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People Have NDEs While Brain Dead

Dr. Michael Sabom is a cardiologist whose latest book, Light and Death, includes a detailed medical and scientific analysis of an amazing near-death experience of a woman named Pam Reynolds. She underwent a rare operation to remove a giant basilar artery aneurysm in her brain that threatened her life. The size and location of the aneurysm, however, precluded its safe removal using the standard neuro-surgical techniques. She was referred to a doctor who had pioneered a daring surgical procedure k

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Love without suffering is a lie

She sat in front of me crying softly, reliving what happened the night before, her son called her in the early morning acting in ways unknown, scaring her into also calling me. He cried, she told me wiping her eyes, he has never done that before, sobbing about his wife, whom he adores, after six years of marriage he still worships her. The tumor much bigger than they thought, he is in a panic, fearful of losing the love of his life. Ask everyone you know

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The Eternal Moment

The ‘Eternal Moment “Pray for all centuries, all peoples, all sinners” (16 January 1941--Para 3) He and I --Pauline Press In all religious traditions there is a sense of connection that deepens if what one professes is lived out from the heart. For Christians there can be a healthy sense of sin, in that it brings to mind our calling to become freer and more deeply human….in order to continue the life of Christ Jesus on the earth. Sin is a way we often seek to escape our ca

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Our path through life does not always make sense

Our path through life does not always make sense I have come to understand that we are each on a path and God is our intimate fellow traveler, who seems to work faster for some, slower for others in bringing their life to fulfillment. I don’t have to understand how this happens, for some lives seem to be filled with chaos, pain and addictions, which cannot be over come and family cycles left unbroken. So yes there is no simple answer to the suffering and tragedies that seem to overtake so

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The Lord is near, even in darkness and dryness of spirit (A quote and meditation from the Book He and I)

The Lord is near, even in darkness and dryness of spirit (A quote and meditation from the Book He and I) “Don’t grow weary of me”…..I go away and come back to you. And when I go away, you remain close to me. Don’t be like the people who, in a season of dryness, flee from me and abandon Me. They don’t know their Savior. It is because I love you that I hide Myself. Must I not test and try My dear flock? Even if everything is dark in your hearts, if My voice seems to be vanished f

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A saying that changed me

A saying that changed me Edmund is a man I have written about before. He died in 2007, but what he said to me, this unexpected gift has stayed with me and changed some of my persecptions about life. It may not seem like much to those who read it, but it was the timing, as if I really needed to hear what he had to say. So one day I was joking with him and said: "Edmund, you don't seem to be in any hurry to get to heaven" He looked at me, smiled and replied: "You know Mark, we are he

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Not a tribal deity

Not a tribal Deity Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God. Pope Francis Faith is not about having ‘God in a box’, though it seems that at times this seems to be the case. Scripture can be used to back up many different interpretations. Christ Jesus, b

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Just trying to stay afloat

Just trying to stay afloat She is a good friend, who struggles more than many would suppose, she smiles and laughs yet her life is hard, in the past she had so much, money and friends good clothes and jewelry, a fine house and kids…… now, well, things have changed, she lives alone in a small room, on the edge with a few friends, well those who don’t get overwhelmed or burnt out with her neediness, for she lives on the periphery, just trying to stay afloat, to not sink, so she stri

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Memories of Eden

Memories of Eden Nostalgia is a funny emotion. It takes something from the past, which were perhaps more positive than negative in their affect in ones life; takes the memories and scrubs them clean. While I often find nostalgic memories somewhat painful to remember, for within it the memory there is a feeling of mourning, of something lost, there is also a bit of joy as well. It is like thinking of the Garden of Eden, a place of innocence, when things were simpler (at least in the recon

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Love of self

Love of self There are reasons that Christ calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, which is something often forgotten by those on the path. There is a false sense of humility, of which I fall into, that goes directly against this commandment of Christ. How I think I can love others but still hold pockets of contempt and little regard for myself is something I am still trying to work through. For if truth be told, I am often the least that Christ identifies with, therefore I am called up

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We can drown

We can drown Truth seems to be owned by everyone, or so it is lived out. Something inward, subjective, ones own against all others. What is thought…. is truth, or what is perceived, is obvious, Ones religion, political party, or lack of, both are embraced tightly, A fortress against all others who dare to think or believe otherwise. God is like a spider living in the corner of one’s bedroom, Small, figured out, books used to buttress ones position, Holy writ, philosophers, men of

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Driven

Driven I think the old adage “never argue religion and politics”…..is probably a very wise one, but one that is very seldom followed. Everything today seems to be based on one group either berating another group or religion, or trying to prove the superiority of “ones” party or religion over others; a lot of wasted energy and time. From time to time I fall into this trap, and in the end, always regret it, since communication is simply not possible when this kind of seeking to influence ot

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The hidden one

The hidden One I hide, so those who seek will walk the road of faith and not surety. For my essence is infinite and the mysteries of the Universe will lead to my reality, an intelligence beyond vast, infinite, wherein shadows of its immensity can be found over large stretches of time, as mankind slowly learns of its secrets. My child, while it is true that suffering is a difficult road to follow, yet without it there would be no questioning, no seeking after answers, for self awareness

