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Powerfull Illusions

Powerfull Illusions

Powerful Illusions “Through my rising from the dead, offer the resurrection of your own body at the general resurrection. Offer the resurrection of each member of your family, of all those who have passed before you and those who will outlive you, and of all the people you have ever known—all of them. Let them be like a procession around my resurrection for the glory of God the Father.”     Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 1341-1344). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition

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Two Kinds of Scandals

Two Kinds of Scandals

Two kinds of scandals   "Each soul is the object of My special love. That is why I am so grateful to those who are resourceful and bringing back sinners to Me. Keep this in mind then. I gave My life for them in the most atrocious torture, for these poor beloved ones. A humble repentance and they are already on My heart. So speak gently to them. Speak with tenderness. A brusque remark could drive them farther away. ---He and I March 6th 1947 +++++   Some people have a hard time unders

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True Judgement

True Judgement

True judgment   If I do something wrong and am judged on my ‘sin’, I have no recourse since it is true. Of course in the human situation, we have to put up safeguards because when we judge it can be faulty or simply wrong. So we have the concept “beyond reasonable doubt”. When humans judge, in court or otherwise it is hard to pinpoint the actual truth of the matter.   Before God, judgment coincides with absolute truth, there is no need for “the beyond reasonable doubt” clause. Infinite Trut

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Changing Moods

Changing Moods

Changing Moods   Our ever-changing moods teach us to be centered and to be responsible in how we treat others, that is how we grow-Br.MD

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Death of a classmate

Death of a classmate

Death of a classmate   Just read about the death of another classmate. His name was Bill Baldwin. I did not know him very well. I guess during my entire time at Cristobal High we may have interacted twice. So like many classmates, he is more or less a stranger. However, I do feel a deep connection with those I graduated with. Over the years I still think of them, even if I do not have any kind of personal connection. Unless prayer is considered a form of being with. So when I hear of a death,

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Another way

Another way

Another way   In the adversities that I experience, I remind myself that the time or doing battle has not yet come to an end. I arm myself with patience, and in this way I defeat my assailant. ---Faustina’s diary 509 ++++++++++   In dealing with life patience is very important. Many do not understand how one-sided we can be in dealing with the world. It is easy to react but that will often cause more problems than actually helping. We can be more driven by our past than we realize, some to

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Retreat house May Newsletter

Retreat house May Newsletter

MAY 2021 Monastery Retreat House Newsletter   Hello My Friends,     Time is going by so fast, that it feels like I am writing a newsletter every week. We cannot slow it down, so might as well enjoy the ride, no matter how fast it seems to be going by.   The community is doing well. Everyone in the infirmary is still trucking along. Fr. Tom Francis is a real inspiration to the community, who at 92 is still going to every office, and eating the communal meal with the monks. He tells me tha

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Release of pain

Release of pain

Release of pain Letting go of judging others who are different is the release of a great deal of pain and anxiety.-BrMD

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Praying for the dying

Praying for the dying

Praying for the dying My union with the dying is still as close as ever. Oh, how incomprehensible is God’s mercy that the Lord allows me, by my unworthy prayer, to come to the aid of the dying. I try to be at the side of every dying person whenever I can. Have confidence in God, for He is good and inconceivable. His mercy surpasses our understanding: Divine Mercy Diary 880 ++++++++++ The ‘Chaplet of Mercy’ is a very popular prayer at this time. It is easy to see why this is so since when

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Prayer of Exhaustion

Prayer of Exhaustion

Prayer of Exhaustion   I am often tired or even exhausted. I have always been low energy in many ways. I have never really understood it. Even when young and in good shape, I would find myself drained to the point that I could hardly bear it. As I age it is the same, possibly a little worse but not much. So now I have what I call the prayer of exhaustion. I may try to read when I feel that way but for the most part, I just sit with it and that ‘lack-of-energy’ simply becomes my prayer. I sit w

