OFF THE CUFF Writing
Today finalizes June, which spread a chaotic wave of two sides arguing, slandering and hating each other with no compassion and conflict resolution in sight. The media goes nowhere, it just wants to crush us, and that can be demoralizing. I shout out ‘Bunk!’ Instead it suffices me to hear just one hour of news from each side daily, then cradle a Bible verse I can mull over for guidance. Like moi, why not try this to realize how much more peace will permeate your daily living.
“The one who prays is not afraid of the future.” –-Mary at Medjugorje
Like the Centurion spoke to Jesus, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” –Matthew 8:5
Let us be like Jesus who with compassion: “Took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.” —Matthew 8:-17
“And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.” —1 John 5:15
Prayerfully may July be less notorious and families enjoy some kind of summertime fun.
Joan of Arc (1414 – 1431) Patron of France and Soldiers
When I was growing up in France I marveled at the sites Joan is famous for – Orleans and the Rheims Cathedral.
She was only 13-year-olds when she began to hear heavenly voices and obeyed them because she tried to do what she thought God wanted of her.
The English and French were forever battling to claim the French throne. Joan determined to reclaim Orleans and have Charles VII crowned Dauphin of France. A year after this victory, the English captured Joan, charged with heresy and burned at the stake on May 31, 1431.
“She (Joan of Arc) put her dreams and her sentiment into her aims, where they ought to be; she put her practicality into her practice. In modern wars, the case is reversed. Our dreams, our aims are always, we insist, quite practical. It is our practice that is dreamy.”
GOOD SUNDAY AFFIRMATION
Jesus said to Sister Briege McKenna, mystic and faith healer
“You can never know my generosity if you yourself will not put me first.”
Am I growing in love? Am I willing your good through my love?
O, Lord, help me not to flinch!
Self Portrait of Patricia Govenensky
Patricia was one of the first artists to inspire my writing with her bright colors and graceful contours. I hope the following writing quotes will spark your interest.
“Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” –Annie Proulx
“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” –Lisa See
“One sure window into a person’s soul is his reading list.” –Mary B.W. Tabor
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” –Natalie Goldberg
“Write what should not be forgotten.” –Isabel Allende
“Everything you need to know can be achieved by attempting to write” –Danny Shapiro...and so I do
Happy reading and writing this summer!
Evil is all around – time to rise up and fight it!
There are many things we can do when we take a step of faith. That’s when Jesus builds us up to victory. I kindly propose these suggestions:
How will I bring light to the world around me?
Who can I lessen the burden of loneliness?
How can I help my next door neighbor?
There is power in God’s Grace to rise up against evil.
PS: my to-do list is forming. What about yours?
“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” —Maya Angelo