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Permeated with the Goodness of God   Leave a comment

Bonaventure highlights the idea that the one who dwells in Christ dwells in the other, because the fullness of who we are in Christ can only be found in the other. The difference of the other, therefore, was not an obstacle for Francis in his search for God but rather a celebration of God. For he found his own identity in God and he found God in the fragile, wounded flesh of his brothers and sisters. It is prayer, according to Bonaventure, that impelled Francis to see the world with new vision, a contemplative vision that penetrated the depths of reality. The world became Francis’ cloister because he found it to be permeated with the goodness of God.

~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer

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Posted December 31, 2014 by ouidaofs in Bonaventure, God, Saint Francis

Sail The Beautiful Sea   Leave a comment

Close your eyes – take a deep breath.
Release the stress.
Dream!
Feel the wind – the water – the sun on your face.
Lift up your heart to give thanks
and sail the beautiful sea into the arms of God.

sailboat

Posted December 18, 2014 by ouidaofs in Prayer

A Complacent & Covetous Heart   Leave a comment


“The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life of the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.”

~Pope Francis,

The Joy of the Gospel

 

Posted December 9, 2014 by ouidaofs in Pope Francis

In A Warm Manager   Leave a comment

We desire to be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas-time, not in a cold manger of our heart, but in a heart full of love and humility, in a heart so pure, so immaculate, so warm with love for one another.” — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Nativity scene

 

Posted December 6, 2014 by ouidaofs in Christmas, Jesus

True and Perfect Joy   Leave a comment

“True and perfect joy means enduring even painful circumstances, failure, and rejection with patience and love, without losing heart. This has been the lesson of Christian spiritual teachers from the apostles onward. The ground of this joy-inducing love remains what it always has been: Jesus alone, to whom we must look with attentiveness, gladness, and hope.” ~David Rensberger
http://weavings.upperroom.org/2012/08/true-and-perfect-joy/

Saint Francis and the Leper

 

Posted December 6, 2014 by ouidaofs in Joy, Saint Francis

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WE ARE A PEOPLE OF RESTLESS HEARTS   Leave a comment

More than a million people crowded the public square of the capital city of communist Poland where God and Christianity were illegal. It was June 1979, and they had gathered to see the recently elected Polish pope, John Paul II. The video of this scene and this day is a cause for joy and a cause for falling on our knees. We know beyond all things that the Holy Spirit was present that day within John Paul II and was moving across the people and filling their hearts. As for the atheist communists – well – there was nothing they could do as God was in control.

Someone shouted, “We want God,” and soon the chant was taken up by the million voices: “We want God. We want God. We want God.” Thus the fall of communism moved forward across Eastern Europe and Russia, and the Berlin wall came down in 1989. It is all history now, so we turn to the present day in the United States.

The United States is on a downward slide in the world, and the news is dominated with hate, violence, corruption, immorality, and evil. Secularism and relativism continue to rise throughout our country and the world. There is a denial, indifference or lukewarmness towards God and the Christian faith, along with the loss of values and character. Age-old sins are manifested as the result of pride and the pursuit of pleasure, possessions and power.

Do we want God? Do we want God? Then we must stand and say so. We must preach the Gospel by the way we live, knowing that God formed us for Himself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Him and Him alone.

creation of man - Michaelanelo - good

Posted December 6, 2014 by ouidaofs in Blessed John Paul II, God, Relativism

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