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Thou that hast giv'n so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
See how thy beggar works on thee
By art.

He makes thy gifts occasion more,
And sayes, If he in this be crost,
All thou has giv'n him heretofore
Is lost.

But thou didst reckon, when at first
Thy word our hearts and hands did crave,
What it would come to at the worst
To save.

Perpetuall knockings at thy doore,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift, much would have more,
And comes.

This notwithstanding, thou wentst on,
And didst allow us all our noise:
Nay, thou has made a sigh and groan
Thy joyes.

Not that thou has not still above
Much better tunes, than groans can make;
But that these countrey-aires thy love
Did take.

Wherefore I crie, and crie again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankfull heart obtain
Of thee:

Not thankfull, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare dayes:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.

- George Herbert, (1633) was a Welsh poet, an orator, and an An…

Litany of the Counsel of the Saints

(from the Nov '08 issue of Magnificat)

This litany is a meditation on what some of the saints have spoken or written. As we listen to these saints, we pray for a deeper personal participation in their sanctity. This litany represents only a small sampling of the vast communion of saints (the selection is limited due to space constraints). Feel free to add your favorites to it. One option is to sing the litany and it's response.

R: (Saint's name), pray for us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." R.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel: "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." R.

Saint Joseph: [pause in reverent silence] R.

Saint John the Baptist: "Jesus must increase; I must decrease." R.

Saint Peter: "Lord, you know that I love you." R.

Saint Paul: "We had accepted within ourselves the sentence of death, that we might trust not in ourselves but in God wh…