Monday, October 24, 2016

Every Moment...


"Life always gives us exactly the right teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru." —Charlotte Joko Beck

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Living Word...

 
"Sacred Scripture, the Revelation, is not something static. 
It is a living Word, it is constantly in motion. Like the whole of creation, 
it is ever coming forth from God, coming forth now 
in the collective memory of a people. How will I live it now, today?"
-M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Be Still and Know that I am God

                                 Psalm 46:10 - Amen.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Deepest Friendship...



     The topic of friendship has been ongoing for me this week with conversations, reflection and articles. What constitutes a true friendship? How many ‘real’ friends do we have? Are certain people ‘friends’ or really mere acquaintances on Facebook? Are we being used? Are we missed?
      The deepest of all friendships, in many cases, more so than relationships with spouses, siblings and relatives, according to psychotherapist, Dr. Philip Mango, is ‘spiritual.’ It goes beyond niceties, compliments and the frequency with which we see a person. It’s a soul-to-soul connection. Eternal. Kindred spirits, truly.
    

     Sometimes this kind of friendship happens instantly. The draw is immediate. We don’t really understand it at first…we might be of different races, marital status, ages and genders. But then, perhaps weeks, months, or years later, after gradual steps of friendship begin, a profound inner bond is established. Most often neither person says a thing about it, but they know that they will always be there, support and pray for one another. They often share in ways that don’t require many words because the soul understands what can go unheard with others. Physical separation doesn’t alter the tie. When they meet after long spaces of time, they pick up right where they left off.
        Some of us have an ongoing ‘spiritual’ friendship with a priest, minister, or rabbi for many years. Others ‘connect’ on a spiritual level with a band member, a student in class, a member of church, a book club, even the gym! At some point, the recognition of ‘soul’ sameness becomes relational.
        Other ‘spiritual’ friendships seem temporary, but are far more enduring than what is seen on the surface .God places a person in our life that brightens our outlook, like a shining star in the darkness, seemingly out of nowhere. We languish in the light of one another's insights and God-given personalities. And then the star must move to another orbit. Oh, how we miss that star! But the light placed within us becomes a part or our inner light for always. We are changed for the better. We never forget, and remain forever grateful for that connection, even if we cannot have regular interaction and exchanges any longer.
       Now this might read a bit mystical and strange, even romanticized in nature; that’s because there are ‘three’ in this friendship…me/you, our friend and God.   
     Ahh, that’s how it is with spiritual friendships. Nothing shallow or fleeting about it. Not built on how popular each of us is on social media, or what we look like. It runs deeper. We feel and see the soul's sensitivities, goodness, gifts, kindnesses, which only God can clarify and encourage us to use for one another. A spiritual companion.
    When we enjoy making music together, works of art, moments in nature, prose, sentiments of compassion and charity…when we pray together...we gravitate as sisters, brothers, or sister and brother, closer to God on our journey. Differences simply add a new perspective we hadn’t had before. The friendship broadens the soul's capacity for love and loyalty that we can then pass on to others…divinely inspired.
    A big side-effect of 'spiritual' friendship is joy!

     This is not to overlook or view the many other kinds of beneficial friendships we have as trivial and lacking substance. Every person who brings good into our lives, and we in theirs, is a gift. Every friend contributes to the importance of socializing and community…whether we have shopping, movie, lunch, work and/or church committee buddies. Even acquaintances on Facebook bring some form of inspiration or a smile now and again.
     Who knows? One of them might be destined to be a spiritual friend. And if that happens, the soul will know. And yes, these friends can be counted on one hand, after all, we are unique individuals and when we mesh with another soul it is rare and beautiful. 
      Thank you my spiritual friends…you know who you are.
    
      

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Connect with God in Nature...


"Nothing is more calming than connecting with God through Nature.
His beautiful creations, gifts and blessings, we should never take
for granted but enjoy." -Rachel Sazon-Reyes

Monday, June 13, 2016

St. Anthony of Padua Said...



"Our thoughts ought by instinct to fly upwards from animals, men and natural objects to their creator.
If created things are so utterly lovely. How gloriously beautiful must be he who made them. The wisdom of the worker is revealed in his handiwork."
-St. Anthony of Padua-

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Evangelization...


"I think the only kind of acceptable evangelization is the evangelization of good example."
- Fr. Andrew Greeley

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Healing in Your Wounds...


“Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. 
Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry 
will come out of your deepest hurts.”
Rick Warren-

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

If God is Everywhere...

 One man asked a priest:
"If God is everywhere, what do I go to Church for?"
To which the priest replied:
"The whole atmosphere is filled with water; but when you want to drink you have to go to a fountain or a well."

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Intense Moment


An 'Intense Moment' is time set aside to be with the Lord, segments of time during the daily activities, for example, thirty minutes a day, a few hours every two weeks, etc. 'Intense Moments' are intended not only for praying but also for the recuperation of emotional balance, interior unity, serenity, and peace. Otherwise, people disintegrate in the insanity of life. 
-Ignacio Larranaga

Friday, April 1, 2016

No Matter...



"No matter how steep the mountain - the Lord is going to climb
          it with you."
                                                                             - Helen Steiner Rice

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Every Morning...

 
 "Wash your face every morning in a bath of praise."
                                                                             - Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Knock Knock...



"Fear knocked at the door and faith answered.  No one was
        there."

                                                                             - Old English Proverb

Friday, March 18, 2016

Gifts of God...

 
"Above all else, know this:  Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones.  For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive."   - Meister Eckhart

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Poem...



 "Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger."
                 -St. Patrick-

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

...Wanting To Get Up...

 "Thank you, Lord, for the sheer joy of wanting to get up and
help the world go around." -Roxie Gibson

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Faith is...


"Faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows -
standing without, you can see no glory, nor can you
imagine any, but standing within, every ray of light reveals

a harmony of unspeakable splendors. "

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Absorb and Give Back...


   (Photo taken by author)
...Look at a flower until its beauty becomes part of your very soul. It will be given back to the world again by you in the form of a smile or a loving word or kind thought or prayer.
    -Excerpt from the book: God Calling-

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

One Kindly Word...



"One Kindly Word is of More Importance Than a Statesman's Speech."
-God Calling-

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Deepest Hurts...

"Your most effective ministry
will come out of your
deepest hurts."
         -Rick Warren-

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Each Day...

"Every one of us needs half an hour of prayer each day.
Except when we are busy - 
then we need an hour."
    -St. Francis De Sales-

Friday, March 4, 2016

When...

 "When my hope is gone, when my fear is strong.
When the pain is real, when it's hard to heal.
When my faith is shaken
and my heart is broken.
God I know that
You lift me up,
You never leave me thirsty."
-Kari Jobe-

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Like a Bird...



"Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is
      still dark."
                                                                             - Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

...You Will Flow...


"As your faith is strengthened you will find there is no longer
    the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as
    they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great
    delight and benefit."
   
                                                                     - Emmanuel Teney