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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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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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We are called to incarnate Jesus Christ

We are called to incarnate Jesus Christ

We are called to incarnate Jesus Christ in the world March 6—After Communion. . . . “Your body belongs to Me. Take care of it because it is Mine. Do your work because it is My work. Rest, to rest Me. And when you speak to your neighbor, that is My public life. Kindle Location 1956). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.   The present situation for Catholics with not being able to go to Mass and to receive the Eucharist is painful for those who are devout and have an understanding o

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We are called to endurance and faith

We are called to endurance and faith  “I passed the time on earth, rejoiced, suffered and patiently endured pains, until my Son, in all His glory, removed them.” (March 18, 2017 Special Message from Our Lady to Mirjana All we have is today, and all we need do is to get through it, as we have every day of our lives.  Things can fall apart, the center will not hold, and it can seem like hell on earth on some days.  The Blessed Mother is letting us know that she like us went through such

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We are called

We are called Years ago I saw a woman with red hair and green eyes, she was tall and had on a dark green dress, her long hair sweeping to her shoulders and oh so graceful as she walked in front of my car, I stared, awed at such beauty, she looked over at me, blushed and smiled, her modesty making her even more alluring, I was unmade by beauty in that moment, perhaps a little sight into the wonder of God, that is experienced in all beauty. A simple smile, an old face wrinkled yet fill

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We are blessed to receive (those who come to our retreat house)

We are blessed to receive (those who come to our retreat house) It was a busy weekend at the retreat house. Most weekends are. The people that come here are such a gift to our community. Some only come once, others come often, all have something important that they bring here. I don’t of course meet most of them on a one to one, but in all of them I see people who are seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with the Infinite. Most are Christian from divers

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We are allowed to go our own way

We are allowed to go our own way There is a woman I know that is doing a very brave thing. She is going to give a presentation to a group of women about her journey of faith. It is an honest account, rubber to the road sort of rendering. Honest, humble, filled with faith in God, as well as a deep self knowledge that allows her to understand her need for grace. By her childlike trust in the group, she shares how her faith has led her to embrace life and to always say yes, to an ever dee

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We are all teachers

We pass each other every day, Nodding and smiling Then forgetting the face of the one just pasted. Like a river people come into our lives, Some part and flow around us Others come ashore in one way or another. Some to bring joy into our lives, Others sorrow, Still a few to bring great suffering, Teaching us how to deal with anger; Resentment with it unrelenting pain, Grabbing by the neck and shaking without mercy Until the lesson learned and the cycle broken. Each leav

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We are all teachers

We are all teachers We pass each other every day, Nodding and smiling Then forgetting the face of the one just past. Like a river people come into our lives, Some part and flow around us Others come ashore in one way or another. Some to bring joy into our lives, Others sorrow, Still a few to bring great suffering, Teaching us how to deal with anger; Resentment with its unrelenting pain, Grabbing by the neck and shaking without mercy Until the lesson learned and the cycle broken. Ea

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We are all teachers

We are all teachers We pass each other every day, Nodding and smiling Then forgetting the face of the one just past. Like a river people come into our lives, Some part and flow around us, Others come ashore in one way or another. Some to bring joy into our lives, Others sorrow, Still a few to bring great suffering, Teaching us how to deal with anger; Resentment with its unrelenting pain, Grabbing by the neck and shaking without mercy Until the lesson learned and the cycle broken. E

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We are all called to carry and pass on the fl

We are all called to carry and pass on the flame (Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple) This then is the message which we have  heard from Him and declare unto you: that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.—1 John 1:5   This morning as I was going into our church for Vigils (our 4 AM Divine Office) the church was aglow with the gentle light of candles.  In front of our podium there were six large candles and on our window ledges, there was one small candle per win

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We are all 'thou'

We are all 'thou' Through the Thou a person becomes I.---Martin Buber When we truly love another, or ‘see’ them they are no longer ‘other’ but another self, they become ‘thou’. When we understand the deep mystery of those we meet, we are incapable of using or abusing them. To see another as ‘thou’ breaks down all stereotypes and heals unconscious prejudices and even heals bigotry. God is love, we are all ‘thou’ before God.Br.Md

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We always have good reasons for what ‘must’ be done

We always have good reasons for what ‘must’ be done “Jesus also weeps today, because we have preferred the path of war, the path of hatred, the path of enmity. Christmas is approaching: there will be lights, there will be celebrations, lighted trees and manger scenes … all bedecked: as the world continues to wage war. The world has not understood the things that make for peace.” ---Pope Francis It is well known that each generation makes the same mistakes. We all say we want

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We all plant seeds in hearts of those we meet

We all plant seeds in hearts of those we meet Quoting scripture can be a good and helpful when discussing ones path with someone else. If the sharing is friendly and not contentious then scripture can be used to make a point. If quotes are done in anger, is anything gained? Anger focuses the mind, narrowing its focal point and in that the discussion is lost. Anger can be fed either by fear or anxiety; it is a way to protect oneself from other points of view. Or it frees us from looking

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We all mourn in our own way

We all mourn in our own way When someone dies that is known, when contact was on a daily basis, their passing can’t be ignored, for the space once filled both in the inner and outer world is now empty and cold. I mourn in my own way, no tears, just an inner quiet calm, unpleasant, that is in fact sadness for one lost. I don’t think I will ever get used to it, this inner state, but it is life after all, better to mourn even if I do it poorly, than to not mourn at all.

