Saturday, November 30, 2013
We had a visiting priest last weekend and his homily is one that will stay with me for a long time. This can be considered by anyone, a Christian, an atheist, a Moslem, a Jew, a Hindu or anyone. I am taking some editorial leeway and stretching his message to include my friends and others who are not Christian. But I want to bring home his point. Consider for a moment that there does exist an entity that actually created the world. This entity has the power to create or destroy any and all things that anyone can think of. This entity created you, your friends, your parents, your brothers or sisters and any and all people in the world today back through to the beginning of time and in the future to the end of time. This entity created all the plants, bugs, dogs, cats and cows. Everything that is came from this entity. No name for now just dream a little let the hopeful part of you feel this reality. Now the wonderful thing is that this entity can present as a human with the ability to talk, listen and empathize. For the purposes of this story this entity does present as a human. This human decides that you have earned 1 hour of their time to do what you will. How will you spend the hour? What will you say.
The priest went on say that a common person might collect all the books, and research about the beginning of the earth, the secrets of the universe and the secrets to happiness. When the entity arrived, this individual might then ask all those questions trying to learn the keys to life.
After 55 minutes of being drilled by this person the entity finally said
"STOP, are you sure you want to use the whole hour to learn more? Does not learning just create more questions? Where is the certainty in that? Why not just sit by me and have a cup of coffee, or tea or a soda? Lets just visit. I want to get to know you. Tell me about your dreams, your hopes."
This individual stopped asking questions. A slight tears appeared and a big smile came upon this persons face.
"You mean I can just be in your presence and visit? I don't have to be ambitious and thrive to perfect myself"
" Yes, that is all I want. I want you to know that I Love you and that all your mistakes are forgiven. I want you to be peaceful, happy and calm. Just sit and visit with me for the last 5 minutes and tell me what you did today. "
This person then brought some drinks and spent the last 3 minutes of the hour just visiting. Then the appointment was over. With only 30 seconds left the person asked one final question.
"What should I do now, I have made so many mistakes?"
I created you perfect as you are right now. I want you to Love and serve your fellow humans.
Friday, August 30, 2013
http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=c4-feed-c&v=AaUaKHjxYy4 This short two and a half minute video is one of the best shorts about addiction I have seen. It comes at a very important time in our society when addiction is eating our society alive. Deepak Chopra is a very good teacher. He is not a god, or a guru or an evil secularist. He is a MD, who studied meditation and believes in a broader definition of Creation. He is not an enemy of Christians or of any faith based group who believe in monotheist peaceful coexistence.
As a devout Christian and Maronite Catholic I can understand how some would be turned off by his teaching. At times he speaks of Christ head, or oneness or mindfulness which sounds much like Buddhist teaching. This language and concepts can be found in Eastern Christian Theology. But remember, just like when you sat in Math class or Art or History and learned somethings, decided other things were not worth learning and daydreamed without listening. Information is present for us to learn. Then we give it to our Creator, the Trinity who dwells within and amongst us. We then discern it as truth or false teaching. When it is truth it helps us deal better with the world. We have the freedom in America to take it or leave it. Nothing more, nothing less. As Christians we also have the freedom to seek and ask questions. Learning, teaching is still one of the most important activities of our society. With all education we must be aware of false teachers. That is the danger of giving our full attention to worldly spiritual teachers. Some are false teacher seeking your attention, wanting to sell you something or even leading you to destructive paths. Learn what you can but do not forget.... none of what you hear is ever a replacement for a loving relationship with Jesus Christ that is nurtured and made whole by prayer, forgiveness, and regular participation in the Eucharist celebration that occurs weekly at the Diving Liturgy.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Silence is the phenomenon that brings our culture together as one. http://youtu.be/uaMVKnpsDA8?t=10m25s .
