Who would have thought such a thing?
Why does God do this to me?
She rubbed her eyes,
heavy with a weariness,
her face drawn and pale,
depressed and forlorn.
Bowed down yet not broken,
she continued her journey,
so much to bear,
yet her faith intact.
A life long quest for answers,
one we may not receive,
yet one day at a time Sweet Jesus,
as we take one step after another.
Joy is not something we think about,
nor happiness, nor contentment,
we enjoy them,
Eventful day.....a classmate contacted me that he was in Italy and needs my help, he lost his wallet and wanted me to send him money ASAP....of course I have not heard from him in 50 years.....then I got a letter from a lady in India, whose father was a man in government and she needed me to help her to get 160 million out of the bank....all I had to do was send her my bank information and then she will give me 20% of the proceeds....wow, what luck, I sent her all the information she needed and
If love is the greatest spiritual gift, then it would seem that if Christians want to be healers of hearts and souls, then we should pray for this gift, greater even than miracles, which can be flashy and then forgotten in time. However, to experience being seen and loved by another, to understand that ones depths have been gazed upon and still loved, brings about the deepest of healing; for nothing needs to be hidden. There is no one outside of God’s love, because God sees the depths of the
Thoughts on the aging process and the spiritual journey.
A very good friend, who is also a man filled with wisdom wrote a piece about retirement and how he was dealing with it. Some of it was coming from a place of struggle, but it ended up well. One statement jumped out at me and I responded to it. I would like to share it. It comes, of course, from a Christian point of view.
Interesting post. I do believe that as we age there are questions that we have to face, even if they can
Who is worthy?
Seeking to help only those who are ‘worthy’ is a slippery slope to start walking on. For who is to say one person is more worthy than another. That does take a certain type of judgment that I don’t want to take the responsibility in making. Though of course at times I do; I am not really that far along in this regard. In any case, we can’t help everyone, but there are some who are put into our lives that I feel we are meant to help. These are the ones who don’t simply enter o
Who is good?
I do not consider myself a 'good' person, but perhaps one who struggles with being good and have never succeeded. Without Christ Jesus and his grace I would be not even close to someone who struggles to be good. His mercy and love is truly astounding and when pondered is overwhelming.
I do believe that if a person who is outside of the faith shows true love for others, who does for others without thought of reward points to something deep going on that is grace at its
Who does not walk this path?
One little bump in the road and I get angry.
Peace can evaporate like mist in the sun.
Anxious concern, or fear, arises like a storm cloud;
no bidding necessary…..There they are.
I at times cling to such emotions and reactions.
Unreasonable and irrational, these companions
that I now know so well. Like spoiled children they are,
complaining, or seeking to hide something, or to run.
Where do they seek to run?
Anywhere at all, just not here and now,
Who do we listen to?
I have at times been mocked for being a sheep, which is of course meant to be an insult for Christians. Many think that we don’t think for ourselves and that we blindly follow our shepherd Jesus…..in other words we are brainwashed. Of course this can be true, for there are cults of all kinds and many of them are not religious in nature. So it is no surprise that there are Christian cults our there.
I had a friend a few years ago who told me that he was a free thinker.
Today at least we have ideals,
Things we strive for,
Would like to be true, but the time is not yet.
We talk of brotherhood,
Learning to love those who are different,
Perhaps, at least in the area of ideas, we are evolving.
Yet in spite of that some things are getting worse,
Boundaries going up,
Primitive impulses once again in ascendance,
Raising fears and stereotypes,
With just enough truth to make them dangerous.
I see it rising within
A smile can say so much,
yet often it simply hides what is within,
often failing to seek healing,
for fear can be such a prison,
behind a door firmly locked,
a habit of being, hard to break;
it seems we can get used to anything.
a dream collectively desired
seems impossible ,
pain being the only reality,
hope seems a fools quest.
Yet we really do still hope,
desire and seek,
perhaps that is our greatness,
not allowing the dark to swallow us,
Which cross will you carry?
“The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is
no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain”
― Padre Pio
People often balk when they read comments like the above; or when Jesus talks about dying to self and taking up ones cross in order to follow him in life. What is often forgotten is that anything we give our hearts and mind to, demands the same thing. People give up every
Which Cross will you carry?
