anoint my spirit

Buon samaritano, Teofilo Patini, 2014

Anoint the wounds
of my spirit
with the balm
of forgiveness.
Pour the oil
of your calm
upon the waters
of my heart.
Take the squeal
of frustration
from the wheels of my passion
that the power
of your tenderness
may smooth
the way I love.
That the tedium
of giving
in the risk of surrender
and the reaching
out naked
to a world
that must wound
may be kindled fresh daily
in a blaze of compassion
– that the grain may fall gladly
to burst in the ground
– and the harvest abound.

Father Ralph Wright, The Benedictine Abbey of St Mary and St Louis


But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was;
and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds,
pouring on oil and wine.
Then he put the man on his own donkey,
brought him to an inn and took care of him.

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