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Love Is A Force Multiplier

I love Marianne Williamson! Her voice is loud and clear and speaking Truth. I discovered her book, Return to Love, in 2014 when my mom was ill and since then have cherished and listened to her words. They resonate where I feel like we are similar. I’m underneath it all now bubbly because she began a exploratory to examine running for president and two weeks ago announced “Now is our time.”

This video I listened to today on Valentines Day 2019 from a TED Talk in Traverse City, Mi. in 2013. I was like ok I’ll listen in real quick b/c I love Traverse and live in Mi. She ‘s a maverick and been talking and giving speeches and lectures like this for 30 years professionally. So she’s not new to speaking and creating dynamism.

In her own words, “May it manifest in a way that is light and a blessing and a gift to us all. I’m going to lay it down as best I can. About the story of America. About our democracy. About our economy and our economic system. About our children. About race. About waging peace. And every other topic that has been gathering steam in my heart just waiting for the day when I could sing it out loud and shout it out as best I can. I’m going to do my best to do my best. With your help, and with God’s, something incredible can happen here. Many thanks to all of you. God Bless the world.” – Marianne Williamson

The Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

In Dr. King’s immortal words, “Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only Love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Ephphatha — that is, Be opened!

When we consider Jesus’ healings in the light of God’s coming kingdom we might be surprised not by the power of God’s plan, but by the gentleness of his love. God’s rule is made manifest not in a display of power, subjugating all of humanity to himself by force, but in the renewed humanity of a once-mute man.

God’s kingship is not imposed on the world from outside, as though he would oppress us with his power. Rather, God’s rule takes root in the renovation of human hearts. – Fr. Daniel O’Mullane

Beautifully written Homily (or perfect words) for today’s reading, Father Dan. Thank You! Wanted to share your thoughts with others who are out there wondering what Jesus is up to. Read complete post on Father Dan’s Blog

for Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sept 5, 2018.

 

Find The Place

You have to find the place
of no effort within yourself.
But don’t employ the mind for this.
Your mind itself implies effort
and it will try to ‘do’ no effort—and to ‘be’ nobody.
This itself takes great effort and, in fact, is impossible.
But even ‘great effort’ and the one apparently making it
are seen in a space of no effort.
In the ‘no-effort’ place—you are.
– mooji

Praying Mantis Symbolism

Two weeks ago I noticed this enormous insect at the entrance of Fafa, then this week he hung out around the fern at the yellow triangle door. Finally looked up to find it was a Praying Mantis, mantis means prophet in Greek. Here’s some info I’ve compiled about our visitor while he stayed for a time.

If you know anything about the praying mantis, it will come as no shock that this insect is the paramount spiritual symbol of stillness and patience. The praying mantis takes its time in all that it does. It takes care to pay diligent attention to its surroundings, and moving through life at its own pace. It serves as a reminder for humans to slow down in our chaotic, fast-paced lives.

The praying mantis also teaches us how to still our bodies and go within our own mind. By doing this, we can connect with ourselves, drawing up greater physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual power. This stillness and concentration is a form of meditation, a practice that the mantis places much importance in.

Wisdom emerges when we are still and quiet, sensing and feeling rather than thinking critically. It comes with experience, age, and being, rather than traditional schooling. It cannot be obtained through arrogance.

The praying mantis meaning has a variety of traits: temperance, quietness, awareness, calmness, clairvoyance, patience, mindfulness and innovation. These insects are well known for their pre-strike pose, which is a popular symbol of balance and patience in and of itself.

In fact, the Chinese honor the praying mantis for its elegant, mindful, and contemplative movements. By reminding ourselves to have patience with ourselves in our own movement, we, like the mantis, can grow in our wisdom. They remind us to have patience in acquiring the things we want and to remain balanced throughout the duration of the wait.

If a praying mantis strikes too soon, its prey gets away. Because of this, it has evolved to be patient: so patient, in fact, that it will not budge unless it is 100% positive that it is the correct thing to do. This acts as a direct message to us, reminding us to contemplate our movements just as carefully and precisely.

When our timing is off, we may generate an unnecessary (and unpleasant) struggle or blow an opportunity entirely. Through stillness, awareness, and balance, we can hear and recognize the perfect moment. We must listen to the voice that speaks to us with openness, not fear. If we have patience, the right moment will come, and we will succeed.

 

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Man is a unity of body and spirit

Man is a unity of body and spirit which makes him utterly distinct from the rest of creation. “Man is not merely an evolution but rather a revolution,” muses G.K. Chesterton.

What makes humans so special
Immortal Spirit
Made like God
Saved by God