The Desert Fathers have left us a legacy of how to experience union with God in the quiet silence of the desert. This short story by Abba Zeno encapsulates wisdom for the soul.
“If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.”
…may these remaining weeks of Lent sanctify our union with God…
Rainbow with Ocean by Reina Cottier
Yesterday sitting in the pew, listening to the Gospel of Luke 6:27-38, I heard a phrase come out of it: Love, not hate. It seems the world near and far is screaming this reality. Now my Lenten focus is clear; not about giving up something, rather, seeing the urgency to pray more fervently for our world’s dilemma. Luke’s challenges give us many choices. These three pierce my heart to action:
Do good to haters
Bless those who curse us
Pray for those who mistreat us
If you agree with Mandela and moi, join us becoming fervent prayer warriors – our world is worth saving! Let us all Love, not hate.
To My Dear Friends at WordPress
Oh la la!
Let’s celebrate February with loving kindness
I hope you do agree…
“February the month of Love?!! No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.”
By Dinesh Kumar Biran
Painting by Ron DiCianni
A Challenge – A Cry for Life Before Death
My heart bleeds anew with anguish…
The state of New York has declared a further blow against LIFE in the womb, even after birth. Can you imagine that horror? 61 Million potential human beings have been aborted in America since 1973. With this unconscionable action, can America really call itself the most successful nation in the world? I know, NOT! The proponents of this ‘death’ culture even celebrated this new law by illuminating the World Trade Center with pink lights — the travesty against humanity continues — but Hope prevails:
“This is the covenant I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write then upon their minds…their sins and their evildoing I will remember no more.” (Letter to the Hebrews 10:11-18)
My sad heart begs forgiveness.
“Chose love and peace will follow.”
“Choose peace and love will follow.”
By Mary Helen Doyle
Park in Atlanta In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have decided to work with Love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“”We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family
4th Sunday of Advent
The Gospel according to Luke 1:39-45
“The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst. No longer will your Teacher hid himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher. While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:20-21
…let all hearts be open…Emmanuel comes to all…
O Come All Ye Faithful, Joyful and Triumphant
Is there someone around you that is hungry and needing companionship?
Giving of yourself will suffice
Then on Holy Night, Rejoice! You have readied yourself to contemplate
the birth of Jesus Christ