Saturday, February 27, 2010

Synergy :)

















Synergy

n., pl., -gies.
  1. The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
  2. Cooperative interaction among groups, especially among the acquired subsidiaries or merged parts of a corporation, that creates an enhanced combined effect.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

God's Grandeur

Fairest Lord Jesus

Stream of Praise

Inspired by GOD

The Relapse ~














My God, how gracious art thou! I had slipt
Almost to hell,
And on the verge of that dark, dreadful pit
Did hear them yell,
But O thy love! thy rich, almighty love
That sav'd my soul,
And checkt their fury, when I saw them move,
And heard them howl;
O my sole comfort, take no more these ways,
This hideous path,
And I will mend my own without delays,
Cease thou thy wrath!
I have deserv'd a thick, Egyptian damp,
Dark as my deeds,
Should mist within me, and put out that lamp
Thy spirit feeds;
A darting conscience full of stabs and fears;
No shade but Yew,
Sullen, and sad eclipses, cloudy spheres,
These are my due.
But he that with his blood, (a price too dear,)
My scores did pay,
Bid me, by virtue from him, challenge here
The brightest day;
Sweet, downy thoughts; soft lily-shades; calm streams;
Joys full and true;
Fresh, spicy mornings; and eternal beams
These are his due.

~ Henry Vaughan

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Evening Prayer














Let us adore the Lord,
Maker of marvelous works,
Bright heaven with its angels,
And on earth the white-waved sea.

In God Alone

Praying the Word of God

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

3 Ways ~














For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

~ 1 Corinthians 1:18

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Loyalty


















Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

~ Proverbs 3:3

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Presence



Sunday of Forgiveness

Orthodox Day of Forgiveness
(Sunday of Forgiveness)

This is a Day when younger ask the elderly for forgiveness.
But it also goes among friends.
On the plea:
Forgive me...
the custom respond is:
You are forgiven....

This feast preceding the Honourable Fast Season (Great Lent) is established to remind of the spiritual character of fasting. It is dedicated to forgiveness or more essentially to repentance, which in the Church represents the only true content of personal relationships. Bodily abstinence practiced during the fast is inseparable from the God-yearning love of the Christians. Itself it implies aspiration to live in the virtues of mercy, meekness, long-suffering, humility, and all kinds of philanthropy. The faithful, through fervour in these virtues and particularly through the practice of the Jesus prayer tend to prepare within them abode to the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, February 13, 2010



















For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.

~ Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Falling Snow















"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You
go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and
if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"

~J. B. Priestley

Thank You for this snowy day and the opportunities for peace that it
contains.
Our world is wrapped in a thick blanket of quiet.
For a while, we abandon our schedules and take the time to be still.
We open ourselves to the wonder and magic of this moment.
Thank You for speaking to us through the silence and beauty of falling snow.
Amen

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Stars



















Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair?
As she slits the cloudy veil and bends down through,
Do you fall across her cheeks and over heaven too?

Gay stars, little stars, you are little eyes,
Eyes of baby angels playing in the skies.
Now and then a winged child turns his merry face
Down toward the spinning world — what a funny place!

Jesus Christ came from the Cross (Christ receive my soul!)
In each perfect hand and foot there was a bloody hole.
Four great iron spikes there were, red and never dry,
Michael plucked them from the Cross and set them in the sky.

Christ's Troop, Mary's Guard, God's own men,
Draw your swords and strike at Hell and strike again.
Every steel-born spark that flies where God's battles are,
Flashes past the face of God, and is a star.

~ Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

Forward ...



















If you desire to discover peace and consolation for your soul and to serve God truly, do not find your satisfaction in what you have left behind, because in that which now concerns you you may be as impeded as you were before, or even more. But leave as well all these other things and attend to one thing alone that brings all these with it (namely, holy solitude, together with prayer and spiritual and divine reading), and persevere there in forgetfulness of all things.

~ Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Seeing More
















"For here we are so blind and foolish that we never seek God until He, of His goodness, shows Himself to us. It is when we do see something of Him by his grace that we are stirred by that same grace to seek Him, and with earnest longing to see still more of His blessedness.

So I saw Him and sought him; I had Him and wanted Him. It seems to me that this is and should be an experience common to us all..."

~ Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)

selected art-- Girolamo dai Libri (1474-1555)

I Feel The Winds Of God Today








I feel the winds of God today; today my sail I lift,
Though heavy, oft with drenching spray, and torn with many a rift;
If hope but light the water’s crest, and Christ my bark will use,
I’ll seek the seas at His behest, and brave another cruise.

It is the wind of God that dries my vain regretful tears,
Until with braver thoughts shall rise the purer, brighter years;
If cast on shores of selfish ease or pleasure I should be;
Lord, let me feel Thy freshening breeze, and I’ll put back to sea.

If ever I forget Thy love and how that love was shown,
Lift high the blood red flag above; it bears Thy Name alone.
Great Pilot of my onward way, Thou wilt not let me drift;
I feel the winds of God today, today my sail I lift.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wolf Moon















God's gift I see that's moving up there into the night . . .

(featured photo by skinsbbc at flickr image gallery)

Wilderness














The real wilderness of the hermit is the wilderness of the human spirit which is at once his and everyone else's. What he seeks in that wilderness is not himself, not human company, and consolation, but God.

Man's loneliness is, in fact, the loneliness of God. This is why it is such a great thing for a man to discover his solitude and learn to live in it. For there he finds that he and God are one: that God is aloneness as he himself is alone. That God wills to be alone in man.


~ Thomas Merton

featured art, The Red Cape, Alfons Mucha, 1902


Response

Sharing this from my friend Samuel Godfrey George's page:

Someone sent me this message:

"I hope you know that God does not exist".

This is my response:

What do I know? What does anyone know except what has been revealed to him?

To him who declares that there is no God, I have only this to say, "You are right. This is what has been revealed to you."

To him who believes in God, as I do, I say, "You are right. This is what has been revealed to you."

That God does exist is evident to all and yet not perceptible to all. Everything that I see testifies to his existence. Not everyone can see this. Let him who can see see.

What we see and believe is what has been revealed to us. And the question of "what" is revealed to "whom" is determined in the realm of the Spirit, which is invisible, yet perceptible to the one to whom it has been revealed.

Believing in God is better than not believing in God. Not believing in God is better than declaring disbelief in God when one actually believes. In truth the worst state is to declare belief in God when one actually does not believe.


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Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”  ~ Rainer Maria Rilke