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Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:48 AM
Forgive me God, for I so easily allow the earth to take me away from you.
I see the world as it is, and as I want it to be.
I forget all that is Good is alive in your Hand. That when my focus goes to what isnt, its than, that my focus isnt on You.
I constantly get drawn towards where you are not. What is it in me, that seeks to heal, and in doing so, loses sight of You the Good, that is my God?
I seem to want the world to be a better place, yet I somehow know it will never really be.For the world is the place where humanitys problems exist. Where memories are short, and grievences long. Where You God, get found, get expressed, in moments rather than in the journey of the life of the world.
I seek a better place. A place I once knew. A place where my eyes reflected only your light..
Where your good, lites the light in the hearts of good men. Where your word rings true in the heart, and enlightens the head. A place where all I can see , is your good. I long for that place.. That place within me, where your presence makes everything holy and sacred. The place where everyman is good, and perfect and pure. Where humanity is seen through the the Love Light in your Eyes.
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 1:17 PM
[Character of the Christ
When you take out Virtue . You remove what is the supernatural character of God. Ask yourself? In nature, where is virtue?
What in the evolution of mans nature, would suggest a need for virtue? When the nature of mans purpose, is to survive in the natural world, and nothing more? Certainly, suvival in nature, would suggest the wealthy man would be the most admirable. His would be seen as the model of success.. But is wealth virtuous? Is even sharing of ones wealth virtuous? Or is that merely only one action of man? Does that action alone, claim his being as a whole, is virtuous? Is that action, one of a moment ofdoing or a state of being? Cant one believe in the sharing of wealth, and still not himself, be virtuous at all?
Virtues dont improve a mans survival needs. They live as the core principles of a being, whose character has been formed by the goodness, which lives, in the likeness of Christ. Virtues belong to the supernatural nature of God. It is Gods nature, which has no real use, when it comes to mans survival. Virtues become valued more as man values Gods character in him( man) more. Virtues develop with, and when, man commits his nature to a greater sense of purpose. When he begins to want to be more like his Creator than the value of his ego on the earth. This commitment begins the allowance of mans nature to submit to change. The truth of God becomes mans choice of honesty. Love becomes less physical and expands to the love of goodness. Rightness, becomes what is rightness for all. With no circumstance as its separator. Purity becomes the sacredness of ones Soul. Sacredness becomes Gods presence in us. And as we hold ourselves holy for His Presence..so too do we hold everything of Gods sacred as well.
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:35 AM
[Character of the Christ
As I remember that time, when the Heavens were unexplored. And a people whose courage and vision said...all things are possible, even this!
When we were proud of who we were. Not the pride of an arrogant ego..but the enthusiam and wonder of all that could be!
We were a very different people then, and I morn the loss of who we once were.
I see no one leading us to a better day? To the kind of people we once were, when we lived in that "better"day.
I morn for the loss of men whose courage left an imprint of their sole, on another heavenly body. One in whose vantage point, allowed us for the first time, to see ourselves.
We could see us, as that beautiful blue planet. A jewel amoung the background of Heaven. A star reflecting back the rays of the sun.
I believe we fell to far too fast. I believe we have tarnished our jewel with pettiness and strife. I believe we have but one recourse , that can lift us again to Heaven..I believe we need to claim our way to a better place I believe we have a daily choice , laid out before us.. Do we bury ourselves in the work and troubled earth? Or do we choose to fly again, with those men we today honor...who chose to see the face of God, and play among His stars?
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:17 AM
[Character of the Christ
I awoke this morning renewed. The splinter in my eye , removed. The world is still the same, but I am not..yet, I am.
The spinning globe we call our earth, will forever, like the poor, be in need of solutions. Solutions that may help heal some, but never satify all. Thats the purpose of the earth. It pleads for healing, while it rejects the very things that could help it to heal.
It's need to be right, is so desparate in its nature, that what would be the cure, is dismissed as never fulfilling the deal? It had the very Presence needed, to fill its void. Yet it will somehow perfer to take the poisin , rather than admit..He alone,is their cure.
