June 19, 2013: Psalm 46

~by Father Ron Camarda

God is for us a refuge and strength
a helper close at hand, in time of distress
So we shall not fear though the earth should rock,
though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea,
even though its waters rage and foam,
even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.
The Lord Beloved of hosts is with us
The God of Jacob is our stronghold
he waters of a river give joy to God’s city,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within, it cannot be shaken
God will help it at the dawning of the day
Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken
He lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.
The Lord Beloved of hosts is with us
The God of Jacob is our stronghold
Come consider the works of the Lord,

The redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.
He puts an end to wars all over the earth; the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps.
He burns the shields with fire.
“Be still and know that I am God,
supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!”
The Lord Beloved is with us
The God of Jacob is our stronghold
PRAY: All powerful Father, the refuge and strength of your people, you protect in adversity and defend in prosperity those who put their trust in you. May they persevere in seeking your will and find their way to you through obedience.

In my backyard in Atlantic Beach after praying the Liturgy of the Hours

Beloved God, you are everything and in everyone.
You absolutely love all World Cup nations.
You are peace.
You are joy.
You are love.
You are patience.
You are kindness.
You are generosity.
You are gentleness.
You are purity.
You are faithfulness.
You have created this world,
nourished the earth
and infused her with love and compassion.
Teach us and show us how to end all wars, surrender all weapons and trust in you…until the day we walk again with you in the summer breeze as friends and lovers.
Wow!…oooh!…breath!… o my!
You do put an end to all wars all over the world.
You are found in the stillness and silence.
You are found in the waters of summer
if we splash in your beauty and solemnity and sunshine.
You are within us…especially in moments of utter and inexplicable ecstasy
or devastating darkness and loneliness.
One sigh of Yours is a raging hurricane.
One kiss of Yours is the healing balm after tragedy or plotted betrayal of a friend.
I have seen a mountain melt into the sea in Hawaii…nothing to fear.
And then the morning explosion of life while curled up in the palm of your hand on frozen lava.
You show me Your creative spirit
Your indescribable awesome beauty…even in the center of ugly wars
O Beloved! O Father! O Jesus! O Blessed Mother given to us from the Cross!
Inebriate my senses with your sensuous touch and kiss and embrace.
Take me now, for I trust in your mercy, your love …your sacred heart.
The heavens are telling the glory of God and all creation is shouting for joy!
Come dance in the forest! Come dance in the field!
And sing! Sing to the Glory of I AM!
Sail on in prosperity.
Hang on to Jesus in adversity.
Be not afraid…ever!
For YawehThewaY is with us and within us always and in all ways!
Always, until the end of time…and beyond

Beloved, have a blessed week in your journey with Our God who loves you.

Love, joy, peace,

Father Ron Moses +


Father Ron Camarda is a retired Naval Chaplain and author of “Tear in the Desert,” a powerful book containing his memoirs of life and death at the Battle for Fallujah. Father Ron appears on EWTN and recently won the Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.

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