Summer Poetry Sale – All Collections 30% Off! Pre-Order Unquiet Vigil by Paul Qu…

Summer Poetry Sale – All Collections 30% Off! Pre-Order Unquiet Vigil by Paul Quenon, OCSO. “These poems pinpoint the tensions inherent in a spiritual life. The self must be present and yet the self must be willing to be negated. One seeks knowledge but also freedom from knowledge. One must be at home with what is said through silence. These are some of the mysteries of faith and the words of these poems invite me into them. By reading, we partake of these words and much more.” -Maurice Manning, author of The Common Man, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry
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July 31 Echoes of Eternity The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I f…

July 31 Echoes of Eternity
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Light rises in the dark places when they are opened to My presence. Light dispels the negative and gloomy thoughts and feelings, and scatters the shadows of night. I am the Daystar, the Light-giver who brings hope and gladness to your soul. Welcome Me, My child, with a wide open door—for I come bearing precious gifts. You are not called to dwell in sadness or to pine for those things that cannot be. Let their absences free you to see the wonders I have to unfold
before you, and be fully present to them. Trust Me to guide your way, to guard what you have entrusted to Me, to keep you and your loved ones safe from harm—and let My joy be your strength.

Thoughts on Giving

By Melodious Monk

This past week, I started reading Heather King’s book on St. Therese of Lisieux. I find it engaging to read, as I can relate to much of the thoughts and conversations in the writing. In the chapter subtitled, ‘on learning to serve’, I was reading along fascinated by some of the psychological insights quoted from various authors, when one simple sentence about Jesus jarred my reading to a halt. Ms King writes, “In fact, fully living his own life, and giving with no expectation of return, was the way Christ conducted all his relationships.”

I can’t even fathom this type of living. It’s easy to know Christ loves all, and all equally, but this depiction of him practically living out this love as a human, seems almost impossible. It grieves me to realize how much I’m always wanting something back from others.

Even on my best, most-giving days, somewhere inside I’m keeping track, keeping a record of what I’m doing as if I’m saving up points or tickets at an amusement park, hoping for a better prize.  Perhaps letting go of this unnecessary record is part of how Christ intended for our yokes to be easy and our burdens to be light. I put so much unnecessary thought and emotional baggage into relationships. To give, expecting a certain return, is a way of self-protection–but rather than providing safety, it puts a limit on our creative potential. Jesus taught that the measure you give is the measure you will receive. If we give without wanting back, we open ourselves to the possibility of receiving many times more then we ever could hope for.

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Jesus Creed for Children by Scot McKnight and his daughter, Laura is coming soon…

Jesus Creed for Children by Scot McKnight and his daughter, Laura is coming soon! #quot;This delightful book serves as a great resource for parents who want to show their kids what loving God and others looks like….Read it. Read it again and again.#quot; Steven Argue Pastor and Theologian-in-Residence, Mars Hill Bible Church http://www.paracletepress.com/sharing-gods-love-the-jesus-creed-for-children.html

July 30 Echoes of Eternity And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not…

July 30 Echoes of Eternity
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:12 (rsv)
I the Lord your God am with you, My child. Walk this day with Me, consciously seeking to hear and heed “the still small Voice” of My Spirit within your heart. I will speak to you and guide you. Only be careful to listen!
You cannot know the way or the path to follow on your own. Confusion is sown by the adversary to trap the unwary. But I have promised, and My promise is faithful, that I will show the path through the maze.
Your faith will be strengthened if you will be careful to heed My words. You will grow more confident in this new walk, and that is good. I want your faith to become more simple and ready to act. Are you sufficient for this? No, but remember, My child, your sufficiency will be of Me. And there is no lack there!

Boundaries

By Renaissance Girl

My dog started a fight with another dog yesterday. It was completely my fault. I was outside with some friends and took him off his leash to let him roam around while we talked. I didn’t even see the other dog coming — but he did. It happened so fast and I didn’t stand a chance of grabbing him. Eventually I did and thankfully, there were no major injuries — but my heart was pounding for a long time.

