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February 24 Echoes of Eternity
Ye also helping together by prayer for us . . .
II Corinthians 1:11
My child, do not delay in coming to Me with every situation you face. Your life—your whole life—is in My care. Nothing happens or can happen outside that care. This is hard for you to grasp because you have allowed strongholds of unbelief to be built up in your soul. I said to My disciples when they asked the reason for their failure to exorcise the lunatic boy, “Because of your unbelief.” Faced with that situation and My absence, their faith failed them. And they were powerless. But there was another failure. “This kind goes forth only by prayer.” They were lacking in prayer.
Your strength and the inspiration and energy you need to fulfill your duties are dependent on your “prayer connection.” That is why I say, “Do not delay in coming to Me in every situation you face.” Prayer will make a difference, but it must be practiced to work.
February 23 Echoes of Eternity
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
The eye is a precious gift. It allows the manifold wonders and beauty of the created world to enter your mind and soul. You are spiritually affected by what the eye sees. And herein lies a problem.
Your mind is not disciplined to focus on the inner vision. It grabs what the eye conducts to it and runs in many directions, always ending in self. This makes it a serious distraction, and is one of the reasons for praying with closed eyes. Even this is not a sure shield against distraction, for your mind will still process images stored in its memory.
Do not despair, My child, but do not accept this condition as unchangeable. Keep working at getting the inner vision calm, stable, and stayed on Me. It will not be easy, but nothing worthwhile comes without struggle.
Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4373980
Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song | The Community of Jesus
By Cantor He Will Cover You with His Wings All of the Proper chants for the first Sunday of Lent come from Psalm 91. In reading through them — from the Introit Antiphon to the Communion Antiphon –I was amazed that all of the texts focus on God##039;s love and protection. Lent is a uniquely rich time for Gregorian chant. One notable difference between Lent and the other seasons is that there is a completely different set of Propers for each DAY, as opposed to each WEEK. [ 145 more words. ]
He Will Cover You with His Wings
All of the Proper chants for the first Sunday of Lent come from Psalm 91. In reading through them — from the Introit Antiphon to the Communion Antiphon –I was amazed that all of the texts focus on God’s love and protection.
Lent is a uniquely rich time for Gregorian chant. One notable difference between Lent and the other seasons is that there is a completely different set of Propers for each DAY, as opposed to each WEEK. Also, the texts for the Lenten chants are drawn from many different psalms and other Old Testament passages. What an incredible emphasis on God’s love and mercy for the beginning of Lent.
Psalm 91 also appears every night in the Divine Office of Compline. I find it so moving that that compliant has a long-standing connection with the season of Lent — times of physical and sometimes personal spiritual darkness. Psalm 91 bursts forth in both places, speaking of God’s love “covering us with His wings.” I believe this is one of the most beautiful and powerful moments in all of the Gregorian repertory, as it reminds us at the beginning of this season and every night before we go to sleep, just how much we are beloved of God.
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February 22 Echoes of Eternity
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
My way is perfect and My love is pure. Your love is sullied with self-interest. It cannot be otherwise at this stage of growth. Only let there be growth, My child, growth away from all that the “natural you” implies—jealous, fearful, controlling, unmerciful—and let My spirit control and guide what you shall yet be.
In Me there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. All is light. All is known. All is life. The mystery, My child, which you find in thinking of Me, is a mystery of light, not darkness. The greatest mystery you can contemplate is the mystery of My love— “love to the loveless shown.” Think often of that. Let the theme of
it soften your heart and your thought of others, especially those who do not yet see the wonder and glory of it all.
February 21 Echoes of Eternity
According to your faith be it unto you.
Your trouble in receiving, My child, is your trouble in believing. Not only these words that I give you day by day, but many other gifts I would freely bestow in answer to childlike faith. “The simple heart that freely asks in love, receives.”
I seek a people who are not afraid to believe boldly. History is a record of My faithful response to this kind of bold praying. I see instead, the tendency to rely on human schemes and worldly wisdom—and there is not simple, bold faith in that. So My blessing is delayed or its magnitude is diminished. “According to your faith
be it unto you.”
I set “impossible” goals before you to prove My power and goodness. You say, “They shall abundantly utter the memory of Thy great goodness.” Why? Because they were faced with their own limits and My limitless goodness. Think on these things today, My child, and grow more simple.
February 20 Echoes of Eternity
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.
I John 4:18
This is My word for today: just as love casts out fear, fear casts out love. You cannot love when fear is in control. You are not fighting your fear-filled thoughts hard enough. You too readily give ground to them. I bid you to remember—remember where you have been and what I have brought you through. Remember and rejoice—even when you can’t see how things are going to work out in the present.
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All That Sparkles http://www.communityofjesus.org/?p=4370849
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By Sr. Nun Other Greetings from snow-entrenched Cape Cod! I spoke to someone yesterday who still loves snow, in spite of our current situation. Me? I##039;m ready to move on. Weather-enforced #quot;quiet moments#quot; in front of the fire no longer charm. Gazing at drifts and snow engraved foot prints does not delight me. I##039;m a house-bound fire cracker waiting for a match.