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Monday, May 17, 2010

Rushing Through Life...We Must Pause...

In our rush through life, how often have we taken time to look up and take notice of the clouds, patterned in the sky? Appreciate the artistic form of the trees as we drive past; each unique and beautiful as they are.

In our pursuit of the so-called worldly success, we seem to have become immune or worst still, forgotten to live life and appreciate creation.

Our understanding of life is merely confined and limited to keeping ourselves busy...having a job, a house, repaying loans, credit cards, the endless pursuit of material wealth, etc. Is there all there is to life?

Beyond this man-made boundary, we fear to venture out...what could life be like if we take some personal quiet time to reflect on who we are, whay are we here and where we stand before the divine. Do we dare to take this radical step into the unknown so that we will come to understand?

Exploring what life is all about, delighting in the discovery. Living with hope, discovering the divine spark inside us all.

The spark that constantly hungers for union with the divine; the ultimate creator of everything around us...

"When I look at thy heavens,
the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars which thou hast established;
what is man that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man that thou dost care for him?
Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
and dost crown him with glory and honor.
Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou hast put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth!"

Psalm 8:3 - 9 (RSV)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Where Am I Going?...

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude" (1915 - 1968)
Trappist monk and author

In our achievement-oriented society, it is especially difficult for one to devote time to reflecting on life's ultimate values.

Even when the satisfaction of achievement fails one and all one's striving seems useless, the consideration of a possible God behind it all is usually rejected.

In each human, there is a spark, however dim, of enduring goodness. This spark is the divine within us, and if one is ever to find God, he or she must recognize and respect this spark in others...irregardless of status or class.

Today particularly many feel that God is missing from our world...

Fear not, He is always there....