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What is our life?

What is our life? I wonder why we tend to cling, impossible though it is to hold on to so many ‘things’ in our lives. Clinging will destroy a friendship, or even marriage if it is too needy, children also grow away from their parents, painful as that must be, yet parents if they don’t let go stall another kind of relationship, a deeper one, between equals, though being a father and mother seems to be an endless job, it just changes. Aging is feared, a waste of time, for ti

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What is most important in our lives

What is most important in our lives Most of us struggle with doubt.  Some more than others.  Today it is easier to doubt with the overwhelming input of information as well as advances in our technologies, as well the overflow of entertainment choices...which will only grow.  What is before us seems so real, yet each day brings something new, and the older and the not so old is discarded.   Is faith so unimportant that we do not spend time in study and thought and prayer over the deep t

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What is Mercy?

What is mercy? Mercy for others can often be difficult to understand, in particular when it comes to heinous crimes. The abuse of children comes to mind, especially when it is sexual in nature. There is much in this world that cries out for justice and this desire is the strongest when a loved one is wronged, hurt, or their life taken away. Then there are the ‘little’ things that can affect us. Sin is a hard concept to understand, until it becomes personnel, then it is shown for the hor

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What is mercy?

What is mercy? Mercy for others can often be difficult to understand, in particular when it comes to heinous crimes. The abuse of children comes to mind, especially when it is sexual in nature. There is much in this world that cries out for justice and this desire is the strongest when a loved one is wronged, hurt, or their life taken away. Then there are the ‘little’ things that can affect us. Sin is a hard concept to understand, until it becomes personnel, then it is shown for the hor

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What is life all about?  Remembering Br. Alan

What is life all about? Remembering Br. Alan

What is life all about? (Community remembrance for Br. Alan) “Think of Me in My human life more often, for in this way you will draw the power to imitate Me. You must take all the means: look at Me, call Me, love Me.” December 11—Holy Hour. Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 3083-3085). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition. ++++++++++   When a community member dies, after a few days, the community will gather to talk about the departed brot

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What is life about?

What is life about? I know so little that is true, the older I get the less I seem to understand, suffering is one such event in our lives that can be a torment for many. Is life about something, or just a lot of fuss over nothing important at all. Are we here for a purpose, or just an accident more or less, here one moment and then gone into oblivion for eternity the next. If there is something about life then I believe it is sacred and everything must be done to help others, reli

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What is it?

Within each person that you see, That man, or woman, walking beside you; Children also laughing, crying, screaming, playing, Each has an inner world with depths not yet fathomed. Things hidden lie in the depths, Forgotten, Perhaps sleeping not yet awakened from slumber; Let sleeping dogs lie, so the saying goes. Conflicting desires, Voices speaking, Compulsive often repetitive, For many, that is who they are, these voices. Driven, First this emotion, Now that, This

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What is it I truly believe?

What is it I truly believe? Sometimes someone will ask me: “Mark what is it you really believe”? It is easy to say most of the time what I put my faith in. However it is how I live that so called faith, that lets me and others know what I believe truly. Or if I can’t always live what I believe, then I strive. What if there is only a profession of faith, but no living it, nor striving either? Striving keeps me humble; it lets me see the need for grace and mercy. I come face to face wit

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What is heaven

What is heaven Heaven would bring out our deepest longing, often hidden beneath many of our endeavors to find happiness and peace but often fail. No matter what we gain or acquire it is often not what we thought when we get it. Infatuation can give some insight I believe into what heaven would be. We get overwhelmed when we fall in love, but after a while it drops and then perhaps the real relationship starts. However the experience points to our seeking something deep and profound, he

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What is God’s Compassion?

What is God’s Compassion?

What is God’s Compassion? Never Lose Hope in God's Mercy (Rule of St. Benedict 4:74) I have always been thankful for the Elders in the community. When I was a young monk in my mid-twenties, until I was around 35, Fr. Matt was my Spiritual guide. I still remember much of what I learned from him. So as far as I can remember this is what Fr. Matt said: “It was an act of supreme mercy on the part of Jesus to ask Peter three times. For each time he asked Peter: “Peter do you love me?” It e

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What is feared and ignored

What is feared and ignored How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon.December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flown. | How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss When young we have so much time….or we think so. Then after so much water has (rushed) under the bridge we find this is not so. The years are cut in half, then half again, and we rush towards what is often feared or ignored. Yet, we also learn to not take ‘time’ for grant

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What is central in the NDE experience for me?

