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- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Sunday
Jul072019

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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Saturday
Jul062019

Tools for Discernment / Decision Making

St. Ignatius focused much effort on reflecting and feeling the movement of the spirit. The following exercise assists in the decision making process.  This tool for discernment comes down to the movement of the spirit and also involves removing oneself from the situation to look at it independently and objectively.
  
For this exercise, consider a circumstance in your life for which you are discerning some action. Imagine being asked the following questions. Afterwards, be aware of how you are feeling (happy, sad, joy, anger, stress, peace, etc.). If it helps, journal afterwards.
  
The following questions were used for someone discerning a job change.
  
1.  Imagine that I came to you with the same situation and asked for advice. What would you advise me to do? 
2.  Imagine you are at the end of your life. What do you wish you had done?
3.  Put on the new job, place yourself in the position. Wear it and see how it feels.
4.  Put on your existing position, place yourself in the position. Wear it and see how it feels.
5.  Are you running away from something or toward something?
6.  Where do you feel inner peace?
  

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Friday
Jul052019

Daily Meditation – Strive for Strength

[Consider being in the physical presence of Jesus as he communicates the sense of urgency to accept the present opportunity and strive to draw closer daily]

He passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" He answered them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' He will say to you in reply, 'I do not know where you are from.' And you will say, 'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.' Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where (you) are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!' And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

- Luke 13: 22-30

 

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Friday
Jul052019

Daily Meditation – Loving enemies

"But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit (is) that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.

- Luke 6:27-36

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Thursday
Jul042019

Daily Meditation – Negative programming in our mind

Think of someone who generates negative emotions in you. In your mind, invite this person into your presence, feel the emotions and see how you are revealed to yourself and how human nature works in the circumstance. Anthony De Mello in his amazing work, The Way to Love, indicates that such meditation will produce revelations that will “widen your heart till there is room in it for every living creature.” He goes on to state the following three revelations:

1) Ask yourself, am I in charge of the situation or is the situation in charge of me.

2) Certain others in the same circumstance would not be negatively affected by this person. Hence, the negative feeling come not by this person but by your programming.

3) See what happens when you really understand this.

Listen to the revelations of human nature and how previously these persons had the power to create negative emotions within you. The negative emotions will turn into gentleness and compassion.

- Adapted from the The Way to Love by Anthony De Mello (Author)

 

Be Still | Read | Contemplate It | Listen | Dialogue | Close With Praise and Thanks

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the greater glory of God

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