“The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self;
there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain”
― Padre Pio
People often balk when they read comments like the above; or when Jesus talks about dying to self and taking up one's cross in order to follow him in life. What is often forgotten is that anything we give our hearts and mind to, demands the same thing. People give up everyt
“Where your treasure there also will your heart be”
People in general, unless they have some sort of personality disorder, give the impression of wanting to be more truly human. We admire those who display compassion and empathy, especially when it is directed towards us and we enjoy being around them. We ponder concepts like ‘justice’ and ‘mercy’, though they are not easily achieved. Injustice and the seeking of revenge appear to be the stronger force, but that is because when acted out
Where will it end?
A friend of mine brought me some rice and beans today. A simple dish, but one that I believe I could eat everyday without tiring of it....sort of like chicken. It is funny how little it takes to satisfy, to make one content, yet there is still the rat race that seems to be getting ever faster and crazier. Technology could actually make our lives simpler, less complicated, yet in fact it is becoming a very hard taskmaster. Work follows us everywhere, in our cars, at re
Where is Christ?
"Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their
Where is Christ Jesus?
Our Heavenly Father knows us and our circumstances and even what faces us in the future. His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, has suffered and paid for our sins and those of all the people we will ever meet. He has perfect understanding of the feelings, the suffering, the trials, and the needs of every individual.---Henry B. Eyring
Where is Christ Jesus the revelation of the Father to the world when things fall apart, when tragedy hits, or when life wears us do
Where God meet us
In the Christian path, just like the Buddhist one, the Jewish revelation
or the Muslim religion, has its own unique perspective.
In all paths, the transcendent is not about escape,
nor about happy endings in life, it is not about pie in the sky,
though continuation of life is part of it all.
I can only really speak about my path, as a Christian,
for while I have studied others ways, I am not part of them,
though I have learned much.
About submission to God, the importa
Where do we get our identity from?
Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising
techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid
hard work by promising the immediate
satisfaction of every desire.---Pope John Paul II
When I was in the Navy, I noticed that those Christians who followed their faith would often stand apart from the majority. Not because they did so to make some sort of a statement, but because of where they stood from. They did not get their id
Where do we abide?
We all have to abide somewhere in the depths of our souls. This abiding leads to deeper love, joy and healing, to a death to the self that naturally leans towards inner chaos and fear. Or we abide in prejudices and bitterness, in contempt and hatred, which has its own species of suffering and death--Br.MD
Where am I?
Now that our infirmary here is almost empty; we only have three out of our ten rooms occupied at this time. Our work schedules have changed a bit along with this development. I now work two night shifts. One is from 11PM-7AM and the other is a twelve hour shift, 7PM-7AM. Not much work do be done, but the men who are there still need to be looked in on and one of them, William has to be changed three times every shift. At the beginning of the shift and also at 12AM and at 5:30AM,
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
When we seek
The fruit of prayer is slowly having a new set of eyes to look upon the world. When we seek to grow in our humanity, we find our hearts expanding. When we seek to learn to see others in need as brothers and sisters, we find that our hands become healing hands and our feet are quick to help and lift up.
People do take advantage, for many that is the only way they know how to survive. It is difficult to know when to say 'no', but that can also be a death to self, for compulsive
When we learn to let go
Goodbyes are hard,
death brings to mind our temporality,
our permanence an illusion
hard to release;
though I believe that we all come to that point
when we learn to let go,
hopefully in trust,
open to the mystery
of life's tragedies and goodbyes.
"When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough. "A few years I saw a picture online of a man standing on a dock looking down at the water and the caption said: 'when we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough'. In my own life, I have found that statement and the things you said here to be quite true. It seems to me as if we have to get to that point, as God waits patiently for us...and we journey to the very edge and that is where God reveals Himself to
What happens to our hearts when we mock, gossip and belittle others? It is a self inflicted wound that will only bleed and become more infected until the time we seek forgiveness and mercy for the damage done. If people are indeed mirrors into our own souls, who is it we are judging and hating? Perhaps ourselves when all is said and done? We are commanded to love ourselves because without it, what we truly feel in our hearts will only overflow to those with whom we relate. A vicious cycle th