Lenten Contemplations #2

Thursday, March 2, 2017

 

Doing the Right Thing

How do we know what is right, these days? We live in a so-called modern world where everything moves so quickly. We are expected to make rapid-fire decisions concerning our lives and the lives of our families, often with little or no preparation. How do we know what is right, when the pressure is on?

The Ten Commandments may be old but they are just as applicable today as they were a few thousand years ago. They outline a list of so-called wrongs. Don’t do this, don’t do that. Don’t kill. Don’t covet. Don’t steal. Don’t commit adultery. They also include some positive things. Take care of your parents. And take a day of rest. There is no need to work 24/7. Everyone needs time off to contemplate spiritual and meaningful things. Time to rebalance and reconnect with the things which are important in our lives. Time to go to Church and tell God how much you love Him and are grateful to Him for creating Us.

Jesus broke it down into even smaller segments. Love God with your whole being and love your neighbour as yourself. So just like yesterday, we see in Jesus’ words positive approaches to life.

If you are loving your neighbour, treating him and his family with kindness and compassion, you won’t want to steal his stuff or seduce his wife or try to kill him or anyone in his family. You won’t do that. You won’t have the desire to do that. It will be completely against your gut instincts.

When you bring Jesus into your world and your heart, and begin to behave like He would have, everything in your world will change. The Ten Commandments or Jesus’ two commandments will become moot points. There will be no need to tell you to not do things or to do things, you will be functioning as Jesus would and you will know just what to do no matter what the problems are that face you.

Jesus is our best guide for decision making. He is our best guide for navigating our way through life. Just for today, contemplate how Jesus would think when he needed to make decisions. Reread the Ten Commandments and rephrase them all so they are positive reinforcements in your life. Open your heart to love everyone you see, even those who make you feel angry and hurt inside. Stop and see them as little babies, full of promise and possibility. Then contemplate what could have made them become the way they are. Offer prayers to God for their benefit. Ask God to enter their hearts and change them. See them through positive loving eyes, as their mother would have the first time she laid eyes on them. Feel God’s love flowing through you and into them. Be a conduit of grace.

When only love flows through your heart, you will never make a wrong decision because you will always want the best for everyone and base your choices on that. Just as Jesus wanted the best for everyone so they could become as spiritual as possible and move gently to heaven at the ends of their lives, so will your life become more spiritual as you offer only love to your fellow living beings, no matter man or animal.

So just for today, give up the fear of making a mistake, and let Jesus show you the way to healthy, positive decisions. You will never regret it.

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Lenten Contemplations

I started writing these last week. But realize I need to share these with my readers. Eventually they will be a book.

March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday

What Does Jesus Want For You

While sitting at church this evening in contemplation on Ash Wednesday, I found myself in conversation with the Holy Spirit. I asked Him what I should be thinking about during this time of Lent. He replied that I needed to think about Jesus and what the reason was for his sacrifice.

I replied that I believed the reason He gave His life in exchange for us was so we could be forgiven of all our sins, and thus spend our afterlife with Him in eternity.

“And so, “ He replied, “ what does Jesus want from you in return? What does He want you to do so that you can achieve that goal?”

While I sat in contemplation, He began to fill my mind with thoughts. This is basically what He said.

Jesus wants us all to become more spiritual. That is our ultimate goal. We live in a very materialistic world and culture, but our soul is eternal and completely spiritual. So how can we achieve a spiritual goal in a material world? By attaching a virtue to every action we perform.

If every time we do something, anything that involves work or activity in this physical realm, we were to contemplate it in a virtuous or moral way, we could change the way we do life. If every time we cleaned the house, we did it as an act of service to God in gratefulness for our home, we would maintain a spiritual mind-flow.

If we went to work and offered every work-related activity to God in service, gratitude and, commitment, with dignity and enthusiasm, we could change the way our work was done and received by both our employer and those who benefit from what we do.

If we raised our children with compassion, grateful to God for their existence in our lives and dedicated to serving them with love and honesty, just think of the kind of future we would be offering our world. As a parent teaching them kindness, determination, and resilience could only make them strong and loving.

Even riding a bicycle can be done in a virtuous way, with gratitude. We can offer a blessing to every living being whom we pass. We can pray for those we see on the way. We can pray for the environment we journey through. A simple act of exercise can become a spiritual event.

Jesus wants us to come home to Him. He wants us to become more and more spiritual so that we will find the hereafter a mere extension of the here and now.

Let Love be our guide during this cycle of sacrifice when we honour the gift of our Saviour by emulating His Divinity with virtuous behaviour on our own part.

Instead of thinking of Lent as giving up something, think of it as adding virtue to your life. A virtuous person doesn’t speak profanely. They honour their bodies with healthy food and healthy behaviour. Adjust your life in a positive way. Add Jesus to your mix. Walk His talk. Behave as He would. Lean into your spiritual soul and let it speak to you. Talk to the Holy Spirit everyday while you contemplate this Lenten season.

Let Jesus be your guide.

