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Love your enemies...Really!?!

Love your enemies. Really!?! When we get it, we lose it, gods can be messy beings, just us in bigger form, best to let it go and love the mystery.   When I read the Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testament, I have more in common with what is going on in the time before Christ.  When I read the words of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount, and on the Plain, I will often feel lost.  I read it, ponder it, pray about it, yet I know that I still don’t get it, or to put it in a b

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Facing our inner chaos with faith

Facing our inner chaos with faith   When all seems confused and inconsistent, then you must turn to Me with an even greater confidence, for I remain all wisdom, all love, all mercy, and nothing escapes My providence. Have no fear, for I remain constant even when you are inconstant.1 I am strong when you are but weakness. I am holiness itself when everything in you seeks compromise   A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart --The Journal of a Priest at Prayer (Kindle

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How do I say it in the right way?

How do I say it, do it, and am I doing it right? A retreatant came up to me yesterday and thanked me for giving him a rosary last year, while on retreat.  He still has it and showed it to me.  He wanted to ask me if he was saying the rosary correctly.  So I asked him how he said it, and he explained it to me.  So after he explained how he said it, I said, yes, sounds like you got it.  Then I added, there is no wrong way to say the rosary, each person will say it in their own unique way.  For i

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Prayer and the Expanding Heart

Prayer and the Expanding Heart   The human heart is very complex, often fearful, and quick to withdraw, placing up barriers to keep others out.  It is a form of both protection and death since it can become a self-made prison.   Some people need to be kept at a distance for many reasons, not all of them bad, but so dysfunctional that they only have their own pain to give.  At the beginning of one’s journey towards becoming more loving, which could be many years, discernment is needed.  For c

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You can’t stop it, so get over it

You can’t stop it, so get over it, live your life I do not mind aging for myself, (though in my friends, well I do not like it, they're getting older) in any case, it cannot be stopped, little bits here and there reduced or lost, and body parts once taken for granted have to be attended to because of pain, energy levels lower and by 3 PM, well, let us say, I do get by, I read and doze off, then read again, my eyes work better on some mornings than others, quite a litany, so commo

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Prison, lonliness and the human condition

The deep joy of writing prisoners and what I have learned Loneliness is a form of invisibility that only heals when one is truly seen, to the depths, deeper than one is aware of, and yet……loved.—Br.Md I have mentioned before how I got involved with writing prisoners, well, by accident.  A much as I love to write, I have never before I started writing prisoners really wrote letters at all.  It simply started one day when a monk asked me if I would like to write a convict, about four years

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Taking our faith for granted

Taking our faith for granted   The emptiness of My churches apart from the hours of the liturgical offices is an indictment, first of all, of My priests, and then, of My faithful. My Eucharistic presence meets with coldness, with indifference, and with a chilling ingratitude, even on the part of My priests and of consecrated souls. They fail to recognize in the mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist the pearl of great price, the treasure once hidden in the field but now offer

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Which Cross will you carry?

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

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Faith, Trust and A friend's powerful story

A Friend's Story, on how She learned that She is Never Alone The exercise of faith increases faith. The exercise of confidence causes confidence to grow. One who approaches My tabernacle in faith is giving evidence of a complete reliance on My merciful love. The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is My Heart, open to receive those who will respond to My timeless invitation: “Come unto Me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, becau

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The tragedy and beauty of our lives

The tragedy and beauty of our lives Such a difference in those I meet Lord, some tall, others skinny, and short and fat, with burdens hidden from others, and deep wounds that not seen, yet bleed, it is a wonder that we even begin a new day, up in the morning doing the same routine, over, and over, and over again.  Fatigue and lack of sleep, too much noise, and frantic movement, loud music, and horns, sirens, and planes, TV and Radio, news promoting fear and Lord, how it works……so much fea

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Prodigal son

Prodigal son (The world our heart dwells in) So the “Prodigal son” is by himself, alone, bereft of friends, hungry and literally living in a pig-sty.  Who knows how long he has been away from his family and probably never thought about them, or when he did, it was perhaps in mockery and disdain.  Being thoughtless, he used his money to buy friends and indulged in pleasures that would keep him from thinking any deeper than where the next party or pleasure will come from.  It most likely was

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“Where your treasure is there also will your

“Where your treasure is 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 acte

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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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Being conned, what to do?

