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The Virtue of Justice

The Virtue of Justice

The Virtue of Justice   Let us be renewed by God's mercy ... and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish: Pope Francis   ++++++++++   The desire for justice is interesting. In nature, there is no such thing as justice, or fairness, or even right and wrong. Only humans have an understanding of the concept. Though seldom achieved to everyone's liking.   The idea of “an eye for an eye”, is n

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Dealing with anxiety in a world of insecurity

Dealing with anxiety in a world of insecurity

Dealing with anxiety in a world of insecurity   First and foremost, the monk should own nothing in this world, but he should have as his possessions solitude of the body, modesty of bearing,a modulated tone of voice, and a well-ordered manner of speech. He should be without anxiety as to his food and drink, and should eat in silence. Saint Basil   ++++++++++ I would like to start off by saying that even though I am a monk. Have been one for 50 years, I am not sure I do any of the above

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The Christian Call to be Merciful

The Christian Call to be Merciful

The Christian Call to be Merciful “Then I heard the words, ‘I am glad you behaved like My true daughter. Be always merciful as I am merciful. Love everyone out of love for Me, even your greatest enemies, so that My mercy may be fully reflected in your heart.’” (No. 1695) (Diary of Divine Mercy: Sister Faustina) ++++++++++ What does it mean to be a sinner? I suppose one way to see it is that we often fail to do what we know is right, and make a choice to seek a short term answer to a p

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God’s ways are not ours

God’s ways are not ours

God’s ways are not ours A prayer made with sleepiness and distraction is no less pleasing to Me than one made in consolations and alertness. Your subjective dispositions do not impede the action of My grace in your soul. Learn, then, to trust in Me to do the things that you cannot do of yourself, and allow Me to work in you secretly, in a manner perceptible to the gaze of My Father, and by the operation of My Holy Spirit. A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart --

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The benefits of the Rosary are many

The benefits of the Rosary are many

The benefits of the Rosary are many   While non-Catholics (many of them) do not think much of the Rosary. I guess it is because of 'Mary'. They seem to have some real problems with our devotion to her. Yet the Rosary is a powerful tool for prayer. I would say it is my main form of prayer when I am not sitting in silence. I can do that for only so long, and then my mind starts to jump up and down, bounce off the inner wall of my skull, and wow, my brain can be insane in what it brings up. An en

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Blitz Beloved Family Pet

Blitz Beloved Family Pet

Blitz Beloved  Family Pet Blitz was our boxer, a smart dog, manipulative like dogs can be. You know wagging his stubby tail so hard that you would think that his butt would dislocate or worse. His eyes, those sad, poor me eyes, begging (well demanding) that we bow down to his wants and needs and then condescending to lick our hands, when in fact, we both knew who was in charge. In 1975 when I was making a home visit and my parents lived at Fr. Davis; I got reacquainted with our dog. I

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The feast of the Holy Innocents

The feast of the Holy Innocents

The feast of the Holy Innocents (Free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.) As an historical event the killing of the innocent children by Herod in order to find and destroy the Christ Child was of minor importance. All through history the innocent have been killed, enslaved, and abused without any recourse to justice. In fact, in this world, justice is an ideal, one that is seldom or in fact never reached. There is something in the world and in the hearts of me

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Christmas Eve 2020

Christmas Eve 2020

Christmas Eve 2020 (The Incarnation ( A Word From God) I am not sure that I could ever come up with the idea that God is love. Why would I? Or believe that God knows my name! That is impossible, I am one among billions. Or that I even have something called a soul, that is not snuffed out at death. Yet God has revealed His nature, in the life of one man, whom many love, died for, and yes, live out their lives serving. “What is man Lord that you are mindful of him (Ps 8:4)?” What am I

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More About Listening

More About Listening

More About Listening Prayer is more about listening, allowing the heart to grow in its ability to embrace God's love, and then loving others-BrMD  

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When will this end?

When will this end?

