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When Christ draws near

It is the shattered soul that Christ draws near, The deeper the abuse, or neglect ,suffered at the hands of others, Those also consumed with self-hatred; These share in the true sorrow and horror of the cross. It is the souls of the rejected the downtrodden Show to us the suffering Christ. Nothing in life can keep God’s love from flowing out Into the bleeding lacerated hearts of those crushed by life. Those who do evil are also close to God’s heart Who else can see the depth of

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markdohle

 

When Christ draws near

It is the shattered soul that Christ draws near, The deeper the abuse, or neglect ,suffered at the hands of others, Those also consumed with self-hatred; These share in the true sorrow and horror of the cross. It is the souls of the rejected the downtrodden Show to us the suffering Christ. Nothing in life can keep God’s love from flowing out Into the bleeding lacerated hearts of those crushed by life. Those who do evil are also close to God’s heart Who else can see the depth of hell and

markdohle

markdohle

 

When all we can do is wait

When all we can do is wait Prayer is about communion with the Eternal, it has many forms, thinking, listening, silence, struggle, peace, are all aspects of prayer, it is the Infinite that is always ‘Yes”, even when we can’t say "Yes" ourselves or respond. There are times when we can only wait in faith.

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When 'seeking' stops

When 'seeking' stops Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is. Hans Urs von Balthasar All who seek are brothers and sisters on the way. When truth is ‘found’ and seeking ‘stops’, then we develop an arrogance presented before others that perhaps even the demons wonder at it. Fanatics can’t stand others who think in categories different from them. they have a need for everyone to believe the way they do, if not, they will manufacture a way to twist things ar

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Whatever works (the use of prayer beads)

Whatever works (the use of prayer beads) I was talking to one of the AA retreatants this morning.  She was talking about trying to get herself settled so she could meditate.  Meditation can come in many forms but many people think it has to be ‘just so’ for it to be meditation.  Actually we meditate many times through out the day.  For instance when listening to music that is truly loved and appreciated will bring our focus to the music, be it Gospel, or gentle piano concertos, or whateve

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What would life be like?

What would life be like? To reject portions of myself will naturally lead me to reject others. What would happen if that changed, if I could embrace everything about myself and stand before God in thankfulness, not only for what I perceive as good, but also, to be blunt, the Sh-t? What would happen? Would I look on others differently, as another self, with both light and dark doing their dance, (perhaps tango is a better phrase)? With the same struggles, failures, and yes successes, though

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What would Jesus say?

What would Jesus say?

What would Jesus say:   "Your emotions and feelings constantly change, like waves on the ocean. My love is deeper than any ocean, for I am infinite my child."-Br.MD

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What will it be?

What will it be? To know that choices can be made, new paths taken, opens up vistas never seen before. The Holy Spirit is 'Yes". Our fears, doubt's and self-depreciation, and our resentments, are the ways that we block these gifts always open to us. No, it is not easy, though easier than not choosing life; humility is simply knowing ones need of grace. Those in our lives who love us, are one manifestation of grace, it is all around us, look, learn to see, and again trust.

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What we truly believe?

What we truly believe? I had lunch with a friend yesterday and he was talking about taking a trip, something he has discussed with me quite a few times. He is a few months older than me, he is 64 years old. I brought up the fact that, perhaps too bluntly, that he was running out of time, and that if he wanted to make this trip he should perhaps begin planning it now. By running out of time, I did not mean that he is ill or anything like that, it is just with the rapidity of time and be

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What we take with us

What we take with us When I was young and went to the doctor, I was always told, you’re in great shape, see you next year. I thought on some level that it will always be so. Now I understand how easy it is to get sick; like falling off a log. One moment your standing up, then the log twist sideways and you’re in the water, just swimming to the shore. Perhaps it is that wake up call, that I like others, can get sick, have chronic problems, and still move on with my life, is a call to in

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What we share

What we share One way to help alleviate the pain caused by others is to think about them without rancor; to see them in the light of what is shared. We all have a past that has some pain and sorrow connected to it. This does have an affect on how we relate and respond to others, but also how others will respond to us. To understand that our enemies suffer the same way we do, may not improve the relationship, but it can lead to some empathy, which will lessen the power that we allow our r

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What we offer

What we offer I think most people are seeking (metaphorical speaking), to get outside of their own skin, to feel less isolated and on the fringe and to simply belong. Communication can oftentimes be a frustrating way to seek to bridge the divide and does not always work. Even when it does, it can only be an illusion, for we each bring our history with us, so no relationship is simply in the ‘now’ but incorporates all that has gone on before. So language, facial expressions and body langu