Being conned, what to do? October 4—“Above all, confidence! When you have an anxiety and you can do nothing about it, just think, ‘He will straighten that out for me’—and go back into the peace within Me.”   Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 630-632). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.     I received a letter from one of the prisoners that I am corresponding with.  I will call him Jason.  He is 55 years old, and in jail for three different felonies.  Parole violatio

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When life feels cold and dark

When life feels cold and dark and I am naked and shivering within (When I am afraid, I put my trust in you)---Psalm Sometimes I feel fear.  It is when I become strongly aware of the suffering that goes on around me.  On how common it is to have sick friends, people I love who are dying and my own aging as well.  It is as if everything I tell myself about my faith and hope drops away and I am left shivering in a cold dark place.  I do not like it ‘here’, but I also know that it is just like e

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When life feels cold and dark

When life feels cold and dark and I am naked and shivering within (When I am afraid, I put my trust in you)---Psalm 56:3 Sometimes I feel fear.  It is when I become strongly aware of the suffering that goes on around me.  On how common it is to have sick friends, people I love who are dying and my own aging as well.  It is as if everything I tell myself about my faith and hope drops away and I am left shivering in a cold dark place.  I do not like it ‘here’, but I also know that it is just li

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Grace, is in reality, God-seeking each of us

Grace, is in reality, God-seeking each of us in our lives   I remain unknown. I am left alone. Even those who claim to profess the mystery of My real presence in the Sacrament of the Altar forsake Me. I am treated with a terrible indifference, with coldness, and with a lack of respect that causes the angels to weep because they cannot offer Me reparation for the coldness and indifference of human hearts.1 Only men can make reparation for men.2 What is lacking is the loving response of a huma

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Of that yes, we must be afraid

Of that yes, we must be afraid “Jesus is the Lord, and before Him physical death is like sleep: there is no reason to despair. A different [thing] is the death to be afraid of: that of the heart hardened by evil! Of that yes, we must be afraid!” the pope said July 1. “It is the death of the heart.”—Pope Francis There are people who have a strong reaction when it comes to the concept of ‘sin’.   Understandable, because it can be used to instill the wrong kind of guilt.  The concept of sin, in

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When we discover when God is enough

"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

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Bringing Christ to others

Bringing Christ to others May 25, 1937—Rennes, in the train. “Why should you create solitude for yourself if I want you before the public? (then tenderly) My beloved little child, take Me, Me to others. Be Christlike.” Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 354-356). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition. About a year ago, a man came to speak to me about some of his struggles.  Which were heavy, and without letup. Yet he still loved those who hurt him, and reached out to hi

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The Inner Light

The Inner Light (Belongs to no one, but to all) May 19—Paris. In the metro. “I am the Host. You are the monstrance. The golden rays are the blessings I give through you.” Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 352-353).| Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.   Jesus said that he is in the ones that we would normally hate.  In the downtrodden, the poor, those on the fringe.  Yet as soon as we begin to hate any group, they also belong to those on the outer edges. 

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Becoming Jesus

Becoming Jesus March 10—Crossing the Saint-Nicolas, Nantes. “I am no longer on earth, so take My place.” Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 306-307). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition.   I do believe, that the Lord does speak to us today, through certain men, and women.  These communications are based on the Lord’s desire to draw us deeper into communication with Himself, based on his revelation of the Father to humanity.  For to see Jesus, is to see the Father.  Jesus

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What is the present moment?

What is the present moment? Live, then, in the present moment. Choose to be faithful to Me in the little things that I give you and ask of you from minute to minute, from hour to hour, and from day to day.3 It is foolish to pin your hopes and to spend your energy on an imaginary good, when the real good that I offer you is here and now. A Benedictine Monk. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart-- The Journal of a Priest at Prayer  (Kindle Locations 3220-3223). Angelico Press. Kindle E

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Who says!! Thoughts on the aging process

Who says!! 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

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Your longing to love, this is love

Your longing to love—this is love February 14—In a car. “You saw My kindness in the face of that young girl? Be like that always. If My followers were good to one another, the face of the world would be transformed.” “Your longing to love—this is love . . .” “In your soul there is a door that leads to the contemplation of God. But you must open it.” February 17—“Don’t Bossis, Gabrielle. He and I (Kindle Locations 284-288). Pauline Books and Media. Kindle Edition. The Christian

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