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Intimacy of Christ Jesus

Intimacy of Christ Jesus

Intimacy of Christ Jesus “In the Host, My heart is beating as it did on earth, as it does in heaven. There are not many hearts of Christ. There is only one.” (He and I by Gabrielle Bossis) Pauline books For Roman Catholics, the Eucharist is the center point of our lives. Christ Jesus, present fully in the Eucharist. Today for many, that is still a scandal, it is too intimate to comprehend and perhaps for many something fearful. Unconditional love is longed for and feared by our species. Fo

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A Healing Balm

A Healing Balm

A Healing Balm   Listening to another is often a healing balm in a world of misunderstanding and judgement-Br.MD

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Struggle, failure, grace

Struggle, failure, grace

Struggle, failure, grace In our struggles, we wake up to choice, in failure, we grow in trust, in growth we see grace at work, giving thanks-Br.MD

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Prayer is the doorway

Prayer is the doorway

Prayer is the doorway   The human heart is often divided, wounded, angry, fearful. Grace slowly heals, prayer is the doorway for inner freedom-Br.MD

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This is our lot

This is our lot

This is our lot In strength or weakness, fullness and emptiness, this is our lot, but God is always YES our strength in our weakness-BrMD

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Mercy Sunday

Mercy Sunday

MERCY SUNDAY The receiving and giving love and mercy   We love always to our fullest capacity. Though at first, it may be hesitant and fearful, to open up to love takes courage. We also love out of need and of course instinct. However, as we mature and our ability to have an open heart develops, we can slowly learn to love others for themselves alone; as rare as that may be. This week in the Catholic liturgy we celebrate ‘Mercy Sunday’. A feast that focuses on the depth of God’s love for us

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Release

Release

Release   Trust in God allows hope to flourish in the darkest of circumstances; a path, freely chosen, a release from self-absorption-BrMD

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Labeling

Labeling

Labeling Labeling allows us to disregard the humanity of those, we fear or hate. Freeing us from our shared humanity and suffering-Br.MD

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Living in Trust

Living in Trust

Living In Trust Trust in God is to be lived, it is a choice, not always easy but the only way to deep intimacy with God is to let go of fear-Br.MD

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Human Relationship

Human Relationship

Human Relationships   I believe that one reason that human relationships can be so frustrating is because we unconsciously seek a finite relationship to satisfy the need for the Infinite. The human journey is a difficult one. The further we go from the center, I believe the more chaotic it gets. This is not about ‘religion’, but about a deep spirituality that allows one to live out of one's tradition in a life-giving way for oneself as well as for others.--Br.MD

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Life at the Monastery(April)  Newsletter)

Life at the Monastery(April) Newsletter)

Monastery Retreat House Newsletter April 2021   Life at the Monastery   “Rest is in Him alone. Man knows no peace in the world; but he has no disturbance when he is with God.” ― Bernard of Clairvaux, On Loving God   Hello My Friends,   I would like to wish you all a blessed Easter, from everyone here at the Monastery!   This is the time of year to really spend some time pondering, about what Easter really means to us as Christians. As Jesus went through Holy Week, it was an exper

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Easter 2021

Easter 2021

Easter 2021   We have our Easter Vigil at 4:20 AM.  Before the pandemic, we would have around 150 people come for our Vigil service at that time.  For the last two Easter’s, we have done it without guest.  The experience is two-sided.   We miss the guest and will be glad when we can have them back.  It is also nice to be by ourselves for the first time, well, ever.  Next year, the chances are that we will have friends, our very good friends, back with us. The lighting of the ‘fire’ is a hig

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Holy Saturday I broke th cycle of death

Holy Saturday I broke th cycle of death

Holy Saturday   I broke the cycle of evil and death   Yes, my child, as you sit with me in my tomb, you experience the coldness of death, the emptiness left when life is poured out, it was a horror for me, it was not pretended, for I took it all on out of love, all the deaths of all my children throughout time, and still, carry that within my heart, for love never forgets, and is stronger than death.   My death seems to be the end, yet in my sufferings, like in death, I took on

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