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We all have those moments

We all have those moments (one moment from Panama) All kinds of funny things can happen to us. When they happen they can be embarrassing. Like the time I got mustard in my beard in a restaurant. I tried to wipe it, it spread, I went to the ‘rest room’ to clean it, and it only made my beard more yellow and of course the spot become a big smudge. The staff was amused with it so I decided (what else could I do) to laugh with them. Though now, I don’t use so much mustard when I am out

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We all have our path, we can’t be spared it

We all have our path, we can’t be spared it We are having a college group here this week in our retreat house. One of the teachers at the college brings out a group once a year. This is her sixth year. Since I am new at the job this is my first introduction to the group. Of course each year the people change. Fr. James and I were asked to be present to either give a talk, or to answer questions. Being 66 years old, they were all young enough to be a grandchild of mine. Their parents

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Water to the body is like prayer to the soul

Water to the body is like prayer to the soul The soul truly blossoms when one prays for it is then that we connect with the Lord of life. To lift up ones heart to God becomes something that we do because it is then that we touch the living waters. We respond to an invitation to enter into relationship. As we age, we begin to see deep changes that flow from God’s free gift of grace, which is his love. Prayer allows us to grow in self awareness and in that to be more aware of the depth of

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Wanting to eat bear

Wanting to eat bear I woke up this morning wanting to eat-bear; I was in a mood. I believe that moods can come from different places and often I have no idea from which place. There are times when a mood sits, comes up from the depths and the actual source may be something from the far past that colors the present. When that happens I look for a lighting rod that I can be like the god Zeus and throw a well aimed bolt. Of course that will not work, not being a god of any sort, and reall

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Walls

This is a beautiful essay by my good friend Fr. James, who has been a monk here since 1994.  His insights and poetic prose make him a popular writer.  He is the author of a number of books. Not only is Fr. James a gifted writer but he is also a very good photographer.  Below is his book on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Portraits-Grace-Images-Monastery-Spirit/dp/0879463341/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510065926&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=James+B+ehrens Walls “

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Walking through the storm

Walking through the storm My inner life can often be fearful emotions strong like high ocean waves rising and falling seeking to drown me so I cling to whatever I can find. Like Peter I am asked to take the Lord’s hand, to look to him and not mind the storm, a sure rock from which to stand and begin the walk with Jesus through the din. Storms come and they go, high waves give in to calm seas, dark clouds and winds so strong become sunlight and gentle breeze, then again the inner ch

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Walking the last mile

Walking the last mile (an experience at the Atlanta VA) He walked into the waiting room leaning on his cane, a small man, thin and looked very ill. With him was a young woman in her early twenties. He had a beard, well trimmed and in the beginnings of starting to get long. Unlike mine, which is just long and untrimmed; just the way I like it. He had a very gentle smile and the young lady with him was very attentive. We were called back at the same time to get our CT scans. The bearded ma

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Walking on the waves

Walking on the waves   Oh Lord, I dive into mercy, my sins, wounds, and raging emotions burned away by your loving gaze. I look to you, Lord, walking on the water in my inner storm, I look to you upon the waves taking one step at a time, And when I forget and wander, Or allow fear to wound me yet again, so I begin to sink beneath the waves, it is then that you reach out and bring me up, embracing me in my messiness, loving me into beginning again… How loving you are towa

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Walking on air

Walking on air In 40 years I will be 103 years old. The last four decades have gone by like a bush fire during a drought; yes, that fast. It makes me pause. When young, I of course thought I had all the time in the world. The first 30 years moved along at a brisk clip, especially after I reached the 25 year mark. However after 30, well, it has been a roller coaster ride. It is true, some days can drag, but the weeks, months and years speed by at an ever faster clip. I suppose everyt

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Walking meditation

Walking meditation (Gail was walking and felt Jesus close accompanying her; she was aware of everything around her and experienced a deep peace) I am surrounded by people who are each unique and also a mystery and wonder.  I have the choice of how I will spend my remaining years.  I embrace, love….caring…quiet…be calm….be still…listen. --Gail Bardis   It can be a freeing experience to be able to say “I have a choice”.  Often I believe we act as if we don’t.  It is true some

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