I don’t understand why my dog doesn’t like this other dog — he has no reason but their greetings are never friendly. So I Googled the question, “what makes dogs aggressive towards certain other dogs.” The first page to come up was Cesar Millan’s website. I have such respect and admiration for him, so I opened the article hopefully. Actually, he didn’t specifically address the question I asked, but this phrase caught my eye. “You need to become the dog’s pack leader and establish rules, boundaries, and limitations. You need to fulfill the dog as Nature intended him to be fulfilled.”  I don’t think about my dog being “fulfilled” but it stuck with me. In talking it through later, I realized that, similar to parents with children, I buck against boundaries myself so I don’t like to require them of my dog. But, aside from putting him and others in a dangerous situation, it also leaves him unfulfilled, worried about filling a spot that shouldn’t be his to fill.

Maybe that’s how God sees us — he gives us structures and boundaries so we are relieved of the pressure to be someone we’re not, and can simply be who we are created to be, and thus fulfilled.

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July 29 Echoes of Eternity And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:…

July 29 Echoes of Eternity
And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. II Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Your weakness is a necessary part of our relationship, for your strength would vie with Me if I allowed it to prevail. Your weakness is a gift of safety—to keep you from veering too far from the path of My will. Yes, in years past, My child, your weakness was used to prevent your leaving here. So there is not cause for recrimination against yourself or others—but rather an inner reconciliation between the outer circumstances and inner circumstances of your life. Rejoice in My grace more and more. It is not an excuse for passivity or sin, but it is a fountain of refreshment and renewal. It is a life-giving cordial, a continuing cause of wonder and gratitude to My children. Since it is reality, it cannot lead you astray. I am the God of grace!

July 28 Echoes of Eternity The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things…

July 28 Echoes of Eternity
The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. I Corinthians 2:10
In your dreams I have spoken, and in dark language I have communicated with your spirit. You do not have to understand with your rational mind all that I am doing. You need only to be obedient to that which I clearly speak. There are depths in the human heart which can be plumbed only by My Spirit. The heart is a deep cavern, and there are many hiding places where sin lurks undetected. The confusions you feel come from these smelly places, and the Spirit seeks them out as you cease resisting Him. “Truth in the inward parts” comes by the Spirit of Truth occupying and enlightening those hidden places.

Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Cantor

Chant, Chant and MORE Chant!

I was in a meeting working on a very exciting possibility for another chant conference. It is simply amazing to me that the demand for teaching chant seems to be on a very quick rise.

During a lesson with Dr. Mary Berry in the summer of 2007, we were discussing the revival of Gregorian chant. What I remember is the look that came over her face as she expressed her heartfelt belief that there would be a great revival of chant. Anyone who knew her will instantly understand the following description: With eyebrows slightly furled, lips slightly pursed, eyes WIDE OPEN as she peered above her glasses, and gently but firmly stated “It will happen — it’s already beginning!”

I will be forever grateful to have heard these words from Dr. Berry’s mouth with such a clear expression. It was as though she had a glimpse of the future and she wanted to make certain that we all knew exactly what she had seen. Such faith and awareness that this treasure of the Church would indeed return to be a blessing to all who encountered it.

Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est  (Where true love is, God Himself is there)

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Greorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Cantor

Chant, Chant and MORE Chant!

I was in a meeting working on a very exciting possibility for another chant conference. It is simply amazing to me that the demand for teaching chant seems to be on a very quick rise.

During a lesson with Dr. Mary Berry in the summer of 2007, we were discussing the revival of Gregorian chant. What I remember is the look that came over her face as she expressed her heartfelt belief that there would be a great revival of chant. Anyone who knew her will instantly understand the following description: With eyebrows slightly furled, lips slightly pursed, eyes WIDE OPEN as she peered above her glasses, and gently but firmly stated “It will happen — it’s already beginning!”

I will be forever grateful to have heard these words from Dr. Berry’s mouth with such a clear expression. It was as though she had a glimpse of the future and she wanted to make certain that we all knew exactly what she had seen. Such faith and awareness that this treasure of the Church would indeed return to be a blessing to all who encountered it.

Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est  (Where true love is, God Himself is there)

The Community of Jesus