"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Friday
Feb242017

Daily Meditation – Give Better Than You Get

- Consider your current dislikes of others and examine your own part. In doing so, apply the peace and direct guidance indicated below.

If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." Rather, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head." Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.

- Romans 12: 18-21

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the greater glory of God

Thursday
Feb232017

Daily Meditation - Letting Go

On the road of life, we inevitably hit the pot holes of life that can destroy us if we let them. This destruction is done via holding on to unforgiveness, certain attachments, or just our own selfish agenda. In this regard, consider the story of the monkey traps.

In the jungles of Africa, monkeys are captured alive and unharmed via the use of a heavy bottle with a long neck and sweet-smelling nuts within. Attracted by the scent of the nuts, the monkey sticks his hand in the bottle and grabs the nuts. Unwilling to let go of the nuts, the monkey is unable to remove his hand from the bottle. Subsequently, with the bottle being so heavy, the monkey is trapped since he can’t carry the bottle. Again, all that is needed is to just let go of the nuts. Instead, the monkey holds onto the nuts in exchange for a life of captivity.

- Let Go and Let God!


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Wednesday
Feb222017

Daily Meditation – Healing of Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

[Consider being in the position of the crippled woman or perhaps just being in the crowd observing what was going on]

He was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, "Woman, you are set free of your infirmity." He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, "There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day." The Lord said to him in reply, "Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?" When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.

- Luke 13: 10-17

 

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Tuesday
Feb212017

Daily Meditation – Principle and Foundation (3 of 3)

[The following is Part III of a three part meditation on the Principle and Foundation from the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius]

The spiritual exercises provide a system to lead a person to spiritual freedom in which they then can then make decisions based on an ordered set of values rather than any disordered desire. The trust is toward action, not just reflection. Additionally, an inner balance results such that once fundamental values are determined; a person is not distracted or led astray by contrary temptations. This inner balance is what brings the freedom to choose rightly. Just as regular physical exercise conditions the body so do spiritual exercises condition the mind and soul. The foundation for the exercises is the core base which is an ordered set of values called the “First Principle and Foundation.” It provides guidance to answer “In what context, should I base decisions and actions?”

The following is the First Principle and Foundation. For Part III, just consider the underlined text for your meditation.

                                        

 

    Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

    And the other things on the face of the earth are created for man and they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created.

   From this it follows that man is to use them as much as they help him on to his end, and ought to rid himself of them so far as they hinder him as to it.

   For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we want not health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest; desiring and choosing only that which is most conducive for us to the end for which we are created.

                                        

 

- Consider for meditation the principle of “indifference” and how this allows God’s direction.

 
- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

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Monday
Feb202017

Daily Meditation – Principle and Foundation (2 of 3)

[The following is Part II of a three part meditation on the Principle and Foundation from the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius]

The spiritual exercises provide a system to lead a person to spiritual freedom in which they then can then make decisions based on an ordered set of values rather than any disordered desire. The trust is toward action, not just reflection. Additionally, an inner balance results such that once fundamental values are determined; a person is not distracted or led astray by contrary temptations. This inner balance is what brings the freedom to choose rightly. Just as regular physical exercise conditions the body so do spiritual exercises condition the mind and soul. The foundation for the exercises is the core base which is an ordered set of values called the “First Principle and Foundation.” It provides guidance to answer “In what context, should I base decisions and actions?”

The following is the First Principle and Foundation. For Part II, just consider the underlined text for your meditation.

                                        

 

    Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

   And the other things on the face of the earth are created for man and they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created.

   From this it follows that man is to use them as much as they help him on to his end, and ought to rid himself of them so far as they hinder him as to it.

   For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we want not health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest; desiring and choosing only that which is most conducive for us to the end for which we are created.

                                        

 

- Consider for meditation the “other things on the face of the earth” and how a person uses (or not uses) created things to help one draw closer to God and thus facilitate the creative cooperation with God.

 
- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

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