Sunday, December 08, 2013
I just read a wonderful exerpt from the back of a bulletin by a Jesuit priest, It was all about detwisted scripture and departing from myths. The powers that be on the internet, for some reason, I was unable to subscribe to that discussion. Being a quiet person in 'real life', I often verbalize much of what most people don't know about me online...my being rather opinionated.
Well, that post was no exception. I wanted to add a few little things, in my opinion. That humility does not mean suffering, it does not mean martyrdom, it does not mean poverty. We were to share in the Love, that we might have life and have it more abundantly. I like the idea of helping the poor, and all manner of altruistic philanthropy, yet I get sickened seeing it so much. For I have questions. Food is great to pass out, but who is there working with them to get the skills they need, the apparel, the self esteem, the value change if necessary? Are we not to build one another up? Food and shelter is not the only answer here. It was odd that I was born in St Clair County, and that I was baptized at St Elizabeth Ann Seton. But my upbringing, my gifts were not to be poor to help the poor. I was to help raise them up using my gifts to show how to make money, to have it, to help raise them up, how to keep it, how to make it grow, that they too could help more. I have been stopped at every door, everything I've tried. I spent years talking to God, working to make it work...it was not to happen. Granted, a lot of work for God has happened, and I learned more of just what my gifts were. However, I have just about given up on making any more as it takes more than me to believe that all things are possible.
When you give to the poor, what do you know of any one of those individuals? what any of their needs may be? When my children and I left a domestic violence home, I couldn't believe the beautiful generosity that existed..as long as I was seen as inferior. Not one asked what I needed. I only wanted a job at the level for which I'd been educated and years of experience, then the rest would have fallen into place. But it was not to be so. I'm not here to gripe, whine, grovel, or drivel. I'm here to instigate, to activate, to get you involved...who of your neighbors is hurting? Who needs a friend? Who can you ask what they need, and you don't put in guards and defense mechanisms so that they won't really tell you? What is love? It starts at home...?
God bless and have a beautiful holiday season.
PS For Catholic and other Christian friends used to the stand in line style of Eucharist...ever wonder how radical it might seem, yet what message, if several others brought plates and chalices, that without being asked, go get wine for their chalice, bread for their plate, and go at the end of a row of pews to help serve, that others might have less wait, more comfort, etc? Oh, deviating in the positive to help others...rather radical..but understand the message? When I think of Cathedrals....
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I believe that every birth is a miracle. A gift of life. I believe that human nature is intrinsically good. For if we follow through with the logic, evil (or beyond synergistic negativity) makes no sense whatsoever..we truly cannot think anything through in those terms and be considered sane.
To retain goodness, we need love. Love, the intangible of warmth, comfort, security, and yet never quite good enough that we strive to do better for one another, to make the world a better place. With love we can then have hope that we shall accomplish for a greater good (even if the task at hand is seemingly miniscule). We willingly take on responsibility, out of love. And once we have hope, we need the faith to see it through. And with that faith, we work the plan.
It takes that love of reaching out, as a newborn baby, seeking a finger to hold on to..that hope, that faith, looking for some semblance of love and acceptability, to validate ourselves as viable entities-worthy. A proven psychological fact, a newborn cannot survive without love, it will turn its face to the wall and die.
So, in our quest to do this on Spark, we need the hope, the faith, the love, to get it done, and to reach out and be there for others reaching out, that we will see this through. This is a good thing.
We need and just have to be good. (Also, would you wanna run the risk otherwise with Santa Claus?)
Have a beautiful day, and wondrous tomorrows, filled with faith, hope, and love....
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I was a single parent for over 9 years, (I have five grown children), there were times of plenty and there were times where I knew from experience the miracle of the measure of flour. I am smiling, for with my children, it was almost always joyous. It was the childhood I hadn't had. Regardless of finance and usually going to my mother's as she wouldn't take 'no' for an answer (GRUMBLE GRUMBLE :) -always beautiful, formal and I wouldn't have had my kids miss out on the experience), the kids and I would also have our own little thanksgiving dinner. We'd hold hands and sing the first verse of "We Gather Together..we gather together to ask the Lord's blessing, He chastens and hastens His will to make known, the wicked oppressing, now cease from distressing, sing praises to His name, He forgets not His own."
Praying that you all have a safe, beautiful, and thankful Thanksgiving Day.
Friday, November 15, 2013
A misty autumn morning. Light chill in the air. Refreshing, exhilarating. Taking time out to say thank God for the gift of life. Do well. Do your best. For God first, and God is love. So what impetus for positivity to self and joy in sharing with the world....
Huge Hug for all that need it...and also for the stubborn cantankerous that would swear they didn't.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I was raised in a very strict household..cross between extremely strict fundamentalist religion and pre-debutante. I read a lot...at one point, 1000 books a term. But then, by my sophomore year of high school and facing the idea of college, my brain did a turnaround. Time to lay aside the majority of fiction and learn more about the truths of the world I am to be entering and attempt to be knowledgeable (especially since a lady is supposed to be up on current events and I didn't care to be a 'ditz'..yet to make people feel comfortable and so many disciplines... oh my..i had a lot more reading to do). I also turned from being an introvert. All the years of watching, listening, trying to figure what I could use as mine and what to toss, I began to test myself and how to best use this knowledge base. I've made a lot of errors, I guess, along the way, but the one thing that I will never regret, is kindness and love toward fellow human beings....Life, an adventure, exploration. Learning is in many ways...but without love, kindness, cooperation, it is nothing..
So, by the way friends..thanks for helping in the adventure and the learning! So glad you are here.
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