Have Faith

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We are being sustained by the Source of all Compassion.

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Psalm 56:3

O Most High, when I am afraid, in you I place my trust.

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God is always there for you even when it feels otherwise.

Feelings of God’s Presence are beautiful.

But there are many times when those feelings are absent.

Mother Teresa and many other mystics experienced this void as the “dark night of the soul.”

Even Jesus experienced this feeling on the cross when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

But God had not abandoned Jesus.

Every dark night is eventually followed by the light of dawn.

New life is being birthed.

Death did not have the final say with Jesus.

The resurrection of The Christ followed.

Love has no end.

This is the pattern for everyone and all things.

You are included in this transforming process.

So trustlet go…and awaken.

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Remember…God loves you!

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Love Endures

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Be the compassionate change we so desperately need.

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Mark 3:5

Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

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Jesus was always about healing people, bringing them together and restoring them to wholeness.

But the religious leaders at the time were more concerned about doing their religion.

The law was absolute.

They were angry that on the sabbath…Jesus cured a man’s withered hand and that his disciples were picking heads of grain…breaking the religious rule against doing any labor on the holy day.

Jesus was “angry and grieved at their hardness of heart.”

A religion should be leading its followers to become more merciful, compassionate and forgiving…but, sadly, many times it does the exact opposite. 

Christianity should be leading you to reach out in acceptance and love to others who are in need…just like Jesus did.

It should be leading you on a transformational journey to wholeness, awareness and becoming your true self.

In your time of need…Jesus reaches out his hand to you in unconditional love.

We are called to do the same.

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Love Rules

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May all laws be regulated by compassion.

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Mark 2:23-24

As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”

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Jesus seemed to break many of the religious rules.

He wasn’t against the rules…they just weren’t absolute.

Rules are necessary and a great foundation to build on as you start out in life and to give you general boundaries.

All those early in development…like a child…need definite white and black boundaries.

But as you grow and experience more of life, you will find yourself being drawn into the gray areas where white and black rules become problematic

Jesus allowed his followers to pick heads of grain on the sabbath (when the religious rules did not allow work of any kind) because they were hungry.

Jesus knew that doing the loving thingalways overruled the law.

He still obeyed the rules…but just knew when it was okay to break them!

Life is full of paradox and contradictions.

When confronted with such situations, consult experts, Church teaching and tradition…but first and foremost…follow Jesus’ example.

Then let your conscience make the final determination.

Do what is both compassionate and just.

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Give Glory to God

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When we are our true selves…we truly shine.

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Psalm 50:23

Those who offer praise as a sacrifice honor me.

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It seems that God is more interested in you sacrificing your ego than sacrificing any material things.

Jesus said, “Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’” (Matthew 9:13).

He was echoing what the prophet Hosea had said: “For it is loyalty that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6).

When you sacrifice your ego’s cravings…you are free to give your loyalty to God.

Only then…can you offer God your heart.

Then your true self is revealed.

When you are being your true self…you are being the unique reflection of God that you were intended to be.

As St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is the human person fully alive.”

Just as all creation gives glory to God through its very being…so do we.

But it’s only human beings who seem to have a choice as to whether they are ‘all in’.

On this Martin Luther King Day, we celebrate a man who was all in.

When we wholeheartedly share our gifts and talents for the betterment and goodness of the world (like King) instead of our selfish interests…we are truly praising our Creator.

So be you…with all your heart.

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Good News

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Unconditional Love is Who God is.

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1 Samuel 8:6-7

Samuel was displeased when they asked for a king to judge them. He prayed to the Lord, however, who said in answer: “Grant the people’s every request. It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me as their king.”

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It is the same story repeated throughout thousands of years.

The sons and daughters of God reject the God who made them.

They again and again choose gods of power, prestige and possessions instead.

They…or should I say we…choose to place ourselves at the center of the universe.

Each of us mistakenly believes that we…our individual egos…are the center of all that is.

God allows this…allows us to choose.

But this is not so that we can feel God’s wrath and punishment…but so that we can experience the loving embrace of a God who loves unconditionally.

What better way to be transformed by Love…than to reject the One who loves us…and in return be loved anyway!

This is a Love that causes our hearts to melt…and to then yearn to serve such a wondrous God with our lives.

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Sign of Jonah

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Love will always lead you home.

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Psalm 44:24-25

Awake! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Rise up! Do not reject us forever! Why do you hide your face; why forget our pain and misery?

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Sometimes it feels like God has abandoned us.

If you are suffering in some way and feel as though God is far away…remember that Jesus felt such pain in the most extreme way.

On the cross he cried out to God, “Why have you abandoned me?”

But God was not gone.

Our Loving Creator is always there…holding us silently and eventually leading us to new life.

Suffering seems to be the great mystery.

But it also seems to be the one thing that leads us to let go of one thing…so that another can begin.

Jesus questioned…but also surrendered to what was happening.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

As Jesus hung on the dross…he hung between life and death…arms outstretched embracing it all.

And when all was said and done, the crucifixion was not the end.

Following the death of Jesus…was the resurrection of the Christ!

Jesus showed us the way to transformation and new life

Look to him…and follow!

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Listen

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Are you present to the Divine Presence?

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1 Samuel 3:9-10

When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the Lord came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

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How often are you silent?

Probably not often.

But even if you do find some quiet time…is your mind quiet as well?

I think you’d have to admit…it’s not.

Our minds are constantly chattering away…usually repeating over and over and over judgments and commentaries.

So if God ever wanted to actually say something to you…would you ever be listening?

God speaks in the silence of your heart.

In today’s scripture verse, Samuel had opened a receptive awareness for God to be heard.

He was totally present…so that he could be attuned to the Divine Presence

Try setting aside 20 minutes a day to be silent and to let go of thoughts.

I promise you…your life will change for the better.

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