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We can entrust ourselves to God’s love at any

We can entrust ourselves to God’s love at any time “So many souls make little or no progress in the holiness that I desire for them because they do not trust in My grace. They attempt to change themselves by making use of purely human means and forget that I am all-powerful, all-merciful, and ready at every moment to heal and sanctify those who entrust themselves, with their weaknesses and sins, to My most loving Heart. I do not ask for perfection from those whom I have chosen to be My friends

markdohle

markdohle

 

We can drown

Truth seems to be owned by everyone, or so it is lived out. Something inward, subjective, ones own against all others. What is thought…. is truth, or what is perceived, is obvious, Ones religion, political party, or lack of, both are embraced tightly, A fortress against all others who dare to think or believe otherwise. God is like a spider living in the corner of one’s bedroom, Small, figured out, books used to buttress ones position, Holy writ, philosophers, men of science, used

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markdohle

 

We can drown

We can drown Truth seems to be owned by everyone, or so it is lived out. Something inward, subjective, ones own against all others. What is thought…. is truth, or what is perceived, is obvious, Ones religion, political party, or lack of, both are embraced tightly, A fortress against all others who dare to think or believe otherwise. God is like a spider living in the corner of one’s bedroom, Small, figured out, books used to buttress ones position, Holy writ, philosophers, men of

markdohle

markdohle

 

We can all be channels of God’s love as revea

We can all be channels of God’s love as revealed in Christ Jesus. “Never think that your imperfections and failures are, in any way, an impediment to the work of My merciful love in your soul. You have only to give them to Me with confidence  and they are consumed in the blaze of My Heart’s love for you. When I ask certain things of you,  it is not to burden you, but to offer you a sure way of obtaining the support of My grace.”  In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart --The Journal

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markdohle

 

We are them

Alone in a crowd The longing to be seen But passed by Over looked As if Not there Of no worth Nothing to share To say Or show.

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markdohle

 

We are the enemy

We are the enemy People will often say that they don’t care if there is an afterlife or not. Or that they are not afraid of death. Well we are either alive or dead, death for the body is painless, but the process of dying often is not. Even if death itself is without pain, it is the anticipation of dying that causes suffering and anxiety. Death and what happens when we die is an important question. I think it foolish for people to spend their lives and to never think about their ending

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markdohle

 

We are pilgrims after all

We are pilgrims after all Truth is not a commodity, something I have and no else does.  Truth is like love, we can embrace it according to what we are capable of.  When we seek to love God or to embark on seeking truth, it is then the seed sprouts and grace begins to do its work.  To judge others according to our own ‘narrow’ understanding of this world and how God relates to each human being is extremely self- centered.  Judgment of others puts us in the place of God.  I find it interestin

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We are Pilgrims (notes for grief retreat)

We are Pilgrims (notes for grief retreat this weekend) One day we will find ourselves in a deep dark woods, along and bereft.   One of the hardest lessons to get is that one of the central aspects of being human is that we are in fact pilgrims.  We are on a journey, a very difficult one with many painful as well as joyful experiences along the way.  We gain and we lose, we rejoice and we experience sorrow, health and sickness, we lose our youth, all of these can bring us to a point o

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markdohle

 

We are pilgrilms on the way

We are pilgrims on the way A winding down is our lives; roots deepen as the limbs and foliage slowly wear down and are let go of; our vitality and beauty traded for something else; a look of being worn out from the journey, seeing the end but still taking that one step, then another, until no steps are possible, then perhaps there is waiting, just being, even if it can be a painful process, so much in life is filled with hurting, yet we just take that step, whether it is an outer mo

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We are not too rational

We are not too rational As a species, I believe we have to struggle to be rational and objective. People may fear to approach someone who is homeless, or even to attempt to help them because they fear that the person may be mentally ill and dangerous (which can be true at times)…. or that they will simply use the money they give them for destructive purposes. Then on the other hand, while driving, if someone cuts them off, they may without a second thought beep their horn, use aggressi

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markdohle

 

We are not to judge, we are to heal, lift up and love

We are not to judge, we are to heal, lift up and love “When God comes, he always calls us out of our house. We are visited so that we can visit others; we are encountered so as to encounter others; we receive love in order to give love.” --Pope Francis When Jesus healed it was always a call to renter society, to not withdraw out of fear but to seek to share their healing. No matter where one lives, in a city, a small town, on a farm, or in a Monastery, others will be encounter

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We are not just one of many

We are not just one of many He and I retreat 5-7 August 2016 “Don’t you believe that when you pray I listen to you, and that I love you?  Pray, believing and loving.  Adore and give thanks.  Humbly adore, trustfully adore, with faith in Me, the all-powerful one.  Adore, while you are loving Me” He and I message (4/16/39)   published by Pauline press ++++++++++ One of the struggles of living a life of prayer is that it can become perfunctory, or perhaps mindless is a bett

