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My child: (Imaginative dialogue with God)

My child: (Imaginative dialogue with God)

My child: (Imaginative dialogue with God) No matter your state I am constant, all things wax and wane in your world, my love is infinite all consuming, never changing, my light that heals your soul. Your failures are many, weaknesses prfound, often wandering off you go like a child lost and afraid, for deep within is great sorrow that all of my children carry, though often hidden below the anger, sin, addictions and depression. Do not fear my child, just trust, difficult f

markdohle

markdohle

Confidence in God

Confidence in God

Confidence in God Retreat   We are having a retreat titled “Confidence in God”. Of course, the topic is always dealt with that has to do with the subject of pain and suffering. If one has a deep faith, it can help to deal with inner turmoil in a prayerful and trusting manner. Prayer is an opening up of one's heart before the Infinite, the lover of mankind as shown us in Jesus Christ. Below is a Psalm one of the participants shared with us. I found it deeply moving, and it dealt with the depth

markdohle

markdohle

 

Blizzard in the backcountry

There’s a blizzard forecast for tonight and I was due for a grocery run, so around 5:00 this evening I left for town before the snow made driving too dangerous. I hadn’t eaten all day long and I was very hungry and when I’m hungry my mind goes straight to “double quarter-pounder with cheese.” To paraphrase the great John Muir: “McDonalds is calling, and I must go.” The roads weren’t too bad as I drove the 20 miles into town. I got behind a slow-moving semi and followed behind him so that th

simplybill

simplybill

 

Surround Yourself With Good Things

I've worked with lots of psychotherapists over the years.  Some I thought were better than others.   One therapist I saw was a counselor whom I didn't work with for long, as I didn't think she was very good at it.   However, one helpful bit of advice she gave me was for me to surround myself with positive things and good people.  I thought that was excellent advice.   If you surround yourself with good things and good people, your life still won't be perfect and rosy.  Yo

MainerMikeBrown

MainerMikeBrown

 

Beavers underworked due to new union rules.

With the sudden rise in membership of the woodchuck lumber tossing union the local beaver union had to include stricter guidelines in the amount of damn trees a beaver could chew down. Field reporter Timmy Titmouse has had a birds eye view on the situation and he assures us that the situation is as grim as it sounds. when asked her opinion on the subject, Sally Squirrel was quoted as follows. ”I wish this would just stop, non anthropomorphic animals are just acting nuts.” Will thi

newbloodmoon

newbloodmoon

You can't be Brother Mark!

You can't be Brother Mark!

You can't be Brother Mark!   One day, a few months ago, a woman was checking into the retreat house for one of our retreats. As we talked, as I am most likely do, I joked a lot with her. I can be a bit of a clown.   She asked me my name, and I responded that I am Br. Mark, the guest-master. She looked at me in unbelief and stated that I could not possibly be Br. Mark, because he is very serious!   So I thought about it, and walked into the restroom near the office and looked into the

markdohle

markdohle

It is always a choice

It is always a choice

It is always a choice   Trust in God is essential. It is not an emotion, or a feeling, though they can be present. Trust is a choice that can be made when all emotions or feelings say otherwise. Only our trust in God will never be betrayed, so take root in the love of Jesus Christ and take the next step. Mercy is never denied, God is not the issue, we are.--Br.MD  

markdohle

markdohle

 

Must You Have A Passion To Go That Far?

Some people love working in the mental health field.  They love helping others and work in the field for many years. Then their are others who basically enjoy working in the mental health field, but don't have a passion for it. Then their are others who would rather do something else for a living. Here's my question: can you go as far as becoming a psychiatrist or a psychologist if you don't have a passion for that type of work? Considering the enormous dues you have to pay i

MainerMikeBrown

MainerMikeBrown

Epiphany

Epiphany

Epiphany Unbelievers came to worship the King, following the star in the cold of the night. Bearing gifts for worship, prayer, and the preparation for suffering and death. They represent all seekers after truth, those humble souls who wish to delve into the mystery of our existence seeking the Infinite. We have no right to judge them, nor can they pass judgment on us, if truth be told. Only God can see into the heart, and all hearts belong to Him, our Infinite Father. All seekers

markdohle

markdohle

 

Erakka the Albino Demon

Erakka the Albino Demon and the Sonora Aggressor   By Paul Dale Roberts aka The Demon Warrior Halo Paranormal Investigations www.cryptic916.com/ Sacramento Paranormal Help www.facebook.com/HaloParanormalInvestigations/ Email: jazmaonline@gmail.com Sacramento Paranormal Haunted Hotline: 916 203 7503 VIDEOS OF THE SONORA INVESTIGATION ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE. Before I get into our investigation in Sonora, CA, let me first tell you about a paranormal hotline call that I

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

 

Degrees Farenheit

60 California residents put on sweaters (if they can find one) 50 Miami residents turn on the heat 45 Vermont residents go to outdoor concerts 40 You can see your breath California residents shiver uncontrollably Minnesota residents go swimming 35 Italian cars don't start 32 Water freezes 30 You plan your vacation to Australia 25 Ohio water freezes California residents weep Minnesota residents eat ice cream Canadians go swimming

tcgram

tcgram

 

