Archive for April, 2013

Peace

April 30, 2013

Acts 14: 19-28 Jn 14:27-31

“Peace”–Jesus offers peace to his disciples, but his peace is one of joy in the midst of sufferings and death. The peace that empowers us to embrace the enemy, walk the extra mile, and face the trials of life with equanimity.  I have learned to walk with that peace, in season and out of season–and find much joy in my work. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Now is the Time

April 29, 2013

Jn. 14:21-26 Catherine of Siena

People have through the years talked of serving when the time was”right”, and I have been criticized for “doing so little”, “having bland food,”, “putting bandaids on wounds,”, but like Catherine of Siena I believe:

“To the servants of God–every place is the right place, and every time is the right time.”

and then this quote I received this morning:

Every genuine human encounter must be inspired by poverty of spirit. We must forget ourselves in order to let the other person approach us. We must be able to open to the other, to let the other’s distinctive personality unfold–even though it often frightens or repels us. – Johannes B. Metz, Poverty of Spirit

(This conscious practice of opening oneself to the gift that is the other person also enables one to become more open to the Other Who is God. How can you do this today?)

Following Jesus

April 28, 2013

I am always asking Jesus to let me go where he has gone–to live and love as he has lived and love–and he reminds me of the cost and I say yes, and there is a great cost, but the benefits, the contentment is far more. This morning at church there was a homeless, high guy, and I spent time with him, his girlfriend had just died–for me that is ministry, and it is worth he cost. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Trust

April 26, 2013

Jn. 14:1-8  “Do not be troubled; , trust in God, trust in me.”  Trust for me is seeing God in every moment. A volunteer last night told me that she is glad she does not have to come down to the alley all the time–it is to painful. I live here, and I see God in each person.  This q

What is knowledge? – The feeling of eternal life. And what is eternal life? – Feeling everything in God. For love comes from meeting him. Knowledge united to God fulfills every desire. And for the heart that receives it, it is altogether sweetness overflowing on to the earth. For there is nothing like the sweetness of God.” – Isaac of Nineveh, “Ascetic Treatises,” 38 –

 

(The best part about God is . . . God!  Enjoy fellowship with God this day.)

uote sums it up for me:

the holy spirit

April 24, 2013

Acts 12:24-13:5, Jn. 12:44-50 St. Fidelis of Signaringen

The Gita tells us we never fail so long as we keep trying.  Throughout my life I have always looked for another door, when one closes–and that the words of St. Fidelis of Signaringen are true:

“What is it that today makes true followers of Christ cast luxuries aside, leave pleasures behind, and endure difficulties and pain? It is living faith that expresses itself through love.”

Peace for me has come through service at all costs. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Moment by Moment

April 23, 2013

Jn. 10:22-30  St. George/ St. Adalbert

I find Jesus in every moment–last night I listened to the pain of several individuals who are greiving over Paul’s death–and there is Jesus:

Every moment comes to us pregnant with a command from God, only topass on and plunge into eternity, there to remain forever what wehave made of it. – Francis de Sales (God now. . . But where are you? )

Holding the Hope

April 22, 2013

Paul whom I have known for nearly 19 years committed suicide last week.  I remember him in the meditation I will present at his memorial service on Thursday in Hemlock Alley at 7:00 p.m.:

 

HOLDING THE HOPE

John 10:27-30

Paul committed suicide last week, he killed himself.  It hits all of us hard. There have been times when I came close to ending my life.  And there are times when you have thought of ending yours as well.  People wonder why I live here, and why I work on these streets. One person said “You must have done something awfully bad.”  The reality is I came here to hold out the hope, the hope in the Risen Christ that has sustained me through the darkest times of my life. I can not promise you that your life will get any better–looking around with the wealth and gentrifying coming in I doubt that, but what I do offer is the hope of the Risen Jesus to give you a reason to live–and offer a better internal quality of life–a life that is filled with loving each other, supporting each other, helping each other.  Paul has always been a friend to me–he has supported me, loved me in my darkest times, and now I hold the hope that he has moved into eternal life, into the loving arms of the Risen Jesus, and I hold the hope that you will continue to struggle, and fight in your lives, and to love and care for people more dearly.  I believe I give the finger to those who ignore the pain, poverty and suffering around them each day I stand my ground and hold the hope, and I invite you to continue to do the same.  Hold the hope, commit Paul to Christ and your lives to loving. As Alfred Delp once said:

When through one person a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth come into the world, then that person’s life has had meaning. – Alfred Delp

 

Cross Examined

April 21, 2013

CROSS EXAMINED is a book set in 1906 during and following the earthquake. Its main characters are Paul, Samual, John Athena.  In many ways it is the story of the prodigal son–Paul. Paul was raised in an orphage, committeed murder, never caught, his father prominent minister Samual, and John.  Samual is his father, who got his mom pregant as a young man, she had the boy, he was put in an orphange, Samual found Paul, and trained him to be an associate minister, out of his guilt.  John his stepfather, married his mother, and Samual had him kicked out of the church for having an illegitimate pregnancy. John became an athiest. Samual sent Paul to convert John, and John raised Paul;s doubts as he questioned his face. Athena was in the San Francisco Earthquake, rescued by Buddahists, and her life transformed and she to became a questioner.  Ultimately what this book is about is that God is found in questioning and redemption comes through our journeys of grace towards one another.

Jesus

April 20, 2013

Jn. 6:66-69

We seek a reason for everything–why did those two young men set off the bombs, why are we here, what is the purpose of my life. The reality is there are no answers.  We are fragile human beings. For me the gift of Jesus is the life that underpins human lives. He has become one of us so that we become like him–acting in love toward all–his words lead us into a quality of life, which gives meaning, hope, and love in all we do. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

The Eucharist-Life

April 19, 2013

John  6:52-59

Flannery O’Connor once responded to a snub of the Eucharist being a symbol: “Well if it is a symbol then to hell with it.” Christ, God permeates all of our being, and when I see in the Eucharist the physical presence of Jesus entering my life, I that we are called to act in a God like way. In this time of anger, fear and terror, let us remember to be Christ–even to terroists:

At the bottom of the heart of every human being, from earliest infancy until the tomb, there is something that goes on indomitably expecting, in the teeth of all experience of crimes committed, suffered, and witnessed, that good and not evil will be done to him or her. It is this above all that is sacred in every human being.” – Simone Weil

 

(Get in touch with this inner expectancy of goodness. Invite the Spirit to nurture you in that place that you may be a source of goodness to all this day.)