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Great thread, ANDROMEDA!

YENDUCHAKA - I think your post was completely topical. An interesting observation.

I, too, struggles with this and marvel at those who are able to completely surrender.

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What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?


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2/28/15 8:32 A

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Yes, that always amazes me too! emoticon

"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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Not to steer the conversation away from the main topic, but I've always marveled at those disciples that Jesus called who immediately dropped what they were doing to follow him. That is some real detachment! I can't imagine making a snap decision to walk away from not only my possessions, but my job and family and friends as well. That had to have been the Holy Spirit at work.

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It is indeed a struggle! I do a lot of praying for guidance. emoticon

"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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for all of us for sure! I know it is hard for me to let go just in the little bit I am able.

When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more and to be happy.

Hafiz

Do not allow anyone to cause you to doubt your ability to succeed. Ernest Holmes

Including yourself. Pam Young



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a work in progress-- and a struggle--for me

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DETACHMENT TO FOLLOW CHRIST
Today's Gospel tells us how Christ called four of
his disciples ... If we are to follow Christ, our soul
has to be free from any attachments: from love of
self in the first place; from an excessive concern for
our health or for the future ... from riches and
material goods. When the heart is set upon and
filled with concern for earthly goods, there is no
room in it for God. God will ask of some people an
absolute renunciation, so that they can be comple-
tely at his disposal. He asked this of the Apostles;
He asked it of the rich young man, as He has done
of so many men and women throughout the cen-
turies. These people have found in him their trea-
sure and their riches. Christ demands of everyone
who really wants to follow him an effective detach-
ment from self and from everything he possesses.
If this detachment is real, it will manifest itself in
many aspects of ordinary life, for since the created
world is good, the heart tends to attach itself in a
disordered fashion to people and things. This is
why the Christian needs to be constantly on the
watch, and to examine himself frequently, so as not
to allow creatures or created things to stand in the
way of his union with God, but rather to let them
become a means of loving and serving him. Hence,
let them all see to it that they guide their affection
rightly, admonishes the Second Vatican Council;
otherwise, they will be thwarted in the search for
perfect charity by the way they use earthly
possessions, and by a fondness of riches which goes
against the gospel spirit of poverty.
Father Francis Fernandez - "In Conversation With God" - Vol. 3


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