7 Heavens

7 Heavens By Deanna Jaxine Stinson aka Wish Fire Halo Paranormal Investigations www.cryptic916.com/ Sacramento Paranormal Help www.facebook.com/HaloParanormalInvestigations/ Email: jazmaonline@gmail.com Sacramento Paranormal Haunted Hotline: 916 203 7503   The spirit of Heaven is happiness. This feeling is an eternal nirvana which one is healthiest and safest in. The lengths that one would go to achieve this is like a very sacred journey. Some will never achieve

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

 

North Highlands Haunting

North Highlands Haunting By Paul Dale Roberts aka The Demon Warrior Halo Paranormal Investigations www.cryptic916.com/ Sacramento Paranormal Help www.facebook.com/HaloParanormalInvestigations/ Email: jazmaonline@gmail.com Sacramento Paranormal Haunted Hotline: 916 203 7503 My son Jason Randall Porter with the Birdman! A 2007 PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION As I left my home, I threw on the X-Files theme song, because I knew I was headed for a ghost hunt. This time around I engaged my

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

Just Prayer

Just Prayer

Just pray   Prayer brings us to the moment, we learn, perhaps slowly, that all we need do is wait, to let go of worries, but just be,   it is then that we discover our depths, and from there, we find our roots that keep us united to Christ Jesus.   All who pray are united, before God we are all loved, just pray, all faiths and religions may never agree, yet in prayer, we have one heart for God,   One thirst for love and justice, and we learn also to pray for mercy for ourselves

markdohle

markdohle

 

Some Bullies Never Learn, Oddly Enough

When I was in high school, their were some students who liked bullying others, unfortunately. Their was one youth, who was sort of a big kid, who liked messing with people every so often. Well one day he came up with the brilliant idea of messing with one of the biggest and strongest kids in school.   He paid for it, as he really got pummeled. But then just a few months later, he started messing with a friend of mine, who was sort of a muscular kid himself. It's like hel

MainerMikeBrown

MainerMikeBrown

The ripple effect of mental illness

The ripple effect of mental illness

The ripple effect of mental illness Mental illness leaves a huge legacy, not just for the person suffering it but for those around them. I do believe that mental health is iffy for human beings. There are moments, or hours when any one of us can actually become so out of touch with reality that we could become dangerous. Extreme emotions, rage, for instance, can lead otherwise ‘normal’ people into doing acts that ruin both their lives and those that they deal with. Our news seems to be f

markdohle

markdohle

How I understand New Year's

How I understand New Year's

How I understand New Year's I have always wondered about all the fuss about New Year's Eve. As I age I am beginning to understand a little bit more. At rock-bottom, it is about the desire to let go of the past, find healing, and begin again. It is about mercy, compassion, though I believe that this hope is often unconscious, Yet, we can be driven by the past, making the same mistakes, until we learn to embrace mercy, from God, from others, and in the end, to have mercy on ourselves as well. Wh

markdohle

markdohle

Driving Br. Justin

Driving Br. Justin

Driving Br. Justin (Justin on to right-hand corner)   (Br. Justin top right)   People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”   ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross   I was asked to drive Br. Justin into town for an eye appointment on Friday. It was in Duluth, a town that is about 45 minutes away from the Monastery. His appointment was at 11:20, so while there was a

markdohle

markdohle

 

The Abusive Ghosts

The Abusive Ghosts By Paul Dale Roberts aka The Demon Warrior Halo Paranormal Investigations www.cryptic916.com/ Sacramento Paranormal Help www.facebook.com/HaloParanormalInvestigations/ Email: jazmaonline@gmail.com Sacramento Paranormal Haunted Hotline: 916 203 7503 Date to be there: December 28, 2019. Time to be there: 3pm. Case Number: 9Y163H2049E68. Contact person: Missy. Her message:  "Hello, my name is Marissa Simons but I go as, Missy. I have discovered that I am

pauldaleroberts

pauldaleroberts

Heart of Stone(S)

Heart of Stone(S)

Heart of Stone (s) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26) I do believe that friendships between men and women are very important.  In my own life, women who have become friends with me, have always been a help in my own ongoing conversion.  For the most part they can see into me, some of my inner workings that men will often miss.  Yes, women can become a goad (in the best sense of the

markdohle

markdohle

Christmas Day Homily by Fr. Cassian OCSO

Christmas Day Homily by Fr. Cassian OCSO

Christmas Day Homily Fr. Cassian OCSO   This is a homily preached on Chrismas day by our Fr. Cassian. He is a good speaker, and always shares something that is worth pondering. At this time I am using it for my Lectio in the mourning.--Br.Md   Homily Preached December 25, 2019    Merry Christmas! On behalf of our abbot, Dom Augustine, and all the monks, I wish you all a most blessed Christmas season. This day is a wonderful day, so great a day that our Church presents us with multiple Ma

markdohle

markdohle