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What we long for, we also fear

What we long for, we also fear I live in the Sacrament of My love as I live in heaven, in a ceaseless state of intercession for all who believe in Me and come to Me with the weight of life’s burdens and sorrows. There is nothing that I will not do for the soul who approaches Me with confidence. A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart-- The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (Kindle Locations 3959-3961). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition. In a truly loving relationship, b

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What we have perfected

What we have perfected Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death. Pope Francis It is understandable that we have such good reasons to go to war, to kill and hate. It is instinctive, normal, to defend and to strike back. Also it can seem wise to strike first. I

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What we believe is a choice

Prayer keeps us open to the Spirit.  The Spirit seeks to heal and lead us to fuller life; we all have an infinite capacity to grow, to learn, to love and to have an ever deeper relationship with the Infinite, the lover of our souls.  Either life is an open ended affair, or it is a dead end when we hit the wall…..what we believe is a choice, neither is an escape from reality.  One just gives hope, the other the promise of eternal nothingness.  Non-existence is not always a fearful concept, it can

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What we believe and how we share

What we believe and how we share Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Saint Augustine Our perspectives are both freeing as well as limiting. They open doors and allow us to see the world in a certain way. People, who live their faith from the heart, will experience the reality of God in their lives; while those who do not believe, or do not make their faith a living reality, will not experience God in their everyday lives. Faith

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What we believe

What we believe I believe that we choose those that we give authority to. Books are chosen to digest, articles read that help to firm a certain outlook on life.... for believers their scriptures play a major role if they are devout. Others, perhaps the so called ‘freethinkers’ will do the same, for study is needed to deepen ones world view. It is necessary I guess, for growth into insight. The problem is that it closes off the understanding of others. That is the way it is in this life

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What we are not

What we are not Humility is not about self loathing, but about seeing the truth, embracing it and not sinking into self hatred and despair. Perhaps that is the greatest obstacle, for it is easy to fall into those traps. The call to dying to self is more about that, than overcoming anyone ‘thing’ in ones life. Often our self destructive habits are based on this self loathing than on anything else. It takes courage to stand up to the inner mob that wants to keep us back and to simply say

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What we are called to?

What we are called to? For those on the Christian path, what are we called to? Are we called to be God bearers, giving birth to Christ in the world? Are we called to see Christ in our enemies? To embrace not only those we love, but also those marginalized and despised, hidden from view? How is that possible? Only by truly believing that because of grace, we are called to be other Christ in the world. When we pray, perhaps like Christ, we represent with and through Christ all of mankind, for

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What we are called to emulate

What we are called to emulate Youth is for the young. Getting older is something that should be embraced celebrated, loved even, for that is after all reality, we age. Perhaps there is a reason for this, aging. Maybe life is set up so that as we get older we can have more time to seek more important pass times, more fulfilling and meaningful for that specific time of life. Yes we are slowly backed in corners as the years pile up, but for those with faith this should be an invitation to a de

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What we all seek

What we all seek

What we all seek   What remains after we die? Our money goes first, perhaps fought over by our loving family, or fame if we have it is soon gone, and if not what does it matter(?), a picture in a book or in many books means little when dead.   Perhaps it is the seeds planted in loving service, giving life to others producing much fruit, is what remains.   For love is what we all seek like plants rising up to the sun seeking light and warmth.-

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What touches the most deeply

What touches the most deeply I am getting old now, my youth far behind me, yet I often feel that I am just at the beginning of my journey, even if I am more aware everyday of the reality of my own mortality and yes my extreme human weakness as well as my strengths. I find that grace uses my weaknesses to touch me the most deeply and it is in those areas that many of my gifts find their roots, though if truth be told, I wish it were otherwise. Yet we can be misled by our strengths as well an

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What to say?

What to say? Yesterday, I was asked to speak to a group of 11th graders, who were students from a small private school here in the Atlanta area. This is my third year in doing this and of course it is new group each year. It is a daunting task, for I remember my teenage years and even though those seven years where outwardly uneventful, the same cannot be said for what my inner world was like. I doubt it was much different than other teenagers, either in its intensity or content. I did

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What the soul seeks

What the soul seeks (stream of consciousness) A soul in pain seeks diversion. Or if tired, perhaps to find some rest, but where? Root-less-ness, a feeling of not belonging, can be a source of deep inner alienation, leading to isolation. Form; that which has boundaries, is not what the soul needs, at least on the level of inner thirst and unease; a place only felt but not often seen. What are we rooted in? Our self-awareness, our sense of self, our longings, the human ability to cre

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