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Thoughts For Today, Tuesday August 9, 2016

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Thoughts For Today, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

When praying my Rosary, the Sorrowful Mysteries, this morning, covering the journey of Jesus to the cross, I read Pope Francis’ lessons for each Mystery. His thoughts reminded me to not take things at face value but to look under the surface of what is happening and see the deeper meaning.

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Death on a cross by the Son of God. Not a death, as we would see from a human perspective, but a gift of love to all of us. Jesus wasn’t just dying, as our perception tells us, but he was giving so much love to all of us that our hearts should practically burst from overload when we receive it. A thousand of the best Christmas presents could never reach the joy we should feel within when we contemplate His actions that Good Friday. And if we want to be like Him, then we have to let His love flow through us in the same way. Not by climbing on a cross and dying there, but when our burdens come, hanging in there with sturdy hearts and hopeful souls, knowing that whatever our destiny is, the Lord will be waiting when we finish our journey.

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Love is God’s makeup. Love is God’s heart. Love is the tool of God and so if we want to be like Him and His Son, and his saintly sons and daughters, then we must wield His tool of Love daily without restriction.
Love and you shall be loved. Love and never be alone. Love and never despair. Give love and anger will never affect you. Be Love and your heart will always be at peace.
It is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Peace be with you,
Lynne

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Hymns: Gift of Finest Wheat

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Pope Francis: The Visit to the United States

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Nuns with the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy in Pleasantville, N.J., pose for a selfie with a cutout of Pope Francis, at the World Meeting of Families conference, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Nuns with the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy in Pleasantville, N.J., pose for a selfie with a cutout of Pope Francis, at the World Meeting of Families conference, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Pope Francis conducts a papal mass on the final day of events in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 27, 2015. The pontiff finishes his 6 day United States trip today, after visiting Washington D.C. and New York, with the three largest events expected to take place in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Mark Makela

Pope Francis conducts a papal mass on the final day of events in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 27, 2015. The pontiff finishes his 6 day United States trip today, after visiting Washington D.C. and New York, with the three largest events expected to take place in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Mark Makela

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In this photo provided by World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating, 10, of Elverson, Pa after arriving in Philadelphia and exiting his car when he saw the boy, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Philadelphia International Airport. Keating has cerebral palsy and is the son of Chuck Keating, director of the Bishop Shanahan High School band that performed at Pope Francis' airport arrival. (Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

In this photo provided by World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating, 10, of Elverson, Pa after arriving in Philadelphia and exiting his car when he saw the boy, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Philadelphia International Airport. Keating has cerebral palsy and is the son of Chuck Keating, director of the Bishop Shanahan High School band that performed at Pope Francis’ airport arrival. (Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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A man holds a child as Pope Francis celebrates Mass, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A man holds a child as Pope Francis celebrates Mass, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Pope Francis is accompanied by Cardinal Timothy Dolan (C) as he visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem in New York, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis is accompanied by Cardinal Timothy Dolan (C) as he visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem in New York, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress with with Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pope Francis is the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and will finish his tour of Washington later today before traveling to New York City. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress with with Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pope Francis is the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and will finish his tour of Washington later today before traveling to New York City. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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The God Factor

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Conversations with God:

This posting and a number to follow are the result of quiet conversations with the Holy Spirit. They were in response to questions which I put forth to God in my morning meditation.  I have tried to take down the words verbatim.  I hope they will be of some benefit to the reader.

Lynne

So many people in the world are kind, spiritual and very religious. They are truly good and loving individuals. But their downfall is their religiosity i.e. their dogmatic beliefs, their rule book.

When one is fearful of breaking the rules, one never relaxes, and as you know, fear is a huge stumbling block on the road to the Godhead.

Fear clouds the heart, the place where God lives within the created beings, and from where God speaks to you.

Those who live in fear of doing even the slightest thing incorrectly or out of order, forget the most important extra in their lives, the ‘God factor’. The ‘God factor’ is basic. The ‘God factor’ is Grace. It is that which allows you to miss the morning worship program (religion) in favour of prayer and talking to God in your heart.

One must always remember that religion/religious practice is in place to assist one on the road to God. It is not God itself. So many individuals confuse that issue on a daily basis. Not saying your prayers in the so called correct order or not saying them the correct number of times, does not disqualify you from heaven in God’s eyes, only in Man’s. Religious practice can be a shelter or a storm. You choose. Remember your goal is the Godhead not the path that gets you there.

God will always welcome the true believer even if he or she leaves out a few man-made rules along the way or misses a couple of steps. No one is perfect. God knows that and that is why the ‘God factor’ exists. The ‘God factor’ is Grace, the ultimate virtue, the Grace of God. Mankind must learn to reflect that virtue by learning to be Gracious. When Humans walk in grace and reflect graciousness and act graciously, it will be obvious to one and all what is truly important.

Only then will God’s Creation be at peace.

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Tuesday Contemplations

Tuesday Contemplations

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I was going through some recent emails and found this newsletter with a very interesting article on what things would be like if Jesus had not risen from the dead, if he had actually died and not come back. An un-nerving thought.

Here’s the link.

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/3793/without_easter_were_history.aspx

And it’s tune time! Some of my favourite music for the season.

Enjoy!

And a little Hillsong to rev your engines! There are subtitles so you can sing along!

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