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There are two camps, we must choose

There are two camps, we must choose     “Love is not selfish. Love never calculates. It hastens to help. In heaven there is nothing but love. And I bring it to the earth, whereas the Evil one sows hatred. There are two camps—choose. And if you choose love, don’t remain shy and on the outskirts, as it were. Enter into the arena with the strong ones. Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 3635-3637). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.| ++++++++++ “Wetiko”, is a Native-Ame

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The Call to Become More Human

The Call to Become More Human   “See Me in everything, for I am everywhere for all of you. . . . Oh, that look of yours that I love: you understand? It’s like a declaration of love from you, as though you gave Me a little of your soul. And I take it right away, carefully watching for a chance to pick you up like a collector of works of art who jealously hides his discoveries so that no one may steal them from him.   Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 3285-3288). Pauline Books and

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Invisible

Invisible   If we think of ourselves as an introvert or an extrovert it does not really matter. In the end, we are all inward beings with a deep, rich, painful, and complex life that is hidden from those around us. The most outgoing of people interpret, react, and speak from their inner core. Our perspective is unique to each individual and the only way this can often be communicated is through words. Though I believe the bulk of our communication is non-verbal, yet without speech and the abil

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A Sense of Humor in Prayer

A Sense of Humor, and Prayer   About 5 years ago, I was talking to a small group of visitors about prayer. As we were talking one of the men in the group asked me for help in not giving up when praying. So I said something not thought about often when prayer is discussed, which is the importance of having a good sense of humor.   To live a disciplined prayer is not always easy. Prayer is stress-free when we are relaxed, not sleepy, focused, and in a state of consolation. Yet there are days w

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Religious and Political Arrogance and Conceit

Religious and Political Arrogance and Conceit   It is amazing how many people have the truth! Also how many trying to convince everyone else that they are wrong. Religious people have a tendency to believe that they are of the elect, and those who disagree with them, well, are not, and are dammed. In fact, if you are a Christian and belong to a denomination, or to an independent church, or just pray and worship at home, I can wager that in some Christian’s eyes, you are not of the elect, and a

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A Woman and Three Children Living in Her Car

A Woman and Three Children Living in Her Car   Most people never really sat down and got to know a homeless person but every homeless person is just a real person that was created by God and it is the same kind of different as us; they just have a different story. – Ron Hall   ++++++++++   I go through periods in my life, where the reality of the depth of suffering that mankind goes through, seems to almost be the only reality. That this world is a sort of hell, and we are imprisoned here

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Church and State Kirill and Putin

Church and State Kirill and Putin   Marco and I have been friends for a long time. I have a deep respect for him. He wanted me to share what I thought about the relationship that  Krill has with Putin. In other words, the church and state problem, and question. Below is something simple that I wrote on the subject. –Br.MD   ++++++++++   When a government and the church become one, there is only trouble brewing. In a church that is either run by the state or works as an equal partner wit

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Mercy Sunday 2022

Mercy Sunday 2022 The Spirit of the Risen Christ casts out fear from the hearts of the apostles and pushes them out of the Upper Room, to bring the Gospel. We also must have more courage to witness to faith in the Risen Christ! Let us not be afraid to be Christian and live as Christians! We must have the courage to go out and proclaim Christ the Risen Lord, for he is our peace. "Trusting in the mercy of the Lord forever, because he is waiting for us, he loves us." Pope Francis +++++++++ It

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Letter to a prisoner

Letter to a prisoner   Occasionally I like to share one of my letters to a prisoner. Over the years I have written quite a few. For the most part, the experience has been good and enriching, and I have learned a lot from the men I have written to. Below is one such letter. I would like to encourage anyone who may want to write a prisoner, to do so. Yes, one has to be careful. Yet some prisoners are sincere for just wanting to write someone, and many have found faith in prison. Most of the men

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Monastery Easter Vigil 2022

Monastery Easter Vigil 2022 The Easter Vigil like last year was private. For us, we have our Vigil at 4:30 in the morning. We start in our Cloister Garden, meeting in the middle. We have one of the monks make space for a large fire, for the lighting of the Candle. I went out into the Cloister Garden a little early. The sky was not completely clear, but the full moon could easily be seen. It was very bright and beautiful. It was very quiet, and dark, and there were three other monks als

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Holy Saturday 2022

Holy Saturday 2022   The silence of the tomb, with its coldness and emptiness points to nothingness.   Jesus’ body cold, empty, rest on the stone slab, alone, as we all are in death.   Evil won it seemed, an innocent betrayed, abandoned by his followers, denied by the one picked to lead, yes, it was over, evil won.   Yet in prayer, we wait, our churches empty of the Eucharistic presence,   Let us wait for the dawn and see what that brings!-Br.MD

