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#1    markdohle

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 02:43 PM





Serious business

Our lives are serious business.  How we live, the way that we treat others is important and has deep and everlasting consequence on our souls.  We are called to become more human, loving and compassionate.  To accept all aspects of life as well as the lives of others and not to flee from the pain that is part and parcel of life, is never easy.  To embrace reality can be very difficult, and perhaps at times seem impossible, yet grace compels us to begin over and over and never to give in to despair.  For those who love God, seek God’s will, all things will work out for the good.  Another aspect of faith hard to accept, but experienced by those who keep on the path.  We can suffer alone, bitter and cut off from others, or suffer with Christ, embracing all others and filled with God’s healing grace and love.  All things pass, all events settled down, the present moment will soon become ancient history, but the love and compassion of God will last forever.  


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 05:36 PM

There be many paths in the forest.

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:55 PM

I love the forest . id like to live in a tree house with elves there

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:58 PM

View PostGreenmansGod, on 06 February 2014 - 05:36 PM, said:

There be many paths in the forest.

True my friend, not all end well.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:14 PM

There is an end?

"The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it."  Galadriel

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

View Postmarkdohle, on 06 February 2014 - 02:43 PM, said:





Serious business

Our lives are serious business.  How we live, the way that we treat others is important and has deep and everlasting consequence on our souls.  We are called to become more human, loving and compassionate.  To accept all aspects of life as well as the lives of others and not to flee from the pain that is part and parcel of life, is never easy.  To embrace reality can be very difficult, and perhaps at times seem impossible, yet grace compels us to begin over and over and never to give in to despair.  For those who love God, seek God’s will, all things will work out for the good.  Another aspect of faith hard to accept, but experienced by those who keep on the path.  We can suffer alone, bitter and cut off from others, or suffer with Christ, embracing all others and filled with God’s healing grace and love.  All things pass, all events settled down, the present moment will soon become ancient history, but the love and compassion of God will last forever.  
You have a good heart, Mark. Do you do street outreach? Do you go out in plain clothes? How do people react to you in plain clothes? I live in a beach community. The recent riot has changed the locals' laidback attitude. Even before the riot, people hardly look at each other or say hello. Most people see others on the surface. The haves project a certain look, while the "tourists" stick out like a sore thumb. There's always something in people's minds to compartmentalize others. It's very sad but true. I'm not perfect, mind you, because I, too, do it at times, especially when I see rowdy, gangbanging-looking people, or mentally challenged homeless guys screaming and talking to themselves. I usually take a different route.

Sometimes I think to myself that it would be easier to break the towering ice if I were to wear a religious robe. More often than not, the majority of people on the street don't wear a smile, or they have a harrassed, sour look.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

No I don't wear my habit in public ;-).  I work in our retreat house so I do interact with people quite a bit.  All kinds of people, it is interesting and does stretch me.

We grow in love when we open ourselves to grace, without that, I think we tend to stick only with those who belong to our family, or expended tribe so to speak.  It is a long journey of healing, of failing and getting back up.  We all have a lot to deal with in our hearts.  Fears, anxious concerns etc.  The sermon on the mount, is easy to read, hard to live, it does take a death to an old way of life.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:12 PM

View Postmarkdohle, on 09 February 2014 - 04:50 PM, said:

No I don't wear my habit in public ;-).
I'm glad to hear that. Do you interact with people (who don't know anything about you) on the street, outside of the retreat house?


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:30 PM

I think people take religion much to seriously. It is just opinion over another.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:03 PM

The path we walk is one of our own creation. If not we follow along the path created for us. I'd rather walk in faith and make my own way.

We're all living in a world filled with moderately stupid people.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:16 PM

View PostNo-thingBornPassion, on 09 February 2014 - 09:12 PM, said:

I'm glad to hear that. Do you interact with people (who don't know anything about you) on the street, outside of the retreat house?

