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- Psalm 46:10

 

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Friday
Jul082016

Daily Meditation – Letting God Care for our Troubles – The Tree

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one ton truck refused to start.

While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that's my trouble tree.” He replied “I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again.”

“Funny thing is,” he smiled,” when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

God Bless, Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

We all Need a Tree!

- Author Unknown


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Thursday
Jul072016

Daily Meditation – How I am loved by God (Prayer on my Dossier)

As part of the introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, we consider how we are loved by God.  To this objective, consider the following condensed meditation of Prayer on my Dossier.

Jot down in a notebook or just consider in your mind the particulars of you coming into this world – the place, time, parents, etc. Next consider characteristics and qualities inherited from your parents or family such as habits, intelligence, confidence, anxiety.  Afterwards, consider your personal qualities, both those that you like and those you don’t (i.e. I’m positive, negative, energetic, sensitive, etc.).  

As you note these qualities, acknowledge them as gifts from the One who makes us.  “For all this, God chose for me within the human family; for all this, I praise and thank God.”

When finished, recite Psalm 130 – “A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call to you, LORD; Lord, hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, LORD, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered. I wait with longing for the LORD, my soul waits for his word. My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak, let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is kindness, with him is full redemption, And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.”

Finally, remember that God did not finish making me once, long ago.  Rather, I remember that God continues to make me and has hopes for me. He desires that I keep growing in love until I love as completely as he does.

- Source:  Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius - Prayer on my Dossier

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Wednesday
Jul062016

Daily Meditation – Good, Bad, Who Knows?

The late Fr. Jim Babb SJ, of the St. Ignatius House in Atlanta , would say regarding life situations - "Good, Bad, Who Knows? In the short term, who knows. We as humans have myopia. We only see in the current and thus not far away." Thus, take the long-term approach with full trust in God.

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Tuesday
Jul052016

Daily Meditation - Examination of Conscience

Central to the Spiritual Exercises is the practice of the examination of conscience each day. At the end of the day (or at other times during the day as well), take a few minutes to reflect and consider the day just experienced. Look over the day. Give thanks for the big and small things. Consider all gift! What generated emotions – happy or sad? Where did you feel God’s hand at work? Where could I have followed God more closely today?

Pray for clarity to see “myself as I am” and know that God will reveal “me to myself.” Let God reveal needed changes. Express sorrow for sins. Look positively toward tomorrow.

“… that he may instruct us in his ways, that we may walk in his paths.” – Micah 4:2

- Adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

 

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Monday
Jul042016

Daily Meditation – Blessings of Life

[Today is the 77th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig's farewell speech. Consider the blessings of life as you reflect below]

The great baseball player Lou Gehrig (aka “Iron Horse”) played a record 2,130 consecutive games which later was broken more recently in 1995 by Cal Ripken. During the 1939 season, Gehrig was lacking his usual strength and later had to actually remove himself from a game. He was subsequently diagnosed with a very rare form of degenerative disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Today, this is now called Lou Gehrig's disease. His baseball career had ended.

On July 4, 1939, the Yankee great was honored at Yankee Stadium in one of the most emotional moments in sports history. Considered a man with a “kind heart and winning attitude”, he fought back tears as he addressed the crowd in his immortal words of thanks. Here is the text of his speech:

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.

"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies - that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body - it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that's the finest I know.

"So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for."

 

Source: MLB.com

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