Its politics, that causes our deepest divide. And that is the splinter I prayed to Him, would be removed from my eyes, so that again, I might see.
See with eyes filled of people who pray for a neighbors loss. Who, when the cold hand of nature causes a tradgey, they come with the needed blankets for the unsheltered souls. A people whose respond to a tradgedy on the other side of the earth, send their first responders , to answer the call.
These are the children of a loving God. They need no rule of law, to inspire them to action. They have the Heart of the Living God. They dont ask for recompense, nor do they expect anything done for them in return. These are the children of God, whose gratitude, tells you to whom, they belong.
These are the people who again, light my eyes to His Beauty. These are the people who believe worship without some self sacrifice, isnt really worship at all. They after all, are following in the footsteps of the Christ. The God who sacrificed His Heaven, to walk upon this earth. To teach His children what their purpose is and the depth of their worth.
My eyes have been restored with the beauty of my God, that lives in His people...who can be seen clearly ,when what is not of Him, is removed. God Bless this Day. I thank you my God, for restoring my eyes again, to the LOVE that lives in Your Immortal Soul.
Sunday, September 9, 2012, 11:19 AM
[Character of the Christ
I am weary ...
I am weary from all our wars.
I'm weary of all those opinions, sold as truths.
Of wars produced by people whose desire is power, more than love. People who play on our emotions yet care so little of us being whole!
I am tired of men convincing women, that their freedom depends on killing one half of their soul.
I'm tired of being told who I am..by eyes that cant see me, because they only focus on their political point of view..
I'm tired of people claiming they are telling the truth, when their lips are filled with cynisim and lies.
Im weary we have lost our Souls purpose. As God becomes nothing more than a platform opinion. The very platform which claims inclusivity, yet leaves Him out!
I'm weary of the wars between our people...I so need the unity that only our belief in God can bring. I see Him as no longer being an intrical part of our Nations fabric..I long for men of good will, to somehow weave Him back in.
I see people giving praise to our division..when we were gifted with natures unity of work, that required two eyes , two ears, two hands.
I'm being drowned in our separations. Toys that take us from our silence, where the voice of God, can best be heard.
Video games, and battles of darkness, have become the hightlight of our childrens days.
I search for men of good character? Where are they, where do they live?
All that is carried on our airwaves, are pundits paid to spin the truth a thousand different ways. People fill the blogs demeaning others. As hate becomes an accepted form of communication.
I grow weary with a world I once saw as Gods gift to us for our pleasure...I find no beauty in what my eyes have become witness too. I pray for the day, I regain my sight, my love, my hopes, in a world I once cherished and loved..but now find very little to love, in its present form.
He has removed from my eyes, the beauty of His being..and has replaced it , with the seriousness of His Truth.
Monday, September 3, 2012, 1:29 PM
[Character of the Christ
The problem with the Irish Catholic Church, and that of it's Roman counterpart was, one was a direct line of Christs teachings with little pagan influence. While the other was, just the reverse. The Roman psyche was, and still is, feminine, its understanding of Christ as the feminine Soul. They were the enligtened of the Rennasisance. Romes energy was feminine whereas Ireland was masculine in its understandings and leanings. Much of the work of the disciples was to remove paganism from Christian belief. Whereas the Irish church, believed Christianity was pagan based.
You see, inherrent in the Irish church, pagan beliefs were understood, with sex as its understandings. Pain and pleasure was their idea of passion. As was love and hate. Theirs was rooted in the earth, they worshiped the earth as its mother, and with that came a more lower power of its god. Satanic rites and rituals were corruptions of symbols used by the church to inspire. The Star that guided the wise men to Jesus, was the Pentigram in pagan rites.
