Fire of Exodus
and flame of Pentecost,
time and again
you have beckoned us into the desert
and propelled us
from the upper room.

Melt our resistance,
dispel the frost of fear.
Enkindle our longing,
warm our compassion
and transform us in
your fiery spirit.

Living flame of love,
burn deep within us.
Give us the strength to
endure the heat
and set our hearts Afire.

Prayer by Patricia Walter, O.P.     Hearts of Fire 1995
Graphics by Annesah McNamee, O.P. ACC  2001
edited for Pentecost 2017