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Palm Sunday 2022

Palm Sunday   “We see this in the folly of war, where Christ is crucified yet another time,” the pope underlined. “Christ is once more nailed to the Cross in mothers who mourn the unjust death of husbands and sons. He is crucified in refugees who flee from bombs with children in their arms. He is crucified in the elderly left alone to die; in young people deprived of a future; in soldiers sent to kill their brothers and sisters. “Pope Francis, Palm Sunday 2022    ++++++++++    It is th

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Creativity and the Rosary

Creativity and the Rosary   A quote from Pope Francis:   "The prayer of the rosary is, in many ways, the synthesis of the history of God's mercy, which becomes a history of salvation for all who let themselves be shaped by grace. The mysteries we have contemplated are concrete events by which God’s intervention on our behalf develops. Through prayer and meditation on the life of Jesus Christ, we see once more His merciful countenance, which he shows to everyone in all the many needs of life.

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Hearing the Voice​

Hearing the Voice   We all listen to a central voice. It may not always be conscious, but we are all led in one way or another. The ‘voice’ of one's culture, political party, or faith can have a powerful hold on people. All can be destructive as can be attested to by observing the world around us, through our ability to communicate almost instantly. We can be overwhelmed by so many voices trying to get our attention. Yet we each at a very deep level do listen to one voice. How we live our life

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Woman Caught in Adultery

Woman Caught in Adultery   They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” John: 8:7 The powerful episode of the “Woman Caught in Adultery”, like much of the scriptures can be looked at from many different levels and perspectives. The situation for the woman must have been terrifying, as well as humiliating. To be brought out in public and made a spectacle, a laughingstock is probably one of the d

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A trip to Piedmont Hospital​

A trip to Piedmont Hospital Yesterday I took one of the monks to Piedmont Hospital for an outpatient procedure. It can be a difficult drive since it is smack in the middle of Atlanta, about a mile from downtown. His appointment was at 7:30, so we left at six. It was also windy and rainy, so I expected a difficult drive. Happy to say, I was wrong, it was one of the best drives I have had going into the city during rush hour traffic, which can begin very early here. Piedmont is a very nice

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There is no one ourside of God's mercy

There is no one on this earth that is beyond the mercy of God   “How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless an

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Loss and anger and life is not a maze but a Labyrinth (

Loss and anger and life is not a maze but a Labyrinth (The more useless skin we shed, the freer we become)   I find myself very angry with John, a good friend who died unexpectedly and I believe uselessly. I believe that I barely see it, or feel it, yet I experience its power deep within. Like a deep wound covered over by a lot of scabs. A painful image, yet one that shows that deep pain can be there, doing its work, without me being all that aware of it. Perhaps the anger that I feel, is som

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Jesus taught and shows us how to pray

Jesus taught and shows us how to pray   “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 NIV   ++++++++++   People will often ask me after quoting from Matt 7:7-8, why their prayers are not answered. There are no simple answers to that question. For instance: “The prayer was not answered because you lacked faith, or d

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Thoughts on the book “The Great Divorce”

Thoughts on the book “The Great Divorce” By C.S. Lewis (Not a book review)   C.S. Lewis thought that hell was in the minds of those who are there, while heaven is actual reality since it is union with God. Many atheists say they are realists, I guess that means that those who believe in the Transcendent are not. I think it is a silly notion, to call oneself a realist. Actual reality, the understanding of what reality is all about is something each is trying to seek, but never really finds.

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The Rosary of Divine Mercy

The Rosary of Divine Mercy   “‘I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment, mercy was open wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking;  it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.’” Divine

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The depths of the Holy Rosary

The depths of the Holy Rosary When praying the Rosary we bring with us all of mankind. Every man, woman, and child, past present, and future. In saying the Hail Mary, we ask The Blessed Mother to join us in our desire to reach the hearts of everyone. All prayer is heard, all are answered in God's own way and time. The Our Father reminds us that Jesus came to reveal His nature which is infinite love and compassion. Again, it is a universal prayer for all. To pray the Our Father with faith

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A deeply relevant talk by Jordan Peterson

A deeply relevant talk by Jordan Peterson   I think this video explains well the process of self-knowledge, and how difficult a path it actually is to take. It makes me also understand better, the understanding of a place after death for what is often called purification, the church calls it purgative, a part of our journey that has to be taken, either now, or after death. Healing is not easy, but necessary. This is well worth watching I believe.   The healing that comes from mercy can only

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The Cosmic Battle So-Called

The Cosmic Battle So-Called     Lord,   I am not sure I have ever done lent well, or correctly, though I have the desire.     How I fight change, the shedding needed to grow new skin, more supple and open to your infinite light.     Sometimes I feel like I am under a rock, not wanting to step into the all-revealing light, yet you prod, push, cajole, and won’t let go, of that I am thankful.     For my fear is automatic, my inner walls built before I could reason, only you s

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