Thursday, April 30, 2009
And then the thought hit me, perhaps he has the perfect self image. He's forever telling us that he's strong and showing off his muscles but the bottom line is he is perfectly content with how he looks. So we're not born with doubt, we learn it.
It's seems everyone today has issues with some part (or perhaps all) of their body. Too fat, too thin, too short, too tall, not pretty enough, don't like my nose, my hair, my weight, my feet, my legs...you get the picture. Although we should all eat sensibly and get as much exercise as possible, body image is an obsession in society today. And that's not what God intended...He made us in His image...He tells us that our bodies are a temple but other than that, He's not too specific. God doesn't dictate beauty as being this height and this weight with this hair color and this skin tone with a certain type of nose and hands, He made us...end of story. Oh, He also says repeatedly in Genesis that He made this or that and "it was good"...so God believes in His creation but we constantly want to change it to fit the image that Hollywood dictates.
Don't know about you but I think I'm going to work on appreciating the wonder and beauty that is me as God made me and not listen to those who get paid to belittle me because I don't fit a certain criteria.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Lord You have always given, bread for the coming day;
though I am poor, today I believe.
Lord You have always given, strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak, today I believe.
Lord You have always given, peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart, today I believe.
Lord You have always kept, me safe in trials;
and now tried as I am, today I believe.
Lord You have always marked, the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden, today I believe.
Lord, you have always lightened this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here, today I believe.
Lord You have always spoken, when the time was ripe;
and though You be silent, today I believe.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
One commenter summed up the feelings of many when she said "The name on the front of the church is less important than what they church believes and how they live that out". Many describe themselves not as Catholic, Methodist or Baptist but as Christian.
One statistic that caught my eye was the number of "unaffiliated" (don't attend church) who had objections to religious people or institutions. It's not that they don't believe in God, they have issues with the churches. How many in our community don't attend because of misconceptions about us? Since they do believe, it gives us an open door to reach through. We must ask ourselves, if a stranger comes in contact with us, will he see Christ amongst us?
Monday, April 27, 2009
Lord, give me the ability to persist through tedium, to survive without
the oxygen of recognition, praise and stroking to do some good things
every day which are only seen by God.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Asbo Jesus is a blog from the UK and even though some of the issues he lists don't apply to us in the US, we can certainly add some of our own.
Anger can motivate but it can also consume. It can motivate us to respond to perceived wrongs with passion but not unless let it go and respond calmly and rationaly. Lashing out in anger puts everyone on the defensive. Gentle actions will open the door to dialogue and pave the way for transformation. We must control and use our anger or it will surely use us.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Why is it so hard for us to understand that we are sent to fulfill God's tasks? We go through life as if we have to choose when, where, how and with whom to live. We act as if we were put here and have to decide how to entertain ourselves until we die.
When we begin living with the conviction that we were put here with a purpose and that God has a job for each of us, He will reveal what we were meant to do. Life lived for Him is the path to peace and fulfillment.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Stained glass window at Auschwitz
Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It has been over 60 years since the Holocaust. To the survivors, the Holocaust remains real and ever present, but for some others, it seems a part of ancient history.
In general Yom Hashoah has been observed with candelighting, remembrances, prayers and singing. Often, 6 candles are lighted to represent the 6 million who died. The fought, suffered and were murdered. This day is important to all. It is a reminder of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred and indifference reign.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Living community in whatever form - family, parish, twelve-step program, or intentional community - challenges us to come together at the place of our poverty, believing that there we can reveal our richness.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
When June rolled around, Pete was still siting at home remembering graduation day. Pete's school is one of the best in the state and many of his friends earned scholarships to big schools. He still remembers feeling jealous when the crowd applauded after the principal announced each scholarship. "What are you going to do, Pete?" his friends kept asking. He's still trying to come up with an answer.
It will soon be graduation...don't wait until the last minute to decide...college, trade school or apprenticeship...what's your choice?
Friday, April 17, 2009
Archbishop Timothy Dolan
It is human nature to "problem solve". We face issues in our lives and begin the process of working them out. This will usually include feeling sorry for ourselves. Self-pity always colors our results, usually in a bad way. Some will be motivated to find the best result while others will wallow in pity for a while until an answer becomes obvious. Notice I said "an answer" not necessarily "the answer". Just coming up with a solution may not be the best course. We need the right solution. Pity clouds our vision...turning our eyes to God and asking..."Father what should I learn from this", "how can I use this to serve You and others", "what is your solution" will always, always lead us down the right path. While He may not answer as quickly as you'd like, His answer will always be the "right" one!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This statue includes almost 30,000 Lego's and I must say is quite impressive. I heard yesterday that some thought it irreverent because of the media used to build it. It took the students a year and a half to build...when was the last time you spent that much time thinking of our Lord?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
We're told over and again not to judge a book by it's cover and yet we do. We are quick to point out that this one or that is too fat or not polished or plain. We are looking with our faulty human eyes. Thankfully there are those who stand up to the criticisms and put their God given talent on display...and take our breath away. Take time to watch such a moment:
(Did I mention I LOVE this song?)
Monday, April 13, 2009
An unusual large galaxy has been spotted by NASA's Hubble Space telescope. NGC 7049 sits in the southern constellation Indus and is the brightest of a cluster of galaxies. Hubble captured this image using it's Advanced Camera for Survey's which is primed to hunt galaxies and galaxy clusters in the remote and ancient universe. Given that we are just finishing the Easter season, I loved the image.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34)
Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise (Luke 23:43)
Woman, behold your son; behold your mother (John 19:26-27)
Eli Eli lama sabachthani? (My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?) (Matthew 27:46/ Mark 15:34)
I thirst (John 19:28)
It is finished (John 19:30)
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46)
Untold pages have been written concerning these sayings...He shows us His love and compassion in the midst of horrific pain and suffering...truly He is the Son of God.
Friday, April 10, 2009
When onlookers sneered "He saved others; He cannot save Himself" they could not see that only because He had never thought of saving Himself could anyone be saved at all. And those who shouted "If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross" could not see that it was because He was the Son of God that He would not come down.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Maundy comes from the Latin word "mandatum" meaning command. In John 13 we receive the words of Christ, "A new commandment I give unto you". Today we commemorate the Last Supper and receive the Eucharist. "Do this in remembrance of me".
After the supper, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples and prepares them to continue His work. Before His betrayal, he walks to the garden to pray and in agony asks "Father, let this cup pass from me...but not my will but Thine be done". He knows death is near and yet He continues toward it without flinching...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
And what was Jesus doing during this time? From Matthew 26:
6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. 9"This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
10Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
It is Holy Week and this Sunday we celebrate the greatest of all Christian joys. Let us remember the words of St. Ignatius: "Pray for the gift of being able to feel sorrow with Jesus in sorrow, to be anguished with Jesus' anguish and to even experience tears and deep grief because of all the afflictions which Jesus endures for me."
Sunday, April 5, 2009
If you act brave, you will become brave. If you act kind, you will become kind. If you act courageous, you will become courageous. No one is perfect all at once. But you can become all that God wants you to be.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Those four little words "All shall be well" are His assurance that not matter how horrible things may seem, everything is going to be all right. We do not have to be afraid. Even though it may seem the world is a total mess, the bad times will pass...and God's love will see us through.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
God calls us to do these things but I think He wants us to be able to fight the good fight but still maintain joy. After all, does He not call us to come to him as little children? When my children were very young I had the blessing to be able to be a stay at home mom for a few years. We listened to music often (on vinyl no less)...I can still see Kate dancing around the living room whenever she heard this song...
Dancing with joy and abandon...I bet God was smiling along with us...