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Monday, November 29, 2010, 8:13 AM
To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil -- such belongs to a perfect spiritual love. - Maximus (580-662
Do I know people who spontaneously render good for evil ? I do ! Lucie is now almost 90 years old . In her forties her husband left her . She had to look after her childen by herself . She lived in poverty for many years . Her young son at the time found out that his father was quite ill . He asked his mother if she would nurse him AND ACCEPT HIM BACK IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD . She wanted him back no questions asked .
Sunday, November 28, 2010, 3:11 PM
Can we make the table a hospitable place, inviting us to kindness, gentleness, joy, and peace and creating beautiful memories? That sentence is part of an article my friend sent me . We shared about the fmaily meals we use to have as we were growing upin the forties . There were joyous times for sure at the table when we had visitors . It's nice to remember those times . What about the times when we were drilled to death ? By that I mean that the spirit within was crushed . For some it remanied that way for a very long time .
Today , hospitality reigns . Gentleness , joy , peace are creating memories
Saturday, November 27, 2010, 3:07 PM
Having Reverence and Respect for the Body
In so many ways we use and abuse our bodies. Jesus' coming
to us in the body and his being lifted with his body in the
glory of God call us to treat our bodies and the bodies of
others with great reverence and respect.
God, through Jesus, has made our bodies sacred places where
God has chosen to dwell. Our faith in the resurrection of
the body, therefore, calls us to care for our own and one
another's bodies with love. When we bind one another's
wounds and work for the healing of one another's bodies, we
witness to the sacredness of the human body, a body destined
for eternal life.
The above is by Henri Nouwen .
Even when I was quite young I believed in respect for myself . I did respect everybody that would include siblings and students and teachers . I was not shown much respect as I was growing up . There was no such thing as bounderies in those days . It was a push and shove type of existance . Poverty does ugly things to people . Quite often it robs them of their mental health . When that happens to mom and dad the whole family suffers .
Monday, November 22, 2010, 8:26 AM
Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
O glorious Archangel, St Raphael, great Prince of the heavenly court, illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of those who journey by land or sea, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners: I beg you to assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you did help the young Tobias on his travels. And because you are the 'Medicine of God,' I humbly ask you to heal the many infirmities of my soul, and the ills which afflict my body, if it be for my greater good. I especially ask of you an angelic purity, which may fit me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Be pleased, O Lord God, to send to our aid St Raphael the Archangel: and may he, who, we believe, stands forever before the throne of Your Majesty, offer unto You our humble petitions to be blessed by You. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Often I remember this great Archangel . A dear one was going through a mental collapse . I prayed with my sister that he be brought safely back home. And he made it back home safely and we nursed him back to health . Praise God and all his saints
Monday, November 22, 2010, 8:04 AM
Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle's feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas. This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request] Healing and Conversion for my family , through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
Sunday, November 14, 2010, 5:17 PM
It is a time to look within for me . My friend was speaking of beasts and the dragon .I think it is an unfortunate use of Scripture to identify the beast or beasts with other persons and institutions . What I do believe is that there is something of the beast in all of us .. We need to conquer evil with good .(Rom 12 :21)
I wonder does anyone see end times like chapters in our lives . I was listening to a young man that I saw grwo up , now he is a priest . He lived in poverty with his mother for many years . That chapter in his life has ended .I couldn't help it I cried through his sermon . There has been many painful chapters in my life . One that I thought would never end did with forgiveness .When I think about it at times I think there has been more pain than joy . And yet God's word says , " I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full ."
Sometime we are so used to pain and negativity that we brush aside joy that comes from within . I was standing in front of my kitchen window praising one day when I stopped . I went back to the darkness I had felt in the past . A thought came to me . It is okay to feel okay .
Love of God comes to us through other people who accept us the way we are . It is us who crack the egg and when we do mourishment is given to all .
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9:11 AM
We are told to pray in diffrent ways in the Bible One way is to ask for prayers from Holy Mother Church . I did just that recently . I was feeling pretty low thinking about the possibility of heart surgery . I saw the cadiologist this week and he says he doesn't see a reason for surgery .I walk daily and I feel just fine .
I want to thank all my Beliefnet friends who lifted me up in prayer .
"By this love that you have for one another everyone will know that you are my disciples ." (Jn 13:35)
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9:00 AM
What is the will of my Father in heaven ? To love God and to love my neighbor as I love myself . Nothing so far says I have to judge those I am with . You know God your WORD is real food . Seek ye first the kingdom of Giod and his righteousness and than all those other things shall be added unto you . I think that is what I have to do . How do I seek the kingdom of God ? Going to church and participating in the sacrements that would be reconciliation , communion -Eucharist that is a good start .
Jesus said my food is to do the will of my Father in heaven . That is what I want to do daily . I find that I need community . A prayerful community is a gift indeed..
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 6:50 AM
GOD is a Father who bends to our needs
Have you felt his tenderness in prayer
HIS hand softly in your hair
His burning presence within
God closer than our own breath
A closer personal GOD no one has
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 9:52 AM
In the depths of my heart
I hear YOU
Your softness I feel
Gives me courage to be
Your melody rises
WHY do I REJECT