belleo's blog listings. From darkness to light Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo Jesus “The creator of the world called her ‘Mamma.’ She held him in her arms and cradled him at her breast. The little one who was there under Mary's eyes was continuing to act creating the world; he was creating and maintaining his mother in existence.”

   ~ Pere Jacques (Lucien-Louis Bunel)

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:40:28 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/22/jesus_ http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/22/jesus_ “The creator of the world called her ‘Mamma.’ She held him in her arms and cradled him at her breast. The little one who was there under Mary's eyes was continuing to act creating the world; he was creating and maintaining his mother in existence.”

   ~ Pere Jacques (Lucien-Louis Bunel)

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On Ordering Our Desires Ordering Our Desires

Desire is often talked about as something we ought to overcome.  Still, being is desiring:  our bodies, our minds, our hearts, and our souls are full of desires.  Some are unruly, turbulent, and very distracting; some make us think deep thoughts and see great visions; some teach us how to love; and some keep us searching for God.   Our desire for God is the desire that should guide all other desires.  Otherwise our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls become one another's enemies and our inner lives become chaotic, leading us to despair and self-destruction.

Spiritual disciplines are not ways to eradicate all our desires but ways to order them so that they can serve one another and together serve God.

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Desire is often talked about as something we ought to overcome.  Still, being is desiring:  our bodies, our minds, our hearts, and our souls are full of desires.  Some are unruly, turbulent, and very distracting; some make us think deep thoughts and see great visions; some teach us how to love; and some keep us searching for God.   Our desire for God is the desire that should guide all other desires.  Otherwise our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls become one another's enemies and our inner lives become chaotic, leading us to despair and self-destruction.

Spiritual disciplines are not ways to eradicate all our desires but ways to order them so that they can serve one another and together serve God.

In my inbox this AM

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To love like Jesus ...

To love people as Jesus loves them is to wash their feet, to serve them in humility; it is to help them to rise up in truth and love.... To love is to live in communion with others.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:58:45 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/19/to_love_like_jesus_... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/19/to_love_like_jesus_...

To love people as Jesus loves them is to wash their feet, to serve them in humility; it is to help them to rise up in truth and love.... To love is to live in communion with others.

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All things are charged with love... God's Grandeur

Gerard Manley Hopkins captured the faith view that I want in his poem “God’s Grandeur.”The world is charged with the grandeur of God. . . . Nature is never spent; there lives the dearest freshness deep down things. . . ."

In her book Poetry as Prayer: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Maria Lichtmann quotes from his spiritual notes: “All things therefore are charged with love, are charged with God, and if we know how to touch them, give off sparks and take fire, yield drops and flow, ring and tell of him.”

Hopkins knew “how to touch” them and how to see God’s presence. As a youth, “he loved to climb to the top of tall trees and enjoy the view.” He could spend hours fascinated by an ant hill or studying the ice crystals in a puddle of water on cold mornings. He also knew dryness, frustration, rejection, and depression as his “terrible sonnets” reveal. “Send my roots rain,” he pleaded in his poem. “Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend with Thee.”

Like St. Francis, he lived the Paschal mystery

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:33:56 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/19/all_things_are_charged_with_love... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/19/all_things_are_charged_with_love... God's Grandeur

Gerard Manley Hopkins captured the faith view that I want in his poem “God’s Grandeur.”The world is charged with the grandeur of God. . . . Nature is never spent; there lives the dearest freshness deep down things. . . ."

In her book Poetry as Prayer: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Maria Lichtmann quotes from his spiritual notes: “All things therefore are charged with love, are charged with God, and if we know how to touch them, give off sparks and take fire, yield drops and flow, ring and tell of him.”

Hopkins knew “how to touch” them and how to see God’s presence. As a youth, “he loved to climb to the top of tall trees and enjoy the view.” He could spend hours fascinated by an ant hill or studying the ice crystals in a puddle of water on cold mornings. He also knew dryness, frustration, rejection, and depression as his “terrible sonnets” reveal. “Send my roots rain,” he pleaded in his poem. “Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend with Thee.”

Like St. Francis, he lived the Paschal mystery

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Our time is limited...
The death of those we love brings a troubling awareness of our own mortality. James Oldo had that experience when he gazed into a friend’s grave, and it brought him to his senses. He determined to use whatever time he had left to build up treasures in heaven and to build God’s realm on earth. Our time is limited, too. We can use it well or foolishly: The choice is ours.
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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:23:42 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/19/our_time_is_limited... http://community.beliefnet.com/belleo/blog/2014/04/19/our_time_is_limited...
The death of those we love brings a troubling awareness of our own mortality. James Oldo had that experience when he gazed into a friend’s grave, and it brought him to his senses. He determined to use whatever time he had left to build up treasures in heaven and to build God’s realm on earth. Our time is limited, too. We can use it well or foolishly: The choice is ours.
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