electronic device is the ipod (emphasis on the “i”) which we put music on using itunes, and when we get on the internet we go to MYspace. I laughed pretty hard on that one! It’s true!

Ok, that’s it for now! Oh and everyone should go pick up a Hillsong United CD, they are great!

Destroying Our Capacity To Receive

I am currently reading “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis (well I have been reading it for about 6 months off and on….it’s not a large book…I just can’t seem to get through it!) Anyway, I picked it up again tonight and read this passage. It happened to make a ton of sense to me, but I wanted to see what you guys thought of it. Here it goes:

“You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears. You can’t, in most things, get what you want if you want it too desperately: anyway, you can’t get the best out of it. ‘Now! Let’s have a real good talk’ reduces everyone to silence. ‘I must get a good sleep tonight’ ushers in hours of wakefulness. Delicious drinks are wasted on a really ravenous thirst. And so, perhaps with God. I have gradually been coming to feel that the door is no longer shut and bolted. Was it my own frantic need that slammed it in my face? The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just the time when God can’t give it: you are life the drowning man who can’t be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear. On the other hand, ‘Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does that knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac? And there’s also ‘To him that hath shall be given.’ After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. Perhaps your own passion temporarily destroys that capacity.”

So what do you think?