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We are not good, we struggle to be good

We are not good, we struggle to be good This morning I had an interesting conversation with one of our employees about his dad.  He told me that his dad would often talk to him about the struggle with good and evil.  Even when his dad was in his late 80’s he would speak about his inner struggle which even at his extreme old age it still went on.  He told his son that every morning when he got up he would make sure that some doors in his mind were opened and others remained shut.  I fo

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We are meant to listen

We are meant to listen If there is not a a relationship with the more irrational and instinctive sides of the self; a relationship that is not based on fear or self contempt, then that which is feared and hated will scream until heard, often after some event that happens to get our attention. We are meant to listen with compassion to our inner pains, angers and desires, as if they were little children trying to get our attention

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markdohle

 

We are meant to breathe

We are meant to breathe Those people who seek to understand ‘life’. The ‘why’ of it? The ‘reason’ we are here? Can come across as depressing too many, who don’t understand why numerous people seem compelled to dig deeper into the inscrutability of their lives. While it is true that everyone accepts that our lives are short, that time seems to be faster than our 60 minute hour seems to tell us, yet after this is said, it is buried under other endeavors. At times to actually understand how

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We are made of fire

We are made of fire The inner life is like the weather. Or like the Atlantic Ocean. Weather changes for there are storms, rain, bright lightning and loud thunder and snow and hail. Then there is spring, sunshine, summer, grinding heat and fall and winter. Constant flux seems to be the only steady-state in our inner lives. Sometimes the waves can be very large and we get overturned, but we can always swim back to the surface and keep swimming or find a plank to cling to. There is some

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markdohle

 

We are known, there is nothing to fear

We are known, there is nothing to fear Dear children! I am thanking God for each of you. In a special way, little children, thank you for having responded to my call. I am preparing you for the new times that you may be firm in faith and persevering in prayer, so that the Holy Spirit may work through you and renew the face of the earth. I am praying with you for peace which is the most precious gift, even though Satan wants war and hatred. You, little children, be my extended hands and p

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We are in relationship with the Eternal One

We are in relationship with the Eternal One The dignity of the human person is a transcendent value, always recognized as such by those who sincerely search for the truth. Indeed, the whole of human history should be interpreted in the light of this certainty. Every person, created in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gn 1:26 28), is therefore radically oriented towards the Creator, and is constantly in relationship with those possessed of the same dignity. To promote the good of the in

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We are held in the palm of God's hand

We are all held in the palm of God’s hand 1488: (You see, my child, what you are of yourself. The cause of your falls is that you rely too much upon yourself and too little on me. But let this not sadden you so much. You are dealing with the God of mercy, which your misery cannot exhaust. Remember, I did not allot only a certain number of pardons.). (Diary of Sister Faustina, conversations with souls 1485-1489) How deep is our capacity to receive mercy? The same question can be said

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We are freer than we know

We are freer than we know, but in ways that we may not understand “Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God. Little children, trials will come and you will not be strong, and sin will reign but, if you are mine, you will win, because your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus. Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

markdohle

markdohle

 

We are driven irrational creatures (this is probably a rant)

We are driven irrational creatures (this is probably a rant) We don't look at problems logically, we look at them emotionally. We look at them through the guts. We look at them as if we're doing a high school problem, like what is beautiful, what makes me recognized among my peers. We don't go and think about things. We, as a society, don't wish to engage in rational thought. Sebastian Thrun To love others, our enemies, to show mercy, seems sentimental and weak to many, yet I belie

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markdohle

 

We are children in some ways

We are children in some ways I believe we are children in some ways. Or we lost it and need to get it back. Faith is not a relief from the struggle of all the 'why's' of life, it does however give some kind of path that actually gets more opaque as one travels down it. None of our pious ideas come true, we are not protected from whatever happens, bad things, good things, love or hatred.....they happen. Perhaps down deep it is our reactions that allow us to return to a childlike position

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markdohle

We are called to share, not force change

We are called to share, not force change

We are called to share, not force change   We are living in a time of 'endings'. Structures are falling, perhaps even some structures in the Catholic Church. I believe we must speak the truth without worrying about convincing. When we do not do that it leads to arguments, which is not really communication. We all plant seeds, and we receive seeds that if we allowed them to grow could be harmful, others leading to new life.   When we speak truth calmly, understanding

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markdohle

 

We are called to mercy

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 holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.( 1st Peter 13-15) +++++ In Christianity we are called upon to put on Christ Jesus. St.

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markdohle

 

We are called to love beyond family

We are called to love beyond family   When anger, contempt and stereotyping are in play, it can act as a wall of protection from seeing ourselves in others, in their pain, isolation and their many forms of suffering. It lessens our own humanity, for si n is a way that is used to escape the most central truth of life….that others for us, especially those we do not identify with, those with which we have a natural antipathy towards, are in fact for us an encounter with Christ Jesus. For me, it is

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