Friday, May 31, 2013
So for sake of conversation AND, to be honest, I wanted see the reaction I might get if I made a comment to a few friends that I was moving to the right. I was becoming more conservative. A few agreed but did not engage. One very intelligent friend suggested I read a book called God's Politics by Tom Wallis. I looked at the book and the reviews and it seemed to present a very liberal view of how God might or should impact our political thought and actions. I still will read the book, but with caution and prayer. I also had a conversation with a person I have liked and respected for many years. She quoted me the Boston Catechism about conscience. I could not counter her statement that generally if your conscience is different with what the Church teaches than you are OK to vote or make worldly decisions with your conscience as the guide. Conscience trumps the teaching of religious leaders? I wondered. Was the Pope wrong? Was the magisterium wrong? I had some discerning to do. I left the meeting thinking, I may be in the wrong political party. Maybe I should just become an unenrolled independent citizen and vote my conscience. I will think about this some.
I reviewed my Year of the faith email today. I have been participating in a Year of Faith program that facilitates the reading of the Catholic Catechism in one year. I was pleasantly surprised to see todays topic the exact challenge that I was struggling with. Day 227 How to Form and Follow Your Conscience Seems the holy Spirit decided to assist with my discernment. Praise God. I believe that coincidences are usually for a reason and many times are the holy Spirit intervening. Not always, but in this case it seemed to be clear. The caveat to my friends comments was that the conscience can be poorly formed. It can be based on erroneous information. How do you decide. As a practitioner of contemplative prayer now for more than 20 years, I usually give it to God in prayer, and I reach a very confident conclusion in most cases. I have been reading the magisterium as well which I think is important to be sure your conscience is formed in communion with the Truth.
Additionally, an exceptional blogger Robert Sylvester wrote related blog today. Church-Secular-or-Mystical?
So my plan going forward it to NOT join any one-sided party platforms or activists groups. I really like the idea of a bipartisan effort, that I wrote about in my last blog.
Enough for today. OnWard
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Margaret Thatcher said "Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by traffic from both sides”.
If both sides are extreme and unwilling to compromise the only reasonable place to be is in the middle. Right? I am not sure. Political research says most Americans, yes a majority, are in the moderate middle when it comes to social and political positions. We all know or have a family member who is far right or far left in their thinking. They are many times the minority at a family gathering, taking hard positions on this or that topic often times raising minute issues that in the end represent extreme positions. When our Democratic process provides only extremes to vote for what are we to do? Vote independent? Not vote? Get involved.
This article is a good article that argues that non-medicine intervention is the best course for treatment of ADHD. But I believe the comentary about the French culture and the suggestion that ADHD is ONLY a behavorial issue is eroneous. There are many well behaved ADHD diagnosed children and adults who have great difficulty in focusing, sitting still or staying on task, but to suggest a whole ethnic approach is better seems very prejudice. Remember our American values, stemming from the Constitution provide for freedom and expect self-discipline in deciding where the line of freedom ends and responsibility begins. That makes treatment of ADHD more of a challenge in American society. How much freedom do you give to children? Any? Too much discipline can bring ACE (adverse childhood experiences) and border on abuse. Too little then you have the spoiled brat syndrome. This simplistic solution simply hammers our American values and only serves to further erode public truth about how people develop. This is POP psychology at its worst.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I have served as a counselor, a member of a number of boards and as a parent. What I hear from loved ones, or friends remains in my head and becomes the subject of my prayers for others. Just between me and God. period. A gossip goes about telling secrets, but one who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a confidence. Proverbs 11:13
The only exception to this is where a there appears to be an indication of harm to a child or others. Like many professionals I am a mandatory reporter.
Friday, April 5, 2013
I fully agree with the theory that to give some one meaningful work is one of the most therapeutic things you can do. Or, for someone to loose their job for reasons that do not seem fair. Why is our country struggling? There is not enough work that our workforce can do. Companies are holding their dollars and scrutinizing new hires for high technical skills that many of our workforce simply do not have, nor do they have the means or opportunity to obtain those needed skills.
So I just keep putting one foot in front of another. Making contacts, requesting opportunities, praying, meditating, walking, cooking dinner and ..... being mindful of our Creator as I understand OUR Creator to be. One Day at a time.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
If God is with me, who can be against me.