You are all precious to me, and I pray for your deepening trust in Providence. Au Courage!!!!
It will draw many readers and has power to lift consciousness of our bond with all the Cosmos. I especially appreciated your call to take care of our “mother sister Earth! Your newsletter serves developing a deeper perception that everything is connected to everything in the Spirit of Love!
I read the moving account of (Our Memories) and it was very touching, it also made me
miss you and wish there were not so many miles between us.
Thanks, much, for taking the time to create these news letters! Blessings and love returned
Thanks for the recent reflection on the Sunday Gospel about getting along with each other. I could relate to some of the things about being early or late for prayer!! We are funny people . . . . . well, at least I am funny!
But soon after I moved here, I was coming down the stairs one morning and I heard that morning prayer had already started. I knew there were a few minutes yet before the agreed upon starting time and wondered what happened. I found out after that; that sort of thing was happening more than once. So, on another day when someone was about to start and the other member of our community was not there, I spoke up . . . . most uncharacteristic of me!! . . . asking if we knew if So and so was not coming. Well no one knew for sure, but in a minute, here came So and so, just on time. So I felt vindicated. Of course I didn’t gloat too much.
I read with interest your article. I like a lot of your ideas.
As a somewhat retired Lay Minister I do much work in this area. Always have. I did a workshop once on forgiveness and anger. I try to be a good listener and am amazed at what comes forth whether it is in a group setting or one on one. Many times people want to rush reconciliation when it is merely going through the grief process which sometimes takes a long time. I am glad our diocese does such a good job on funerals. I’ve seen amazing turnarounds after being treated in compassionate ways.
I’ve had to learn the hard way how to confront, how to wait until I can speak in love to approach a person. It doesn’t always work out. I really believe in using e-mails for much of this work. It gives you and the other person time to think of their answer.
I believe we need to spend more time on educating people on ways reach a more mature approach to mental illness, avoiding toxic people, stewardship, proper sharing and who to share with. It’s amazing where peace and love happen when you approach it with love. I know many people who are good with being the arbitrator between two people, but that is not where my gifts are. I also believe their are certain ministries where it’s better not to even go. I also believe people need to put in their lives happy events and things are what I call neutral that make for easy sharing. I do find it interesting how God made our relationships so those who are closest to us can grate on our nerves the most.
800 prayer requests — that’s about 25 per day — that is a lot of work to process and respond to!
Thank you very much indeed! I also have sent requests.
I have thought often about the leaven ever since you sent that file to me a while ago.
It stays with me and returns in different situations, or afterwards when I am thinking
about something that happened. I just keeps on revealing itself.
I have always enjoyed working with yeast, especially getting my hands in the dough and turning it over and over and then putting it into a bowl and watch it grow. That is what I think about my faith. I have experienced my faith life in so many different stages – as a child I probably enjoyed participating in the excitement of receiving the sacraments (including the parties and good wishes afterwards). I was so fortunate to have a mother and grandmother who were strong in their faith. I also have to include the religious sisters who taught me. These people of faith gave me the direction I needed. As I grew and married my husband it was another type of growth and I am so fortunate that we both share this faith. I feel that faith is the yeast of my life. Of course, there have been many times when it is hard to know where I am heading with one thing after another working against me. But faith has taught me that I must let go, let God. Some days I can’t do it – I am so engrossed in my problem. Thank God I can think about it and eventually I give in and let God. What a blessing that is! I hope my faith shows through and that I am an example to others. I want all to experience the “extravagant power and love of God in their lives.”
I have one wonderful memory of our young son (now 39!) and Bishop Ken. As you may know, Bishop Ken would go each Catholic school during Catholic Schools week. All the children of Pinconning St. Michael’s loved it when he came.., because he spoke to them, not down to them. It was obvious that he truly cared about even the smallest ones of our diocese. Our school children especially loved it too, because at the end of Mass, he would announce that he was going to talk with the principal and see if he couldn’t arrange a day off from school for them – how they looked forward to that statement each year.