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The reason behind so many NDE’s

The reason behind so many NDE’s There was a man here this week who is wheelchair bound. He has been coming every year for 25 years and is well known. We talked for a few minutes the other night and he related to me that 17 years ago he was in an automobile accident and was dead for 9 minutes. That got my attention. He also mentioned that he experienced heaven while ‘dead’ and perhaps one day we could talk about it. Now that I am almost 65 years old, the thought of my death becomes more

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Check the kool-aid before you drink

Check the kool-aid before you drink Freedom is an interesting word and can be used in different ways. I was listening to a song the other day on the radio and to paraphrase its content, this is what it said: “We can make love to whomever we want, do whatever we want, for it is our bodies and no one can tell us what to do”. It was of course true, but the song left a lot out, that being that there are often unforeseen consequences that can lead to a great deal of suffering for those invol

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A good question (is faith in God absurd ?)

A good question (Is faith in God absurd?) A friend of mine who is an agnostic asked me this question. “Mark, don’t you really think that belief in God is absurd (?)…..come on really think about it”! I have had this asked me more than once. The first time I was so surprised that I could not respond. However it did open up avenues for me to mediate on. So I responded in this fashion to my friend: “Yes I said there are times when the thought of God seems absurd to me. Then I think of a world

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The Mind of Christ

The Mind of Christ What is revelation? When we reveal ourselves to others, to our families, or to our friends we may do so at different levels. To our enemies, or to those who either won’t, or can’t understand us, we may reveal very little. Any revelation of any depth can only be received by the inborn capacity of the receiver, or by an increase of capability through experience, study, growth, etc. I believe that Jesus Christ is a special revelation of the Father’s love for all. For

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Signs and wonders

Signs and wonders What are signs and wonders; what are they for? When a statue of Mary exudes oil”, is there a message in that for us. Quote: Najar asserts that what would be tantamount to dozens of gallons of oil "have oozed from more than twenty pictures and statues of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and is continuing: Unquote Are such events important for us. Oil represents healing. When someone is sick, the priest or deacon goes to the home of the one ill and anoints the sufferer with

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We are children in some ways

We are children in some ways I believe we are children in some ways. Or we lost it and need to get it back. Faith is not a relief from the struggle of all the 'why's' of life, it does however give some kind of path that actually gets more opaque as one travels down it. None of our pious ideas come true, we are not protected from whatever happens, bad things, good things, love or hatred.....they happen. Perhaps down deep it is our reactions that allow us to return to a childlike position

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Prophets are so very annoying|

Prophets are so very annoying (The feast of St. John the Baptist)   Prophets are noted for their urgency as well as being very annoying.  They are outspoken and can be strange.  St. John the Baptist is no exception.  He spoke out about the seriousness of our lives.  About the importance of taking stock of what we are doing with our time here and how we are living and from that honest appraisal, to make straight our paths in serving the Lord in our daily lives.  Prophets bring to

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What or who we truly are is not yet known

What or who we truly are is not yet known I agree that being a loving person is something humans are not.  Yet we strive to become loving and in that we call upon the Lord for grace and healing.  Self knowledge allows us to see our need and woundedness without despairing, or having our ego shattered.  Jesus as the Word has loved us into existence and will bring what he has started in our hearts to fruition.  What or who we truly are is not yet known or understood, yet it is the Lord who kno

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Surrender

Surrender {“My Child, at least you – surrender to me. Believe without trying to define.”} From the book “He and I” Editions Paulines When I was very young, I was frightened by anything that I thought had no ending. At the age of six, I was terrified at the thought that the world was endless, that it simply went on forever and ever. One day I felt this so deeply and was so filled with dread that I ran in and asked my mom “where am I (?)”. It was a desperate question and my mother

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Trying another kind of love

Trying another kind of love Agape is a Greek word ( ἀγάπη, agápē) used to describe God’s love for us. Jesus shows us what this love of God is by his teaching and commandments. For instance, human love is for the most part conditional, because it is based either on instinct or on need. We love another because we need them; we also want them to respond to us. If there is no response the relationship will most likely die, or turn into an obsession. Parental love is the closest love

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Choosing Love

Choosing Love In the fundamental meditation about the goal; that is, of choosing love:  the soul must love; it has need of living.  The soul must divert the stream of its love, but not into the mud or into a vacuum, but into God.  How I rejoice when I reflect on this, for I feel clearly that He Himself is in my heart.  Just Jesus alone!  I love creatures insofar as they help me to become united with God.  I love all people because I see the image of God in them. (Diary of Divine Me

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Thankfulness is mindfulness

Thankfulness is mindfulness There are days when I am not mindful and lose my way. I forget the giftedness of all that I am, and what I have, that I can love, laugh and play, and at times even weep, enjoy the sun, but mostly I love rainy days with dark clouds, plants in water with roots, long and flowing,  like a work of art, a living sculpture, people and their smiles and tears and  gentleness, their generosity and freely given love. Quiet mornings when I go outside and th

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