But the main difference was, the pagan belief, held nothing sacred, of which was the Love expressed by the Christ. Love like all people of the earth, include sexual love, but on a higher plane, His Love isnt one of pain. Therefore, His love is a very different expression of pleasue. In fact, it isnt pleasure at all, its a sense of uplifted happiness!
Passion for a pagan would be seen in its extreme Masochistic. Enjoying pain, as pleasure, was never the passion of the Christ..
When we speak of Christs Passion, it has nothing to do with the passions of the earth. Christ was not born of the earth, His birth was Godly in its conception. It was impregnated in the Soul of a woman of the earth.
What we call His passion, could in no way conclude, He enjoyed His suffering on the Cross. We know that from His own words..when He asked His Father to "take this cup away" Had the pagan idea been the case, Christs sacrifice, would then have been for Himself, rather than for our salvation.
His suffering wasnt a matter of enjoyment, otherwise, how could that be seen as suffering? The Passion of Christ, was pure in its sacrifice. As was His Mothers Immaculate Conception, known to be pure. His Passion was His suffering our Pain, through His body/mind for the sake of our Soul.
The Sacred in the Roman church is our sense of awe. It is as if an invisible lite is lifting a veil from our face, to see something we really cant see with our physical eyes, yet we see! . Its a sense of the angelic, the holy, the purest part of our being. To get a sense of the sacred is to be enveloped in the softest purest light. Its our feeling of what it is to be holy. Its Heavens worth in us, its more than our deepest sense of happiness. It is Christs reflection around us, thhrough us and infront of us ..as we witness His Light
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 4:05 PM
[Character of the Christ
As a young high school student, one of the nuns constantly praised the writings of Lewis.
And as a young high school student, I put her suggested reading advice away in the back of my mind, for another day. I was write to do so, for some of his writings takes much concentrated thought. While others such as "Mere Christianity" feeds the beauty of Christianity with well thought out reason..as an atheist converts his thinking towards God.
I have become a fan of this modern day disciple and apologist for Christ.
Thought I'd share a portion of what I am reading...his book on Pain.
"Pain insists on being attented to. God whispers in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It's His megaphone to the ears of a deaf world".
Monday, August 27, 2012, 10:54 AM
[Character of the Christ
Today, is was listening to Morning Joe, as I do most every morning..I do so, not because of any sense of political bias, but more to stay informed with how people whose life is defined by politics, think.
Today was a day, that left me speechless, for its tone, and the unbridled hate I witnessed, directed at one human being. I will not even name the participants. For as Christ says, its not the sinner, but the sin, thats truly offensive to God.
What I witnessed wasnt as much as sin, as an injustice. It was the most arrogant and hatefilled attack, I had ever felt. And it was reflective of the political intensity of our time.
But what was crystal clear in my mind was, how hate is consciously used by those who get paid, to bring us, Light!
As I watched I heard nothing but anger, directed towards one man. They called it afterwards, an exchange. What was exchanged? Hate over light? Ignorace in place of understanding? Does anyone believe you can have an exchange, if only one man is directing his biased hate, at another? One man overpowering another with accusations, putting word in his mouth, that were never said? While smuggly spewing false indignation (this man gets paid for this). Nothing came out of this exchange, except what looked like a truck running over, an innocent man! A man who was so disarmed, that he never knew what hit him. And the bravos that followed with the word "well he nailed him!" Sounds too much like past history for me, and that the same people will always remain the same , in the end!
As the hosts shrunk into the background, seemingly allowing this vile display. One could only question if they knew it was coming. And in the end joked at how much life was brought to what was previously a boring debate! So does that mean, when you are bored, this is the fun stuff you do? Hate is your spark, more than inspired thought?
After this incident, the blogs were filled with what was seen as a decisive win. The accuser, the hatefilled one had knocked out the man on the floor!
I witnessed the attitude that followed. Snarky remarks, laughter from the now stunned crowd. The inner silence I knew they all felt, while their outer joviality and comradery, seemed somewhat contrived.