The personal memory is of our youngest son, who must have been in the third grade at that time. There had been a biblical series on television that year and we, as a family, watched it. It was well done and we all learned from it. Well, to make a long story short, Bishop Ken always asked questions of the children during his sermons. One was a bit more difficult and not one hand went up…then, much to my amazement, I saw our son’s hand slowly rise, he was called on and answered the question correctly. When he came home we told him how proud we were that and asked him how he knew the answer – he replied that he remembered it from the biblical series that we had watched. Then he said that the “Pope” was really nice and gave everyone a day off from school!
God bless you for answering God’s call and for the wonderful work you do.
Zacchaeus curiosity about Jesus started when and how? We’re not really told in the Gospel story from Luke 19:1-10. I believe it was from listening to people that had either seen Jesus first hand or had heard stories about his healings and teachings. If so what stories are we telling today to spike one’s curiosity? Thus like all of us, if an important person was going to be in our town we might try and get a glimpse of them from a position where we might have the best visual point. For us that might mean hanging out of a window of a building, standing on top of a car, walking on stilts or climbing a light pole. We too might look a little ridiculous to others but, our curiosity would get the best of us would it not?
Then imagine that important person calling you down and speaking to you saying I must spend some time with you lets go to your house. This important person would not call you by name, for he does not know your name. Your heart is pounding and your emotions are running wild. You alone have this person decided to spend time with verses all the other people. All the other people would be cursing you and asking who do you think you are? Saying look at me I am the important one I have status above all these others.
What would our answer be? Would we be able to think or speak?
From this encounter how would our lives be change or would they be changed?
Zacchaeus did not just meet an important person he met Jesus. Thus in Zacchaeus curiosity which made him to turn to Jesus, Zacchaeus encounters The Son of God. The same way we do today when we turn or return to Jesus.
In this encounter we to are called to clean up our relationships with others. Reminds me of the scripture in Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” What is our gift except our very selves?
Then to we might hear Christ proclaim to us “salvation has come to this house”.
Christ knows us and knows our name and will only denies us if we deny him. As Matthew 10:32-34 points out “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
Before Zacchaeus turn to Jesus he was trusting in his own self and his own possessions. Of which we to can find ourselves are doing today when we take unnecessary detours in our true life’s journey.
So Zacchaeus like us could be looked at by the crowd as a sinner not worthy of anyone’s attention. This is ok for we should not want anyone’s attention we should only want Jesus’s attention. Which means we need to pay attention to Jesus in the many ways that our open to us to be open to Jesus.
Being curious is good sometimes. Being curious about God and allowing nothing to stand in our way to encounter the Son of the living God Christ Jesus, for he is the pivotal point of one true identity and life.
If we embrace each day expectantly and even more so when called to the table of the Word and Eucharist we will be changed and we will find truth, peace and love.
For it is Jesus Christ the Son of God and God the Father and The Holy Spirit that called Zacchaeus by name, whom also calls us by name. Salvation came to Zacchaeus in and through and by Jesus many years ago. Today salvation comes to _______________ (insert your name for Christ wants too) in and through and by Jesus. THANKS BE TO GOD!
What we are to strive for in life is to imitate Christ. To live humanly with all our humanistic instincts and characteristics yet fully turning over our free will to the Father through Jesus Christ with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thus affording us to cooperate completely with the Father’s divine will. As Christ showed us is possible as He too walked in the footsteps of humanity and still cooperated fully with His Father’s divine will.
We, fully human can cooperate fully with the divine will of the Father when we maintain our true status which is in Christ, with Christ and through Christ. The divinity or our true existences well shine forth the divinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is in this state of existence and through this state that the reality of the truth that Christ was and is fully human and fully God gives us a glimpse of the divine mysteries. These divine mysteries keeps us and forms us and bring us peace yet, pushes us forward to what we do not yet see. For the expectation of what is yet to be revealed is the hope for what is yet to be experienced in its complete fullness the anticipated face to face with God.
with Christ Love
bent of the reflection. Encouraging.
just want to say thank you and I think there’s work for us to do in this, a Poor Clare spirituality outreach for the world to build for the future and reaching further
It is really easy for me to get in touch with that feeling of losing something. It is powerful. At this time in our world it seems we have lost a sense of peace and respect for each other. May we find it. May God embrace us all and may we have a great party. Soon…