Sunday, October 19, 2014

Principle of Accomodation




This principle has nothing to do with the quality of my hotel room when I am traveling! As in, I travel therefore I want the best accommodation.




This principle is what God does when interacting with us. Our faith teaches us that the bible was created through divine inspiration. The inspiration flowed through the authors of the bible. The authors of the bible translated the inspiration through the language and writing style of their time.

Through this principle God gave us all that we need to know about how we return home after our time on earth has expired. My husband and I refer to this as "taking the trip."

As with any trip the use of directions enables us to get where we want to go.

The bible is our book of directions. Our life is the journey.

Connect the two and I am homeward bound.

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A few tips for reading the bible;
Start with prayer. Ask for understanding and application the the situation.

Remember the scripture being read was written thousands of years ago for the people of that time to relate to the situation of that time.




This is why starting with prayer activates the principle of accommodation where God inspires us right were we are, in our time, place and situation.

Journal the experience and learn from it.

Adjust where needed.

Repeat often.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sponge

I have often wondered why God chose to come to us in human form during a period of time when crucifixion was the means to punish criminals.

God is timeless.

In one event, Jesus took on all of our pain and suffering for all time. From the beginning of time, before we were born through eternity. Everything we are experiencing right now was experienced by Jesus on the cross 2,000 years ago. All of it back then, before then, now and to come.

This is why Christ's passion was so gruesome. It had to be in order to capture all of our humanness.





Hymn
May we see you in pain;
May we know you in pain;
Lord of might may we love you in pain.
May our eyes be open
To see those in grief.
May your Spirit guide us
To tend to all in need.
May we see you in pain;
May we know you in pain;
Lord of might may we love you in pain.
May our hearts be open
To love those in grief.
May your presence guide us
To give to all in need.
May we see you in pain;
May we know you in pain;
Lord of might may we love you in pain.
May our ears be open
To hear your holy Word.
May your Word give us courage
To bring your love to all.
May we see you in pain;
May we know you in pain;
Lord of might may we love you in pain.
May our minds be open;
Implant your Word, O Lord.
May your love bring us peace,
Your peace to comfort all.
May we see you in pain;
May we know you in pain;
Lord of might may we love you in pain.
May We See You by The Choir Of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Faith

Are you discouraged or angry about the events of this world?
Have you lost contact with your faith?
Begin to rekindle it to find hope. Love and peace.
Our world, our life is temporary. Our creator, our God is eternal.
Trust in eternity.
All is well.
Peace and love to you my friends.
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2 Timothy 3:14
But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it.
There are many similarities between the times of Saint Paul and our own. Living a Christian life was a conscious choice and was not supported by society at large. Christians were faced with many temptations to turn from their beliefs or to grow lax in the practice of their faith. Paul exhorts Timothy (and us) to be faithful to what we have learned and believed about Jesus. Our gathering for Eucharist is a way we strengthen our faith, as well as support one another for our common mission as disciples. Our individual faithfulness builds a stronger faith community.
Where do I find strength for living my Christian faith?
Loyola Press 3 minute retreat

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Breath

I attended centering prayer on Saturday. The leader mentioned that the Holy Spirit breathes us.
That was my focus for the exercise of centering to silence.
Allowing, like I have a choice, the Holy Spirit to breathe me.

After centering I thought, I can only hold my breath for so long. Then I breathe. It is not my choice to do so because I am trying to hold my breathe. It is the choice of the Holy Spirit to breathe me, to keep me alive for awhile longer, and that length of time is not mine to choose or decide either.

Think about this, the Holy Spirit breathes us. We are not the breathers. Breathing is not of my own doing or my choice. Breathing is holy, it is sustaining life with the Holy Spirit. It is life.

How will I go through the day with this concept of the Holy Spirit breathing me?
Will I think about it or be unconscious of it just like I am unaware of my breathing?

Our God, in this Holy Spirit is alive with us, within us and around us in others, in all things.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Easter in us

For those of us who have experienced dissension and strife,
let Christ, the Prince of Peace, Easter in us!
May he give us quietness of heart.

For those if us who have suffered deceits and lies
let Christ, the Truth, Easter in us!
May he teach us the truth of his love.

For those if us who have a difficult time forgiving-
  forgiving others and ourselves,
let Christ, the Merciful Lord, Easter in us!
May he draw us nearer to his compassionate heart.

For those if us who struggle with self-esteem-
   a feeling of lack of worth,
let his Majesty, the King of Glory, Easter in us!
May he remind us of our royal dignity.

For those if us who have experienced betrayals,
let Jesus, the Divine Friend, Easter in us!
May he introduce us to his intimate friendship,
and to people whose holy friendships will bring us
closer to God and neighbor.

For those if us who struggle to find the right words to say,
let Jesus, the Word himself, Easter in us!
May he give us the gift of speech - speech that is
holy, good and affirming of God-given life.

For those of us who suffer illness - of mind, heart, body
let God, the Divine Physician, Easter in us!
May he touch us with his gift of healing.

For those if us who experience the stress of scholarly endeavors
let Jesus, the Teacher, Easter in us!
May he give us the gift of recollected study time,
and the gift to express our thoughts readily and clearly.

For those of us who have lost direction or are searching for the right path,
let Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Light, Easter in us!
May he help us to see where he is directing us,
and may we follow him with steadfast devotion.

For those of us who have experienced hatred
or violence to body, heart, or mind,
let God, Love himself, Easter in us!
May he introduce us to his great love,
and may his love shine forth in our daily lives.

God is alive!
May he Easter in us!
Today, let us carry his life into the world!
St Edith Stein, pray for us.
Amen

By Dr. Dianne M Traflet
Author of Saint Edith Stein, a spiritual portrait

On 8/19/2014 verbal permission received by author to post to this blog.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pray for peace. Pray that our hearts of anger and hatred are softened toward love.

Prayer is the only thing that will change us.

We love our money and things, our property, our righteousness so much we are willing to kill each other. 

There is no we or them. There is only us. 

The people we deem to have power and wealth, have not brought us peace. Because their wealth and power is superficial. It is temporary.

Only the power and wealth of God's love and mercy can bring us peace and it is delivered through God's grace.

Get down on your knees as often as possible and pray. Pray till you sweat blood. Pray for yourself, pray for your family, pray for us. Just pray!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What's the Point?

Ecclesiastes 12 :7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

Psalm 119:1 Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk by the teaching of the Lord.

What is the point of the scripture above?



Oprah asks a final question to her Super Soul Sunday guests, "what do you know for sure?" 

One day I would like Oprah to ask me that questions as a guest on her show. 

And my answer is, "I know for sure that no human being made the world we live in or the means by which all was created. This is the work of an intelligent and all encompassing being that we have named God."

When I read the first scripture knowing what I know for sure, it tells me that I started with God and will return to God. Period.

The second scripture is telling me what to do with the time in-between those two events, beginning and end. Be blameless by living a life that is guided by God's teaching.