he wrath of man
“I saw no wrath [in God} except on man’s part,
and that He forgives in us”
(Julian of Norwich reading 99)
When I was meditating on the above quote from the book “Revelations of Divine Love” it brought to mind one of my greatest struggles as a man who wishes to grow in my openness to the Spirit of the Lord. When I am hurt, or the times when I wish things would go my way, or when someone does a great evil towards others, my first instinct is to seek to bestow wrath on the
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
Get out of the damn boat
The burden of our interior freedom
(In the end, we all choose)
The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is—trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their he
Listening to God retreat
Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and
incline the ear of your heart.
Receive willingly and carry
out effectively your loving father's advice, that
by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you
had departed by the sloth of disobedience.(Rule of St. Benedict Prologue)
What do obedience and listening have in common?
“Personal Infallibility”, I believe is a great cause for many of the problems that we have in the
A woman outside the lines
When I meet someone who is absolutely sure that they are right, and have the truth, I tend not to argue. I let them be, and go my way. Sometimes I meet people who are ‘really’ sure of themselves in such a way that they have no one to really relate to since they are people who live ‘outside of the lines’ of what is considered rational, or normal in such a way that there can be some connection if worked at.
About three years ago, I got a call from a woman who want
Our inner world and prayer and trust in God
Prayer opens up many doors to our inner perception. When we seek to grow in love of God and do not just pray to get something from God, the good fruit can at times have a bitter taste to it. Yet we must experience the bitter along with the sweet on our inner journey towards ‘home’, that place where we are at peace because we have found our hearts deepest longing.
We are often told about how good we should be, or perfect, and how anger and lust and
What we can experience only from deepening our trust
“But My close friends, why, why don’t they call louder to Me from their heart’s depths?
If only their belief were less like unbelief!
If their hope were fixed upon My help . . . And if, in all simplicity,
their love loved Me more. I should be there looking after everything in their day,
and when night fell, their eyes would close again on My face.
Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 2260-2262).
Pauline Books and Media. Kindl
The only way to deal with an inner storm
The only way to deal with an inner storm is to understand that it will pass, as well as understanding that it is best to wait until the rising waves, and high winds, calm down. I can't think logically when I am in some form of an inner temper tantrum, for at that moment, I am off center.
Our Belief systems will often dictate how we respond to these times of deep anger, fear, or anxiety. We can hold back, understanding that these states can be trigger
When younger I was interested in Fatima, then I 'outgrew' it, well a foolish thought I know. Now I am looking at this again. I got this book from our store here titled: "Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope". The message is Gospel, and it brings out the importance of how connected with others when we pray we are and how important is to pray for all. Our loved ones, our enemies and those who hate us and yes God; for God hates no one and wants all to come to salvation. The
We go through the Psalms in a two-week cycle here when we chant the Divine Office. There are many people from both the Jewish and Christian traditions that are devoted to these prayers. I read a story about an old Jewish woman who spent her days reading from the book of Psalms, it was her ‘prayer’. In doing that I am sure something very deep was going on in her soul and most likely she attained a high degree of prayer/union with God. Like many Christians in their later years who
What is our true name?
(Called and identified by name)
The human being is single, unique, and unrepeatable, someone thought of and chosen from eternity, someone called and identified by name.—John Paul11
In the Christian faith, what is taught, is that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Not totally corrupt, but a creature that seeks the good. There is the ‘GOOD’, and again, ‘the good’. What we love is what will fill us, envelope us, leading us deeper into
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
A Mocking Bird’s lonely song
What is considered early in the morning will vary from person to person and place to place. Since we have our Vigil’s at 4 AM, after being here for a few years, that time seems like 6 AM. I am lucky I love the morning hours so when I sometimes wake up at 1:30 and feel refreshed, I like to go for walks, for it is not really that early here. Around the buildings, in our front parking lot by the bakery and also up to the store we have lighting. I find the sunlight
Quite a ride our lives.
Wow, life is short. Some days can seem so very long, others filled with one problem after another. Then days that are good. Most days are a mix-up. Still, at the end of the week, I say, what (!) Sunday already!
I love life, God is good, yet I understand very little, however, I have learned to trust in God's love for me, and for all. The deeper I go, the more I see how I fail. Things that seemed to be small matters when younger, now become bigger events because I unde
Do we choose to trust in God?
“Jesus: ‘My child, life on earth is a struggle indeed; a great struggle for my kingdom. But fear not, because you are not alone. I am always supporting you, so lean on Me as you struggle, fearing nothing. Take the vessel of trust and draw from the fountain of life – for yourself, but also for other souls, especially such as are distrustful of My goodness.’” (No. 1488)
(From Sr. Faustina’s dairy).
Scott Peck’s book “The Road Less Traveled” started off w
That this ‘noon-day-devil’ could not be run from
The 1st and 2nd and 8th instruments of good works
The mind or the ego is unable to bear the frustrations of time. The feeling of crawling instead of charging through frustrates the ego. It demands immediate action, coercing our body and forcing it to engage in some activity as if to solve the problem right away. Through this agitation of body and Dom emotions we think we are doing something useful and thus this relieves the guilt and helpless
An encounter with the Lord
"You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.
How can you ask me for a drink?"
---When reading the stories in the New Testament that deal with how Jesus dealt with those he met during his life as an itinerant Rabbi. How that story is processed will vary from person to person. So the short essay below brings to light how I look at the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. My own life experiences, as well as what I have observed, of course, has a st
Jesus and Gospel Women
When reading the Gospel, and how Jesus interacts with those around him, can be shocking when really researched. How Jesus treated others, related to them, was often shocking to his audience. His dealings with others were not bound by social customs or niceties.
He worked from a different center than I would say that I do, and perhaps most of us.
Shortcuts are desired. The quickest way to get to a destination, be it by car, or to find a way to figure someone el
Am I a good person?
People will ask me at times what I think of our human nature. I will speak from my own experience of myself, as well as use the words and concepts of a Christian.
Am I a good person? Well no, I do not believe that I am. I often have to struggle to simply make the more humane choice, because at heart I am still self centered in the worst sense of the word. I am prone to self destructive behavior; I have to work on not using others, to reducing them to the level of a ‘th
According to our capacity to love, in that, we heal
Act as a physician of souls. I will show you how to bind up the wounds of the heart,
even the most delicate ones, and how to care for those whom I shall send you,
so that you may heal them in My Name by loving them with My Heart.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart--
The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (pp. 4-5). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition.
It is not about performance but allowing the life of Jesus Christ
In prayer, we partner with Christ Jesus
When we pray, we become part of God’s moment. There, in that moment, are all moments, all times, and all peoples. Christians are called to be a priestly people, and for each of us, those in our congregation when we pray, are all those who suffer, or fail, the way each of us does. We are called to allow into our hearts, all those who have hurt us, or done evil towards our loved ones. For all those who cause harm to others.
In order for our hearts t
Salt of the Earth
I do believe that when trying to impress someone,
it will often fail because it is not ourselves being truly present.
When we become unconscious of the influence
we have with others, it is then that they can be impressed.
People who are themselves, look others in the eye,
listen, and because of self-knowledge, are slow to judge,
draw others to themselves. People like that are not
uncommon, but because they are not flashy,
they are often overlooked to
the loss of m
Too Many Obstacles in Me
The call that I received thirty years ago, a call to which I did not know how to respond,
or to which I found myself unable to respond fully. There were too many obstacles in me,
too many infected wounds, still waiting for the healing that had to come through the hands
of Mary and by the precious Blood of Jesus.
A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart
--The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (pp. 1-2). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition.