Saatchi Art Red Chair with Window by Paul Wright
INKLING FOR STILLNESS
Four days have past waiting for a technician to restore my Internet connection. So I sat in my favorite chair just thinking, amused by the white noise as I settled in a deep silence which began to tickle my mind. I felt pleasantly detached from the world not missing the chaos I normally avoid except for you my friends at WordPress and email. Finally today the technical resolution arrived…but I do not want to let go of the peace. What more do I really need? Nothing really except to resume writing with joy.
Thankful and reenergized am I for this interlude with silence.
“Good is the Lord to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good to hope in silence for the help of the Lord.” –Lamentations 3:22-26
INKLING FOR WORTHINESS
When Saint Paul wrote to the Romans (4:20-25) about Abraham’s righteousness, we are given the same promise – that our faith in God will be counted.
In life we seem to store up treasures for ourselves, but “to be rich in what matters to God, we are not meant to be servants of greed and fraud (Rita A. Simmonds, poet and author) . Lord, what shall I do with the many treasures surrounding me? To give to the poor is what I must do. Only then will I hope to follow in Abraham’s footsteps.
What are your treasures for the day to give away? May the Holy Spirit always guide you in these precious matters.
INKLING FOR Reading
How marvelous, or scandalous, are the pages in a book that can transport us into the surprise of mystery and knowledge.
This is what I am reading now — it’s intended for the whole world – with the mission to heal.
“This book is a cry from the heart…I have dedicated my life to the Church…the scandal has been for me lacerating.” –Bishop Robert Barron
What I have read so far points to the call of “stay and fight…at the hands of wicked men.”
Have you found a good book to read?
Lady of Charity Painting by Tim Langenderfer
“A soul adorned with the virtue of charity cannot help loving others; for it has discovered the source and font of love — God.” Jean Marie Vianney, Cure’ d’Ars
Good Advice from Dale Carnegie
Ask questions, give thanks
See the goodness in every one
Encourage, be peaceful
“Poeple rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” –Dale Carnegie
Altar of Shiloh
Crazy as this world encroaches on the human spirit, we are reminded to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
I come to the altar with humble vessels
a mix of fear, hope, sorrow and joy
so goodly is life and — dare be your bride.
French spiritual author, Father Jean d’Elbee (+1982) gave retreats saying: “Jesus takes our sins upon himself and we make his merits our own.” At that, a retreatant replied, “My sins on him, his blood on me.”
Image by iStock Photo
Band of sojourners
see the ladder on earth reaching heaven
that by our endurance
we will win the prize at the end
“My home is by your altars, Lord…blessed are those who dwell in your house, they never cease to praise you.” –Psalm 84:4-5