Thoughts on the with-god life



“Give me a new idea,” I said,
While musing on a sleepless bed;
“A new idea that’ll bring to earth
A balm for souls of priceless worth;
That’ll give men thoughts of things above,
And teach them how to serve and love,
That’ll banish every selfish thought,
And rid men of the sins they’ve fought.”

The new thought came, just how, I’ll tell:
’Twas when on bended knee I fell,
And sought from HIM who knows full well
The way our sorrow to expel.
SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small,
And give HIM praise whate’er befall,
In life or death, in pain or woe,
See God, and overcome thy foe.

I saw HIM in the morning light,
HE made the day shine clear and bright;
I saw HIM in the noontide hour,
And gained from HIM refreshing shower.
At eventide, when worn and sad,
HE gave me help, and made me glad.
At midnight, when on tossing bed
My weary soul to sleep HE led.

I saw HIM when great losses came,
And found HE loved me just the same.
When heavy loads I had to bear,
I found HE lightened every care.
By sickness, sorrow, sore distress,
HE calmed my mind and gave me rest.
HE’S filled my heart with gladsome praise
Since I gave HIM the upward gaze.

’Twas new to me, yet old to some,
This thought that to me has become
A revelation of the way
We all should live throughout the day;
For as each day unfolds its light,
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.
Life will, indeed, a blessing bring,
—A. E. Finn

“Karl Rahner is often quoted as saying, “The devout Christian of the future will either be a ‘mystic’ … or will cease to be anything at all.””

Do you have the patience to wait

till your mud settles and the water is clean?

Can you remain unmoving

till the right action arises by itself?

Tao Te Ching

You hollow us out, God, so that we may carry you, and you endlessly fill us only to be emptied again. Make smooth our inward spaces and sturdy, that we may hold you with less resistance and bear you with deeper grace.

Jan Richardson

““Everything helps me to God.” Jean-Pierre de Caussade”

“If I find God I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find God.”

—   Thomas Merton

"As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silence in the churches.” (I Corinthians 14:33-34)

I know a woman named Silence
She said her parents did not know her very well
when they named her.
They thought Silence was a beautiful name
for a girl.

She stands up in her pew and speaks her mind:
When a couple in church announces the birth of a girl
Silence says, “I think we should all clap for that.”

When a foreign student speaks about war in Ethiopia
Silence says, “Keep telling us about that, we need to hear.”

When someone complains about the church
needing air conditioning
Silence says, “That’s why I bring my fan.”

I love this woman named Silence
And I think we should definitely
Keep Silence in the church.

—   Margalea Warner via inward/outward

“Fear tempts us to make safety and self-preservation our highest goals, and when we do so our moral focus becomes the protection of our lives and health. Security becomes the new idol before whom all other gods must bow. In the past, when asked “What is your chief goal?” Christians have given answers such as “friendship with God” (Thomas Aquinas) or “to glorify God and enjoy him forever” (Westminster Catechism, seventeenth century).’ Today, I suspect many Christians would echo the culture in naming “safety” or “security” as the primary good they seek.”

—   Scott Bader-Saye, Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (via contrariansoul)

“My little children, your hearts are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God.”

—   St. John Vianney (via servusmariae)

(via contrariansoul)

“God for us, we call you Father.
God alongside us, we call you Jesus.
God within us, we call you Holy Spirit.”

—   Richard Rohr

Morning Poem by Mary Oliver

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches —
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead —
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging —

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted —

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

—   Mary Oliver

“On a man’s journey, everything has its place. Our failures, heartbreaks, defeats, and victories; our wounds, dreams, and passions; our stops and our starts-all have a place in our story, and all have a place in our transformation from shadow men to real men. Everything has meaning, and everything belongs.”

—   Richard Rohr, On the Threshold of Transformation (via contrariansoul)


Top 13 signs of not being loving union with Jesus

1. I feel anxiety in the tenseness and tightness in my body.
2. I am not present or listening intently.
3. I feel pressure, with too much to do in too little time.
4. I am rushing.
5. I give quick opinions and judgments.
6. I am fearful about the future.
7. I am overly concerned with what others think.
8. I am defensive and easily offended.
9. I am preoccupied and distracted.
10. I am resentful of interruptions and abrupt.
11. I am manipulative, not patient.
12. I am unenthusiastic or threatened by the success of others.
13. I talk more than I listen.

How might God be speaking through your body today?

False Self-Assessment

I am reluctant to admit my weaknesses and flaws to others.
I look for the approval of others more than I should
I am highly “offendable” and defensive when people criticize me.
I often become harsh and impatient when things are moving too slowly or my expectations are not met.
I say “yes’ when I would rather say “no”.
I beat myself up when I make mistakes.
I have difficulty speaking up when I disagree or prefer something different.
I have a number of people I am struggling to forgive.
My fears often cause me to play it safe “just in case.”
My body is more often in a state of tension and stress than relaxed.
If you checked two or three statements, you may be living out of your false self at times. If you checked four to five, you probably have a moderate case of pretending to be somebody you are not. If you checked six or more, you want to receive this as a gentle wake up call to a deeper journey with Jesus!

—   Emotionallyhealthyspirituality.org