Archive for October, 2012

All Creatures

October 15, 2012

Lk. 11:29-32  St. Francis wrote: If you have people who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have people who deal likewise with their fellow human beings.    – Francis of Assisi  and Simone Weil spoke of “arsenal of lies” that the ego arranges aroud it self. The way we treat animals, and creation translates into how we treat people.  When we catagorize we isolate and in the process we destroy life. All of us are the creatures of God–and when we recognize that life will be so much easier. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Life Abundant

October 12, 2012

Lk. 11:15-26

Jesus did not say: “I come that you may be able to cope, and cope successfully,” but “I have come that you may have life, and life more abundantly.” Life with meaning.  Ken comments every Thursday how tired I look–yesterday I cooked a meal all day, and I listened to a woman whose son disappeared 15 years ago-without a word; whose 10 year old grand son just died; another person who lives on the street found out he has cancer. I enter into their suffering-feel their pain-but I have an abundant life, full of meaning. What more can one ask? Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

 

Ask and You Shall Receive

October 11, 2012

Lk. 11:5-13  God gives us what we ask for–not always what we choose. I asked to do ministry–and I do glorious ministry–out of one room, on next to nothing, as an outlaw priest–it is more then I could have ever imagined, far more. In our pain there comes must joy when we ask. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Our Daily Bread

October 11, 2012

Lk. 11:1-4  “give us each day our daily bread. .” 

All each of us need is what we need each day.  If each of us would take what we would need each day–then everyone would have enough.  There have been times when I have been taken out to eat that I have stuffed myself because I was afraid I would not have enough to eat the next day–that is a real fear for alot of people–but I have always had enough to eat, and enough to share, and I have learned to trust that I will and to share with what I have.  If we all would do that–everyone would have enough to eat. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Growing

October 9, 2012

Lk. 10: 38-42 Thomas Merton describes the struggle of Mary and Martha, it is universal: “This mustard seed, His kingdom in me. The struggle of the very small to survive and change my self-affirmations.” People are always saying to me whom I have not seen in several years, how differnt I am–and I am–like the mustard seed I grow,and change, and am not the same person I was even a year ago.  We all need to grow, to change, not to resist. The phrase, “I can’t go home again is true.” I can never go home, accept to the home of God because I am not the same person. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“Who Is My Neighbor’

October 8, 2012

Luke 10:25-37

“Who is my neighbor?”  Some rabbis restricted it to fellow Jews; others gave a wider definition. But Jesus turned the question inside out.  He raised a different question: “Who should my neighbor be?” The first question is about other people and how they are to be classified; the second is about myself and how I should behave towards other people.  The mystic defined prayer in regard to our actions which sums it up for me:

Prayer, which consists in the reference of all our deliberate acts to God, can be perpetual in the sense that it can last so long as such acts can last.    – Francois Fenelon {1651-1715}, Maxims of the Mystics

Holy Terror by Mel White

October 6, 2012

HOLY TERROR: Lies The Christian Right Tells Us to Deny Gay Equality

by Mel White

Holy Terror  is an excellent indictment of the silence of the liberal church, of the ignornace and bigotry of people who are a part of the Christian right, and of the ignorance and bigotry in the United States in regard to gay/lesbian/bi sexual/Transgender rights.

Rev. White describes his own coming out proceess, and the pain, and the suffering he went through and his family expereinced.  He described what queer youth and individuals experience everyday.  He described what I experienced, and the pain that the church inflicted upon him in the name of Jesus.

He describes how the silence of the liberal Church, and of people supportive in general have inflicted so much pain on queers, and how it is time for the those inside the Church who are affirming and those outside to stand and speak loud and clear.

Since the present administration has been so supportive many feel that Gays/Lesbians/Bi sexuals/and Transgenders are going to be protected and be free, but let us be clear until the hearts and minds of people are changed there is no freedom, there is no safety.  This struggle is on going, and people are suffeing and dying and we need to voice our opions and stand in the forefront. 

This book may seem a little outdated because several of the main figures have passed on, but their legacy lives on, and is ever more fatal to queers.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Feast of St. Francis

October 4, 2012

Luke 10:1-12

Today is the Feast of St. Francis. I have learned one thing from he and Damien of Molochai–that is to suffer–to allow the pain of others to enter into me, not to run from that suffering. Yesterday I had:

a young man scream over basically nothing; another one spit at me because I gave him a sandwhich–he wanted more; another one because I would not give him money; and so it goes–it upset me, but now I look back at the humor of it all–I did my damnest and that is what God wants, and I hope like St. Francis and Damien when my time comes I am worn out like the velveteen rabbit. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Suffering

October 2, 2012

Lk. 10:1-12

The Christian Gospel proclaims that the deepest wisdom is hidden in suffering. Last night I encountered, Malachi, 19, sleeping in the alley, dirty, hungry, and we chatted. He suffers deep from different emotional problems, and family problems. I entered into his suffering, and felt his pain.  The English word “suffer”, originally meant to “allow”–to suffer is to allow the pain of life to reach me.  It is easy to avoid pain–but in order to be real and sensitive I must encounter pain.  The denial of suffering makes people hard and bitter.  This week is the Festival of St. Francis–in his life he allowed suffering to enter, he suffered with people around him.

Someone recently told me that I was “different” because I take time for people–the reality is that is the way I was raised–to enter into people’s lives. When we allow ourselves to enter into people’s lives like St. Francis we let the differences drop away and love them for who they are. To become real we need to be like the velvatine rabbit who when his work was done was worn out with tears all over his body.

That is the call of St. Francis today–to become like the velvetine rabbit–to open our lives to each other, and to all people, to feel their pain, to work to alleviate it through sharing with them what we have, and share of them ourselves–we are called not to deny life, but to be open to life.

Nobodies

October 2, 2012

Lk. 9:46-50  All my life I have tried to be number 1–the best–and like the disciples I have found that I am like children in the day of Jesus–“a nobody.”  When we become no bodies there will be room in us for each person–for all people, and there is no room for conflictt because we are all equal. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!