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. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Life as a Christian

My son said to me one day, "if you were born into a Jewish family, you would be Jewish. Or into a Muslim family you would be Muslim. And if you were born into a Buddhist family, you would be Buddhist. So being Christian is only a result of the family you were born into and the beliefs they hold."

I get his point and the beauty of living in America is that everyone has the freedom to either adopt the faith they were born into or not.

I know the Christian faith, specifically, the Catholic tradition is the faith for me. I have looked into Judaism and read the teachings of Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun, to supplement the Christian teachings. The Buddhist slogan, cause no harm, is very much in line with the 10 commandments and Jesus teachings about loving God, self and neighbor.

I think it is best to look at the similarities of all the religious traditions instead of getting stuck on how many there are or which one is followed. After all there is one God who created all and that includes all of the religious variations human beings believe.

I attended a friend's 50th wedding anniversary yesterday. The ceremony was beautiful and the scripture below stuck with me.

It is from the Book of Romans. Paul is its scribe. I think all the religions of our human experience hold some essence of his words.

How about we all start trying to live by them instead of being in constant debate about who is right or better.

Our main focus in this life is whether we are living our lives in a way that will get us back to the God who created us. I think this is God's will.

Our God is Holy, meaning pure. We must become pure to be able to mix well with God.

If God is oil then we must become oil. And if God is water then we must become water. Otherwise we won't mix.

If your home is filled with love and peace and someone who is angry, bitter and a trouble maker wants to live with you, would you let them? I think you would prefer to have someone who is also loving and peaceful.

This is our God. Love and peace. We must become that too.

I find that Jesus is the closest if not the only human being to reflect this image of God. Therefore I follow His teaching with the hope that I too may become like Him. He lived a life that is so radically in contradiction to the teachings and way of life that it changed our world as we knew it. He set the example of how to live in a way that will get us back to God.

If I found this God like image in any other religious tradition, I would be following Him or Her.
And this is how it works. It is not about the faith we are born into. It is about what we do with the faith that we are taught. Do we use it to become like God, love and peace?

I know if all of us lived by these words we would see love and peace in our lives.

Want to give it a try?

Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
     to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
     holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
Do not conform yourselves to this age
     but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
     that you may discern what is the will of God,
     what is good and pleasing and perfect.
Let love be sincere;
     hate what is evil,
     hold on to what is good;
     love one another with mutual affection;
     anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
     be fervent in spirit,
     serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
     endure in affliction,
     persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
     exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
     bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
     weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
     do not be haughty but associate with the lowly;
     do not be wise in your own estimation.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil;
     be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.