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    Forgiveness frees YOU and ME

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 7:44 AM [General]

    To forgive another person from the heart is an act of
    liberation. We set that person free from the negative bonds
    that exist between us. We say, "I no longer hold your
    offense against you" But there is more. We also free
    ourselves from the burden of being the "offended one." As
    long as we do not forgive those who have wounded us, we
    carry them with us or, worse, pull them as a heavy load. The
    great temptation is to cling in anger to our enemies and
    then define ourselves as being offended and wounded by them.
    Forgiveness, therefore, liberates not only the other but
    also ourselves. It is the way to the freedom of the children
    of God.

    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    How Free ....

    Monday, January 24, 2011, 10:49 PM [General]

    I was thinking about freedom . Years agp at 7 years old I had a real inner freedom . I knew I had a conscience and I had enough inner freedom to obey that still voice within.

    A question arises how did I lose it ?  Do I know what my conscience is telling me today . It's been 60 years since that first moment in time when I knew it was quite wrong to think of suicide . I was 7 years old .

    I see it as losing hope today . Do we have that right ?  What does it mean to be Christian ? Having been baptized that did give me graces , right ? To be baptized and not to be guided in the faith not knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was growing up I'd say lots was missing from my education .

    A great sadness fills me when I see young people not knowing that God so loved the world that he sent us his only begotten Son so that we may have life and have it more abundantly .

    Love brings freedom that is the love of God . We are to love one another the way we are . God does not ask us to change people . The thing is people change when they are loved . That is acceptance for who they are .

    Sitting with an old woman I listened to her soft voice . I could tell there was much pain within her . Yet she had a glow and that came from  the  Spirit within her. I didn't  have words for her. I let her talk in her own way . Her physiognomy spoke volumes . Interupting the silence she said to me ,"You understand ."

    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    Christian Meekness ?

    Monday, January 24, 2011, 7:32 PM [General]

    "The person who possesses Christian meekness is affectionate and tender towards everyone: he is disposed to forgive and excuse the frailties of others; the goodness of his heart appears in a sweet affability that influences his words and actions, presents every object to his view in the most charitable and pleasing light." (St Francis Sales)

    I know too few who are like that . Actually I find some of my siblings kind and affectionate . For some reason those who have suffered much have that Christian meekness . The poor their hands are usually rugged because of toil . Their  hearts know how to cry to God and yet not a word comes out of their mouth .I think what they own is a quiet expectency that life will continue to be manageable . They have joy because of their deep down faith .

    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    Our hearts are they soft or hardened

    Sunday, January 23, 2011, 12:57 PM [General]

    We , most of us I think live in a society that demands comfort . And many think it is evil to suffer . The Word of God sees it differently .

    "Even now I find my joy in the suffering I endure for you . In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking for His Body , the Church . Colossians 1:24

    Does that mean loving to suffer ? Saint Paul  rejoiced because he suffered for the sake of the Church .He described his sufferings in Colossians 1:29 .

    Paul's love for the Church and for Jesus motivated him to rejoice in his sufferings

    In my own life how does that work ?

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    All Is Quiet !

    Saturday, January 22, 2011, 5:06 PM [General]

    Night time all is quiet in my home .  I've been a night person for a long time . I sit in my favorite  chair and I pray .Speak Lord  your servant is listening .I am ready to do your will . What might that be ? Many ideas , your ideas are different from mine that I know . The past is not always a bad thing to go to . I know I am slow in hearing what you have to say to me . Lord have mercy on me a sinner

    In the stillness of night I hear you call me . Darlness you dispel , darkness you dispel . My heart longs for you , my heart longs for you . Your warmth fills my being . I thank you for  me . Lord you have searched my ways , you know when I sit and when I stand . Let your face shine upon me and I will know joy

    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    Faithful ?

    Friday, January 21, 2011, 10:40 PM [General]

    What is a faithful man to do in the chaos of events which seem to swallow him up? He must sustain himself calmly by Faith. Faith will make him adore the eternal plan of God. Faith will assure him that to those who love God all things work together for good. - Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850) Priest, Memorial day January 22

    Waiting on the Lord will bring great fruit . The problem with me is that what I think I need now can wait for God's time .

    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    For those who love God nothing is impossible

    Friday, January 21, 2011, 10:37 PM [General]

    What is a faithful man to do in the chaos of events which seem to swallow him up? He must sustain himself calmly by Faith. Faith will make him adore the eternal plan of God. Faith will assure him that to those who love God all things work together for good. - Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850) Priest, Memorial day January 22

    Waiting on the Lord will bring great fruit . The problem with me is that what I think I need now can wait for God's time .

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    Go out into the world love all ...

    Thursday, January 20, 2011, 9:03 AM [General]

    O eternal Truth, true Love, and beloved Eternity, you are my God, and for you I sigh day and night. As I first began to know you, you lifted me up and showed me that, while that which I might see exists indeed, I was not yet capable of seeing it. Your rays beamed intensely on me, beating back my feeble gaze, and I trembled with love and dread. I knew myself to be far away from you in a region of unlikeness, and I seemed to hear your voice from on high: “I am the food of the mature: grow, then, and you shall eat me. You will not change me into yourself like bodily food; but you will be changed into me”. (From Confessions Saint Augustine )

    Changed unto God , that is sobering isn't it ? I m wondering how does that happen ? I think it happens when we decide to go out of our comfort zones and we decide that other people are also temples of the most high . As Christians our witness has to be one of love for all . No discrimination please ....

    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    The Refusal !

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 6:57 PM [General]

    For some reason that came to mind today. My mother had asked me if I would take her in when her spouse died . I said it would be impossible because mother-in -law had asked before her . That was not true .

    I had not forgiven her at that time for all the battery , insults , torments basically I felt she had not shown me any love as I was growing up . A change in attitude occured in me when I was accepted and loved by an ecumenical group that met for prayer at my church .

    Forgiveness was possible because of the love and acceptance in that group . I could than see that my mother did love all of us . She lived an unbearable life on a one acre farm raising fourteen children . In the early years dad was barely with us . He worked on the railroad . She cleaned , she cooked , she sewed and did the farm chores . Stretched  beyond compare . Thank God we prayed as a family that is what kept us going

    3.7 (1 Ratings)

    Prayer + Trust

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 6:33 PM [General]

    Life is unpredictable. We can be happy one day and sad the
    next, healthy one day and sick the next, rich one day and
    poor the next, alive one day and dead the next. So who is
    there to hold on to? Who is there to feel secure with? Who
    is there to trust at all times?

    Only Jesus, the Christ. He is our Lord, our shepherd, our
    rock, our stronghold, our refuge, our brother, our guide,
    and our friend. He came from God to be with us. He died
    for us, he was raised from the dead to open for us the way
    to God, and he is seated at God's right hand to welcome us
    home. With Paul, we must be certain that "neither death
    nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in
    existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the
    heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will
    be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us
    in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).

    A lot of what is said in the above is so true for me also . I've been worried for months
    because of pain in a breast . Had a second mammogram and utra sound  and was told all is well . I definitely ascribe this to prayers from friends here . All things are possible for those who pray and trust in God's time

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