When will this end?   One big problem is that so many do not take this seriously; about wearing masks, and not meeting in large groups, that those with other ailments, some life-threatening as well, cannot be treated in certain parts of the country. It is understandable, denial is a powerful force in our lives. I have to remind myself to be careful when around others outside the community. The abbot is constantly reminding us to not become slack. Hopefully, the vaccine will bring this nightmar

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Advent Peace

Advent Peace

Advent Peace Waiting is what Advent is about, in times of stress to focus on what is important, to choose to not lose hope, or to become bitter, which is not difficult to do, to sink takes no effort, but to hope, to love, to continue to do what is right, to see Christ Jesus in those around us is a deeper choice, dying to old ways and allowing Christ Jesus in. Do not fear, all are loved, treasured by our Heavenly Father, Jesus took flesh to tell us, and to show us that love-Br.MD

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A beggar off 1-75

A beggar off 1-75

A beggar off I-75 This is a piece (see address below) that I wrote a few years ago and was published in Christian Review. It is always painful to see so much pain and suffering in the world. Yet, we are all called to do what we can, even if it is with only one person at a time. I used to drive more than I do now so I had to figure out what I could do. This is one experience with this issue. Many people do much good when they come upon individuals who are suffering, yet it is just a drop

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To see and be seen in truth, is to love

To see and be seen in truth, is to love

To love is to see and to be seen in one's totality   I shy away when the mystery of God’s love becomes close, yet hopefully each time this approach happens, perhaps I will draw back a little less. Grace is gentle with me, and from that, I deduce that it is the same for everyone. We are told not to judge for a reason, for in reality we only see in others what is in ourselves.   It is grace that knocks, it is love that pursues, when we fall it is compassion that calls us, when we lose

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One of the fun things about community life

One of the fun things about community life

One of the fun things about community life   Living in a Monastery can be very interesting. I suppose we all have some sort of community we live in or work from, and yes family is also considered, especially family.   If only my brother would listen to me, then everything would be just perfect. One day about three years ago, we were having a meeting about our liturgy. So I took the microphone and gave my opinion on how I believe it should be done, etc. So I gave my little contribution to the

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Growing Sense of Vulnerability

Growing Sense of Vulnerability

Growing Sense of Vulnerability   No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 (NLT)   As I get older, I am finding that the aging process has many aspects that can be disconcerting if I lose focus. When I forget that I am a pilgrim, on a journey, and on that journey, there will be impasses that I have to traverse, is when I find myself feeling lost and bewildered, and yes frightened.   An impasse can be formidable and seem impo

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Complete Trust

Complete Trust

Complete trust +Most Holy Trinity, I trust in Your infinite mercy. God is my Father and so I, His child, have every claim to His divine Heart; and the greater the darkness, the more complete our trust should be. (357 Sister Faustina’s diary) Sentimentality is one of the biggest obstacles to living a life of trust towards God. Or towards friends as well, for life will place before all of us trails (or test if you like) that need facing in order to deepen any relationship that is worth pur

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Everything about this life is important

Everything about this life is important

Everything about this life is important “The world is a good place. Even with pain in it. Even with death.” ― Anna Smith Spark, From: The Court of Broken Knives Life is not a choice. We were born, and that is simply the end of it. How we live is another question entirely. Floating through life is one way of dealing with ‘things’. One simply gets through the day, doing one’s best, and when not busy seeking ways to fill in the time. Buffers are looked for, something, almost anything to les

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The Forge

The Forge

The Forge (Thanksgiving 2020)   LIfe is never really dull. There is always something to deal with or to get through. Life is filled with challenges. There is much to be thankful for, but sometimes we have to think deeply about why we should feel gratitude.   St. Bernard when talking about our lives, and especially about our inner experiences, how they constantly change, and in that we are challenged. Consolation, desolation, and all that is in-between put befo

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What If!

What If!

What if!   A woman was talking to me one day and she was on a bit of a rant. She had a lot of anger about the church etc. One thing she said was there are so many "thou shalt not', it is just a guilt trip or a way to control people.So I responded in this fashion: "Well think about it, what if everyone in the country, no matter their faith, decided to live out the ten commandments say for six months, what do you think that would do. Co

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Razor's Edge

Razor's Edge

Razor's Edge Lord, we are always on the edge, we can hide from it, keeping busy, yet no one is so special that we are not vulnerable, what a boon this short life with its valleys and hills and occasional mountain view. What a gift, is a life, both in its fullness, as well as its brevity. --Br.MD

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Hope

Hope

Hope To hope is to reach upward when all is dark, when one is alone, yet propelled to reach for grace, God's love is beyond our emotions, feelings, and even our deepest misunderstandings of Infinite Love.   Just reach.--Br.MD

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