And me not believing what I had just seen. How can anyone see a win, from that?How can anyone call something an exchange..when only one angry man was shouting a barrage of inuendos? If we accept that premise as a winning formula, that anyone who willing participates in road rage, should be given an award for a great debate!
What am I attempting to say here? I guess I am always so hopeful in the goodness of men. I always believe in the hopes of tommorrow being a better day. In Christ making men more civil, and His understanding winning the day!
I guess when you see first hand, the real distance they are from from your ideal of the TRUTH..one can get slightly shell shocked, and for a moment feel its dissapointment . You can lose all sense, that there are some people out there, who dont need to be fired up by hate! But that there must also be those who seek the type of understanding that ellicits His Light!
The sad thing is, is how easily the un, and ill-informed get easily fired-up by a heated exchange. One that needs no other participant, than that of their own making!
Saturday, August 25, 2012, 3:18 PM
[Character of the Christ
Love can forbear,and Love can forgive...but Love can never be reconciled to an unlovely object.
He can never therefore be reconciled to your sin, because itself is incapable of being altered:but He may be reconciled to your person, because that may be restored...Traherne Centuries of Meditation,11,30
C.S Lewis ...When a man of inferior moral standards enters a society of those who are better and wiser than he , he gradually learns to accept their standards. A process which as it happens, I can fairly describe accurately, since I have undergone it I was nearly without moral conscience as a boy could be. Some faint distaste for cruelty, and for meanness about money was my utmost reach....of chasity,truthfulness, and self sacrifice, I thought as a baboon thinks, of classical music...
Nothing which implies contradition, falls under the omnipotence of God.. Thomas Aquinas
Friday, August 24, 2012, 8:30 AM
[Character of the Christ
If you want to be happy, have no concerns regarding others, and seek only what makes you feel good. Than please dont call yourself, or seek to become a practicing Christian.
That is the warning of C.S.Lewis , an atheist who said if I want to be happy, Id drink a bottle of port!
What his words warn, is that for anyone who truly wants Christ in their lives; that choice, is not one to make lightly. It's only for those of us who take seriously, their devotion to God. And just that statement alone, says much..seriousness being the defining word. For without a sense of seriousness, no sense of the sacred can be felt!
We of course know, that Christ said all we need to be saved, was to belief in Him. And of course thats all one needs if thats all one wants. If ones reward of purpose is left for another time. A time when in death, you are called.
There is a difference in those of us, who want more. There is a difference in wanting to be a part of the conscious life of Christ. This awareness asks more of us, than the postponement of purpose, in our life with Christ. When we choose Christ , we also choose the need of conscience. The self awareness of a right and a wrong.
As Lewis says, if right and wrong were equal choices, what would be within man, that would urge him to do good? What if we took away a heavenly reward, man would still have the urge within him to want to choose good. There is a moral and ethical code given us after Christs death. He said His words would be written on our hearts and mind.Its the call of God, within our immortal Soul. Its His hand on our heart, with His purpose urging us to choose what is right, for Him.
What is the reward as Peter asked ? What will I gain, if happiness is not my eternal reward? Well thats just the point! The more we find God as our satisfaction, the happier we become, but its a happiness that has serious tones. Its a happiness that isnt filled with nonsense,or the kind of happiness that comes from temporary distractions. Its not the temporary happiness of things or the moments of the beauty that we are filled with , when we are in nature. Its not the emotional fulfillment we seek in other emotional relationships. Relationships that no matter how perfect, can never us with the love, that fills us to the brim! The kind of love that Christ said when He said, "My cup runneth over" So filled with Gods love, that we need no other thing!
If we want to love as Christ loves, a serious commitment is our beginnings. His truth begins His good, working in us, through the reformation of our character.. When we begin to live as commited Christians, we must not expect to maintain the same happiness given us by the earth. Instead, we will begin to feel the untold happiness that lives in the eternal..a happiness that contains both joy and sacredness. A happiness that will make you feel your heart. A loving fulfillment that only lives in the love that Christs Heaven can give.