Decisions ...

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:33 PM [General]

    Inspirational Snippet: Fear is a feeling, but trust is a decision. God eagerly helps us to make that decision

    It takes time for me to make a decision that will impact the lives of many .I think I am older and wiser today and i know there is a need for a life change . I want it to start with  retreat of a week or two .That has proved beneficial in the past .

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    Mountaintop experience ...

    Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9:41 PM [General]

    The journey to the mountaintop is usually longer than we plan or imagine. A short trip sometimes takes so long we never reach the goal. The mountaintop experience we hope for remains elusive.

    If we are walking with Jesus, our eyes shouldn't be fixated on the goal anyway. Awareness of the presence of Jesus is the real objective, the daily objective, the moment by moment objective.

    If our joy depends on what's ahead instead of Who is beside us, we will never reach the mountaintop, possibly not even the ultimate heavenly mountaintop. And we will miss the experiences of heaven that Jesus gives us on the footpath of today's portion of the journey.

    Joy is found in the adventure of traveling wherever Jesus leads us. The ups and downs we traverse together become more fruitful and beneficial than a straight and smooth path.

    If the goal is God-inspired, we will be rewarded for persevering toward it even when we don't obtain it. God doesn't ask for the completion of every plan; He asks to be the Lord of every plan. And in that are many different and surprising rewards

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    Song of Songs most celebrated in all of literature

    Monday, July 7, 2014, 5:47 AM [General]

    The Old Testament has many beautiful stories of marriage, all of them stressing that blend of steadfastness and tenderness which should characterise married love, as it characterises God's love for His people. Such are the espousals and marriage of Abraham and Sarah, of Isaac and Rebekah, of Jacob and Rachel. The Book of Ruth describes, with touching simplicity, the marriage of Boaz and Ruth. The Book of Tobit has the charming story of "love at first sight" between Tobias and Sarah, and of their prayerful preparation for marriage and their married bliss. Tobias, we are told, "fell so deeply in love with Sarah that he could no longer call his heart his own" (Tobit 6:18). Tobias prays to God: Be kind enough to have pity on (Sara) and on me and bring us to old age together (Tobit 8:9).

    40. The Song of Songs is one of the most celebrated love songs of all literature. It is a long lyrical celebration of the joy of the mutual love between a young man and a young woman; and yet it is simply an elaboration of the earliest love song which we find in Genesis, the song sung by Adam when he was first introduced to Eve. The stress laid in Genesis on the unbreakable union of the first man and woman in marriage is re-echoed in the Song of Songs: My beloved is mine and I am his. (Song of Songs 2:15)

    Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is strong as Death, jealously relentless as Sheol. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the Lord himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. Were a man to offer all the wealth of his house to buy love, contemptall he would purchase {Song of Song 8:6-7}

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    Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:45 PM [General]

    The work of promoting peace is anything but a calm and quiet endeavor. It takes a clear mind, a steady spirit and a brave soul to intervene between people whose emotions are so aroused that they are ready to destroy one another. This is all the more true of a woman in the early 14th century. But Elizabeth of Portigal  had a deep and sincere love and sympathy for humankind, almost a total lack of concern for herself and an abiding confidence in God. These were the tools of her success.

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    Hide Me Within Your Heart ...

    Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:50 AM [General]

    “O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, You desire so ardently to shower Your favors upon the unfortunate, and to teach those who want to advance in the school of Your love; You continually invite me to be meek and Mary Margarethumble of heart like You. For this reason, You convince me that in order to gain Your friendship and to become Your true disciple, I can do nothing better than to try henceforth to be truly meek and humble. Grant me, then, that sincere humility which keeps me subject to everyone, which makes me bear little humiliations in silence, which even makes me accept them willingly and with serenity, without excuse or complaint, remembering that I really deserve more and greater ones than I receive.

    “O Jesus, permit me to enter Your Heart as I would a school. In this school teach me the science of the saints; in this school I shall listen attentively to Your sweet words: ‘Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ I can see that the storms I fear arise solely from my self-love, my vanity, my attachment to my own will. Defend me, O Lord, protect the peace of my soul! Your Heart is an abyss in which I find everything and, above all, it is an abyss of love in which I must submerge every other love, especially love of self with its fruits of human respect, vain complacency and egoism. By drowning all these tendencies in the abyss of Your love I shall find there all the riches my soul needs. O Jesus, if I feel in myself an abyss of pride and vainglory, I shall plunge it immediately into the profound humiliations of Your Heart which is an abyss of humility. If I find in myself an abyss of agitation, impatience or anger, I shall fly to Your Heart which is an abyss of meekness. In every circumstance, at every encounter, I want to abandon myself to Your Heart, the ocean of love and charity, and I will not leave it until I am all penetrated by its divine fire” (cf. St. Margaret Mary).

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