Of course when I am out.  Now that I am o longer in the infirmary I go out less, which is good for me.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:17 PM

View PostXenoFish, on 09 February 2014 - 10:03 PM, said:

The path we walk is one of our own creation. If not we follow along the path created for us. I'd rather walk in faith and make my own way.

I understand, we are each unique, and there are many who would love to tell us how to live, what to do etc.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 08:32 PM

You folks remind me of something I read once, when the world and I were younger.  This fellow has quite a way with words, I think.


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Each path is only one of a million paths. Therefore, you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path. If you feel that you must not follow it, you must not follow it under any circumstances. Any path is only a path. There is no affront to yourself or others in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you! Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question . . . It is this . . . Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same. They lead nowhere. They are paths going through the brush or into the brush. Does this path have a heart is the only question. If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere, but one has a heart and the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it you will be one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong, the other weakens you. -Carlos Castaneda




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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:51 AM

....or the same could also be said with the help of this nice little parable:

  ".......

  The Roads

A man on his journey through life upon the Earth came to a place where many roads led in different directions.
He stopped, and said: “Which road should I choose? Which is the right road?” And his eye searched along the
many roads, that he might find the right one.
He chose a path that led over green fields and past flower-filled gardens, and was about to take the first step
when, behold, there came to the same place another man, and he also stopped, looked about, and called to
the first man: “Friend and brother, tell me, which road shall I follow? Which road will lead me to the goal in the
shortest time?”
  The first man answered him and said: “By this one; for this is the one that I have chosen.”
But the other man said: “Do you not see the high mountains in the distance? That path leads over them and it
is dangerous to travel past deep ravines and steep cliffs. Nay, I will choose this road; it is the better of the two.”
And he pointed to a wide, straight road lined with tall trees.
But the first man cried heatedly: “Do you not see the river beyond? The swirling currents are strong, they will
drag you along, and you shall assuredly perish!”
Then also the second man cried angrily: “Are you saying that I have chosen the wrong road?”
And they quarreled at length, but could not agree.
  Thus, they delayed each other on their journey.
  But, behold! A third man came to the same place. He stopped, heard them quarrel, called to them, and said:
  Friends and brothers, why must you quar­rel? Why not follow the path leading through the woods beyond? The
  path is cool, peaceful and quiet; the trees will shelter you from the burning rays of the sun. Follow me, and we
  shall travel together in peace and harmony. I believe that this path will lead us to the goal in the shortest time.”
Then the two others cried: “Fool, do you not know that the woods abound with wild beasts? They will tear you
asunder, or you will lose your way in the darkness.
  But he paid them no heed. And he walked on towards the woods.  
Then the two looked upon one another, and the first one said: “Friend and brother, let us part in peace and
each travel his own road, the road that leads soonest to the goal is the right one.”And, reconciled, they
shook hands and parted in peace.The different roads led the three men through many obstacles, across
mighty seas and churning rivers, over steep mountains and through wild and dark forests. But they
overcame all obstacles. And behold! When, weary from their travels, they reached the goal, they stood,
all at the same time before the entrance to their father’s kingdom.
They wondered greatly, and they said: “Friends and brothers! How is this possible? Each chose his own
road, and behold we stand before the goal at the same time!”
   Then their father’s servant came, and said to them: “The roads of your father are many, and His ways are
   unfathomable.”
   And he bade them enter.
   Then stood the three men and brothers, hand in hand, before their father.
   And their father received them fondly, took them to his heart, blessed them and said: “When you follow my
   calling voice, when you journey forth along that path which in hope and trust you have chosen, then will you
   come in the shortest time to my kingdom!
“My ways are unsearchable, and my ways are many—but they all lead to my kingdom, to my home.”
November 23rd, 1911
   ......."


   Cheers

Edited by Djeminy, 11 February 2014 - 02:52 AM.


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:47 PM

View PostGreenmansGod, on 07 February 2014 - 03:14 PM, said:

There is an end?

Well temporarily LOL.

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