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Love, mercy, life and beginning again

Posted by markdohle , 27 April 2016 · 107 views

Love, mercy, life and beginning again



The present moment is an important concept for those on the spiritual path, no matter what tradition is being followed. For it is in the moment that we are in touch with ‘now’ not...


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11th step AA group

Posted by markdohle , 26 April 2016 · 106 views

11th step AA group


Had the 11th step AA group here this weekend; they have been coming here for years.  We have three different AA groups come here and I find myself very attached to each one.  Doing the 12 steps keep you real and you feet on the ground.  It is a place of community and...


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To become ever fully human

Posted by markdohle , 24 April 2016 · 290 views

To become ever fully human



I sense keenly how Your divine Blood is circulating in my heart; I have not the least doubt that Your most pure love has entered my heart with Your most sacred Blood.  I am aware that You are dwelling in me, together with the Father and the Holy...


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Love’s language

Posted by markdohle , 23 April 2016 · 312 views

Love’s language

Eternal God, Goodness itself, whose mercy is
incomprehensible to every intellect, whether human or angelic,
help me, your feeble child, to do Your holy will as You make it
known to me.  I desire nothing but to fulfill God’s desires.  Lord, here are
my soul and my body, my mind and my will,
my heart...


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Inner silence (I still struggle with it).

Posted by markdohle , 22 April 2016 · 289 views

Inner silence
(I still struggle with it).  


The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God.  
It lives almost always under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  
God works in a silent soul without hindrance---Faustina’s diary 477...


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Living in a secular society (Humpty Dumpty had a great fall)

Posted by markdohle , 20 April 2016 · 314 views

Living in a secular society

(Humpty Dumpty had a great fall)



There are always advantages and disadvantages no matter in what time of history we live in.  So it is no different today.  People often pine for the good old days, but in fact I doubt there is any such thing.  Back in the...


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Wrapped in death’s strong bonds

Posted by markdohle , 19 April 2016 · 207 views

Wrapped in death’s strong bonds



We are still in Easter season and the mystery of Christ Jesus resurrection is still central in the liturgy as well in our private prayer and meditation.  I have been spending a lot of time on the ‘Last Discourse’ of Jesus in the Gospel of John as well as the account...


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Everyone’s journey and trust

Posted by markdohle , 16 April 2016 · 159 views

Everyone’s journey and trust



The concept of being a pilgrim is important to me.  It means we are always moving forward towards a destination and the more we understand this, that destination can become something holy.  Many deny this, believing that we are on journey that only ends in a brick wall with nothing...


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Living out of our true image and likeness

Posted by markdohle , 15 April 2016 · 173 views

Living out of our true image and likeness


“Go out to others and share the good news that God, our Father,
walks at our side. He frees us from anonymity, from a life of
emptiness and selfishness, and brings us to the school
of encounter. He removes us from the fray of competition
and self-absorption,...


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Growing up in Panama Canal Zone on a military base (the sense of uprootedness)

Posted by markdohle , 14 April 2016 · 181 views

Growing up in Panama Canal Zone on a military base
(the sense of uprootedness)



Before we moved to Panama in 1958, when I was ten, we changed our home base quite a bit.  I got used to the moving and found it exciting.  Moving into a new house was fun, meeting new people all the time and going to a different school...


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Talk is cheap

Posted by markdohle , 13 April 2016 · 180 views

Talk is cheap


“A Christianity which ‘does’ little in practice,
while incessantly ‘explaining’ its teachings,
is dangerously unbalanced”—Pope Francis



People need to share what they believe with others.  If done in a respectful manner people...


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Separation

Posted by markdohle , 11 April 2016 · 162 views

Separation


I, personally, have never bought into letting go of my "truly" loved ones.
It simply doesn't compute in my system. It is completely foreign to me.
For one thing, a "truly" loved one is someone who is absolutely ingrained
in my heart and soul. I don't have...


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We are called to mercy

Posted by markdohle , 09 April 2016 · 190 views

We are called to mercy


13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be
brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not
conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called
you is...


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Everyone is in labor (quote from a woman in a dream)

Posted by markdohle , 08 April 2016 · 182 views

Everyone is in labor
(quote from a woman in a dream)


Dreams have always been important with me.  I remember dreams that I had when I was six.  Had them every night, so I guess I just got into the habit of remembering them.  Almost all of my breakthroughs in my life have come from information or insights that have...


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Unfolding

Posted by markdohle , 07 April 2016 · 200 views

Unfolding



It is hard  to understand what makes others tick, so alien we can be to one another.  So much alike, yet vast differences can lead to situations when building bridges is almost impossible.  Simple gestures, carefully chosen words, even smiles, can be interrupted in ways not dreamed of.  I have had this experience a couple of...


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Questions about ‘Ultimate Reality’

Posted by markdohle , 06 April 2016 · 209 views

Questions about ‘Ultimate Reality’



When talking to people about their inner lives and how they pray and process, I find that I have talked to no one who fits into any kind of preconceived all size fits all spirituality.  Each person is unique in how they deal with the mystery of who they are and how they relate to God.  I...


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Finding a penny seeing a butterfly

Posted by markdohle , 05 April 2016 · 524 views

Finding a penny seeing a butterfly


Some times when talking to friends and just people that I have met when conversing with them here in the retreat house, I have found that many will have some sort of event happen to them that will draw their attention in a powerful way.  It is...


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Serving one another Chapter 71: Mutual Obedience

Posted by markdohle , 03 April 2016 · 569 views

Serving one another
Chapter 71: Mutual Obedience


1 Obedience is a blessing to be shown by all, not only to the abbot but also to one another as brothers, 2 since we know that it is by this way of obedience that we go to God. 3 Therefore, although orders of the abbot or of the priors...


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A conversation with a very humble woman (Breaking family cycles)

Posted by markdohle , 02 April 2016 · 551 views

A conversation with a very humble woman

(Breaking family cycles)



I was talking to one of our retreatants last evening.  A very nice lady in her 40’s, who has been here a couple of times, has like most of us had some rough times in her life.  She talked...


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Flight from no one to nowhere

Posted by markdohle , 30 March 2016 · 526 views

Flight from no one to nowhere

It is hard to know when to let someone go,
their road they must set out alone,
to have faith in God’s regard and love,
and presence within their often shattered hearts.

I don’t know often what to do,
perhaps nothing is the answer,

Yet this woman came by this week,
people were after her
watching from every exit as...