what’s in number 7?

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”-Matthew 25:35-36 New International Version (NIV)

note: I am currently reading, The Guardian of Mercy, by Terence Ward where the author enumerated the significance of number 7. The author talks about the painting, The Seven Acts of Mercy, by Caravaggio. Caravaggio in his painting added the seventh act of mercy: burying the dead.

I have finished The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

a prayer


“I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I had asked for, but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”

note: a prayer quoted by Ronald Rolheiser in his book,Forgotten Among the Lilies.

In the internet the prayer is attributed to a Civil War Soldier.