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Something to meditate on – a verse and a thought

Something to meditate on:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
– James 1:27-27

Quote for the day:


I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
– Elie Wiesel

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A Trinitarian Prayer – Fr. Richard Rohr

A Trinitarian Prayer

In the name of the Holy Formless One,
In the name of the Son, who took Form,
In the name of the Spirit between these Two,
All things are made one.

God for us, we call You Father
God alongside us, we call You Jesus,
God within us, we call You Holy Spirit.
But these are only names.

You are the Eternal Mystery that enables
and holds and enlivens all things
—even us and even me.
Every name falls short of Your goodness and Your greatness.
We can only see who You are in what is.
In the beginning, now, and always. 

Amen

—A prayer accompanying The Divine Dance (CD, MP3) on God as Trinity

Solar – a poem

Solar

On a gray day, when the sun
has been abducted, and it’s chill
end-of-the-world weather,
I must be the sun.
I must be the one
to encourage the young
sidetracked physicist
working his father’s cash register
to come up with a law of nature
that says brain waves can change
the dismal sky. I must be the one
to remind the ginger plant
not to rest on the reputation
of its pungent roots, but to unveil
those buttery tendrils from the other world.
When the sky is an iron lid
I must be the one to simmer
in the piquant juices of possibility,
though the ingredients are unknown
and the day begins with a yawn.
I must issue forth a warmth
without discrimination, and any guarantee
it will come back to me.
On a dark day I must be willing
to keep my disposition light,
I have to be at the very least
on stray intact ray
of local energy, one small
but critical fraction
of illumination. Even on a day
that doesn’t look gray
but still lacks comfort or sense,
I have to be the sun,
I have to shine as if
sorry life itself depended on it.
I have to make all the difference.

~ Thomas Centolella ~

(Views from along the Middle Way)

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Satan’s Beatitudes

I may need to break the “mirrors”!!

Satan’s Beatitudes

If the Devil, whom we don’t hear much about today, were to write his Beatitudes, they would possibly go something like this:

“Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy,too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians in Church —
they are my best workers.

Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked —
I can use them.

Blessed are the touchy, with a bit of luck they may stop going to church —
they are my missionaries.

Blessed are those who are very religious but get on everyone’s nerves —
they are mine forever.

Blessed are the troublemakers —
they shall be called my children.

Blessed are those who have no time to pray —
they are easy prey for me.

Blessed are the complainers —
I’m all ears for them.

Blessed are you when you read this and think it is about other people and not yourself —
I’ve got you.”

Fast From Criticism (for Ash Wednesday)

Fast From Criticism

Don’t speak evil against each
other, my dear brothers and
sisters. If you criticize each
other and condemn each
other, then you are
criticizing and condemning
God’s law. But you are not a
judge who can decide
whether the law is right or
wrong. Your job is to obey it.

James 4:11 NLT

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Catherine Marshall tells of the time she decided to do a -day experiment. Oh, it
really was an eye-opener for her. You see, she had a problem common to most of us. She found it too easy to be critical of others. Well, one morning as she meditated on the verse, “So don’t criticize each other anymore,” (Romans 14:13 TLB) she became aware of the Lord nudging her to not be critical for one day.

Of course she tried to shove it off. But she couldn’t get it out of her mind. So she tried to rationalize her critical attitude. After all, aren’t we to use the intelligence God gave us to analyze and evaluate—even though the results is not always positive? The nudging continued right through the debate going on in her mind until she finally agreed to give the experiment a try—but just for the one day would she fast from criticism.

Through most of the morning she kept wondering what the result would be at the end of the day. The lunch with her husband and friends was normal except for the unusual silence of one person— Catherine. She had not committed to silence, just to not criticizing. It surprised her to realize how much of her conversation was usually critical an judgmental. She was silent only because she couldn’t contribute to the conversation without judging. So, she kept quiet and no one seemed to notice. A sting to the pride as well.

It wasn’t until mid-afternoon that something special began to happen. The floodgate of ideas began to open and creative thoughts flowed through in a way she hadn’t experienced in a long time.

At day’s end she marveled at all that had transpired simply because she refused to entertain a critical attitude. A letter to encourage a friend, insight into praying for a college student, seeking her child’s forgiveness, all filtered through her freely because there was no negative thoughts to stop them.

Catherine’s one-day experiment became a lifetime habit.

Catherine Marshall, Retold by Marilyn K. McAuley

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A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Luke 6:45

Endounters

(Your favorite Hippie wrote this herself back in 2006,so your forgiveness is asked for any and all typos or broken links)

Have you ever read the story of the woman at the well? It’s found in the Bible in the 4th chapter of the Gospel of John (John 4:7-39) . If you haven’t read it before, or haven’t read or in a while, you may want to read it before continuing reading this post.

It is one of those stories that we so-called liberal Christians love because it shows something Conservative Christians don’t really seem to want to understand….Jesus was more concerned about people than “morality”.

Everything, and I do mean everything that Jesus said and did in this encounter with the “woman at the well: was wrong, violating either the mores ( the accepted traditional customs and usages of a particular social group), or “The Law” as thee people of His time understood it.

1) Jesus spoke to a Samaritan and asked for assistance.
The text puts it mildly, when it says that Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans. The Samaritans were to say the least generally despised by the Israelites, and considered them worse than Gentiles.

2) Jesus spoke with a woman and carried on a conversation with her as an equal.

3) Despite the fact that Jesus knows, and point out that the woman had had “five husbands” and s living with a man she us not married to, Jesus does not speak a word of condemnation.

How many times have you heard people say it is their “job” as “Christians” to point out the sins of others? Yet here we have Jesus not saying anything to the woman about her :sin:, not telling her to leave the man she is living with….he is “silent” about her “lover” and her “life-choices”.

Instead he answers her questions and teaches her.

4) It is to this woman that he FIRST reveals that he is the Messiah!!
John 4:25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

5) He sends/”allows” the woman to go and “evangeligize”

When people say that Jesus only chose men to be his “messengers” this is one story they need to re-read honestly!!

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I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on Conservatives for not getting these points. The disciples who lived in close contact with Jesus took awhile to get them.

It is a good thing that Jesus did not wait until they did…..

John 4:39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

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What Cancer cannot do.

(I never suspected that, when I first read this in 2001, that I would need to hear this personally. I need to hear and accept this encouragement for myself. If you know anyone who is living with, or who has had Cancer, consider passing this on to them. – Ninure da Hippie_

WHAT CANCER CAN’T DO

‘There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body’ (1 Corinthians
15:44)


One of the most dreaded sentences a patient might hear is ‘You have cancer’.
These words bring a chill to the heart. Although great progress has been
made in treating cancer, recovery can be long and painful, and some people
do not survive.

An enthusiastic believer in Christ, Dan Richardson, lost his battle with cancer. But his life demonstrated that even though the physical body may be destroyed by disease, the spirit can remain triumphant. This poem was distributed at his memorial service:

Cancer is so limited…

It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the Spirit,
It cannot lessen the power of the Resurrection.

If an incurable disease has invaded your life, refuse to let it touch your spirit. Your body can be severely afflicted, and you may have a great struggle. But if you keep trusting God’s love, and your spirit will remain
strong. – D.C.E.

Why must I bear this pain? I cannot tell;
I only know my Lord does all things well;
And so I trust in God, my All in all,
For he will bring me through, whate’er befall. – Smith.

Our greatest enemy is not disease, but despair.

Rowland Croucher.

(Authors full names unknown)

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