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Subject: Catholic Folkmagick: Kitchen Prayer
Date: 14 Nov 1996 16:23:38 GMT

This is part of a continuing series of posts on Roman
Catholic folkmagick.  Roman Catholocism is a part of
the heretical branch of Judaism known as Christianity.
It is far too complicated for me to discuss here, except
to mention that there is a strong tradition of folkmagick
in Catholocism.  Much of it has to do with developing a
personal relationship with one or more of the saints or
angels including -- the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), Jesus 
the Christ, and occasionally the Holy Ghost/Spirit or 
God-the-Father.  The saint/energy/thoughtform becomes
as a real esoteric power.  Those into santeria would also 
find this of interest.  (Anti-xtian bigots hit the "next" 
key now.)

        Kitchen Prayer

Lord of pots and pans and things,
   since I've not time to be

A saint by doing lovely things
   or watching late with thee

Or dreaming in the dawn light
   or storming Heaven's gates

Make me a saint by getting meals
   and washing up the plates.

Although I must have Martha's hands,
   I have a Mary mind

And when I black the boots and 
   shoes Thy sandals, Lord, I find.

I think of how they trod the earth,
   what time I scrub the floor,

Accept this meditation Lord,
   I haven't time for more.

                    by Klara Munkres

This prayer -- along with the sacred hearts of Jesus and the BVM -- is
most likely to be taped to a Catholic refrigerator.  The main theme is
devotional, with a touch of atonement.  It also refers not only to the
traditional place of women, but of the distinction often made between
the sisters St. Martha and St. Mary (the BVM).  In addition it 
touches upon the yoga of service (what is that called?).  Anyone who has
worked hard, for hours, on tedious tasks knows that there is a certain
mindset you can get into that transcends the tedium of the task at hand.
Often work of this sort is done by nuns and priests.  Ever wonder why,
when you turn on the "Kung Fu" t.v. show the little grasshopper is always
sweeping?  Ha!  The yoga of service.  Although this has traditionally
been a woman's prayer, liberated men are welcome to it as well.

- Peggy -

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