What is central in the NDE experience for me? From time-to-time one of our retreatants will come up to me and want to talk about the Near-Death-Experience. This phenomenon is becoming more popular as the years go by. There are still many skeptics out there and they each have some theory or anther that will try to explain away the NDE….so far they have failed. As new books come out the mystery deepens and the studies continue to expand. I do not think this is going away. One day older g

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What is beneath the facade?

What is beneath the facade? I like driving in some parts of Atlanta when driving someone for a doctor’s appointment.  Going to Piedmont Hospital for instance, getting off on North Ave, brings me into a very nice part of Atlanta; one of the many neighborhoods that are older and have lots of trees and foliage all year round….very restful after the speedway, and if at the right time of the day; even quiet.   Lenox road used to be like that, now it is mostly apartment buildings.  They are ok, b

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What if?

I wonder how things would change, If it is even possible, Perhaps only by grace can such a thing happen, If when looking into the face of a person truly evil, Or thought to be so by human standards, By any standard if the truth be told, One who has caused pain and misery Beyond comprehension On untold numbers. What if Looking upon such a one. Hated. Reviled by all, What if by a miracle of grace and healing, We saw a creature Loved infinitely by God How would tha

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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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What if we did not know how it would end?

What if we did not know how it would end? (Day before Palm Sunday 2014) We are at a disadvantage when mediating on Holy Week for we know the ending after all. What if we did not know how it ended, if we were with the Apostles during the time that we call Holy Week? I think it would be a different experience entirely. A man who was a healer, beloved of the people, a healer suffered a terrible fate. A fate that we can read about just about everyday in our newspapers, or in our history

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What if St. Thomas did not see and touch the Risen Lord?

What if St. Thomas did not see and touch the Risen Lord? St. Thomas would not believe the 10 apostles when they said that they saw the risen Lord. He demanded proof. He did not trust the word of his fellow disciples of Jesus. What if Jesus did not come and appear to him? Would be right? Did the apostles see the Risen Lord, or would St. Thomas be right. Or would St. Thomas have lost out if he did not experience the Risen Lord, would he have left the assembly and missed out on having

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What grace is?

What grace is? There is little I understand at all, our most important questions go unanswered, we walk in a fog much of the time, yet I trust that life is about something more, that what we see and feel and experience is just the tip of something bigger, though the road to discovery is often painful and fraught with pain and sorrow, yet I see beauty as well and my longings calling me to go deeper. Perhaps that is what grace is, the longing that calls us to keep search

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What everyone appreciates

What everyone appreciates Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. Quote from the Dalai Lama To speak from ones heart, to try to live by ones faith or central philosophy, does not give anyone the right to brow beat others into submission. If our lives don's shine forth the truth we say we believe, then it is best to not say anything. Seeds are planted through deeds of love and

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What Eddie learned from his life review after

What Eddie learned from his life review after he died     Eddie thought he was a loser. He more or less inherited his job from his dad who was troubled and abusive towards his family. When reviewing his life, in order to learn the secret of heaven, five people have waited for him to help him understand his life and its meaning.   There are of course flash backs and, some quite painful that cause Eddie to experience a great de

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What do you want?

What do you want? The man look down trodden as we talked, world weary and bitter he seemed to me, he would not look up as he spoke, in low tones hard to hear. What is it you want I asked? Freedom from myself he responded, from my desires that drive me mad, my fears that give me no rest, inner emptiness that brings craving, I long for these self imposed chains to be gone. I said nothing, but waited, he continued: I know what I must do, yet I refuse, am I mad, or what, to cling to wh

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What do I really believe?

What do I really believe? “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa Many people believe that faith is some form of absolute assurance.  I do not believe that.  From my own limited experience, there will always be room for some doubt.  I think that is healthy and when ‘doubt’ is rejected and pushed underground it can manifest itself in other ways.  Being overly defensive as opposed to simply sharing one's faith a

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What do I really believe?

What do I really believe? “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa Many people believe that faith is some form of absolute assurance. I do not believe that. From my own limited experience, there will always be room for some doubt. I think that is healthy and when ‘doubt’ is rejected and pushed underground it can manifest itself in other ways. Being overly defensive as opposed to simply sharing one's faith and viewpoin

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What defines us?

What defines us? Our past does have an affect on us, but it does not define us. It is our 'hard' choices that allow us to grow and heal. One of the hardest choices is to trust in the process of our lives.....the deeper the struggle the freer the choice when made.

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What consumes

What consumes Jesus said an interesting thing to his family in the Gospel of John? “The world cannot hate you but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil”. We all know that there is much wrong not only in our own cultures, but actually in every culture throughout history and perhaps it may be getting worse. Evil seems to be that which consumes all that is around it, objectifying everything, seeing and valuing things and people on a scale that is narcissist to its core

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