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OTHERS WILL NOTICE THE CHANGE   2 

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I ASK GOD IN PRAYER

Prayer in itself allows us to recall that all of life is lived in the context of God’s life, and so daily commitment to prayer is essential. A minimum of five minutes in the morning puts God in charge of our thought forms throughout the day. Otherwise our mind wanders too much. The effects are cumulative not unlike physical exercise. You may not notice it but others will notice the change and respond accordingly.

Rather than saying the right words, prayer is more a matter of trying to live for the right reasons and to express this in our prayer. If we are a person who tries to be present to life, then we will find ourselves present to our prayer in just the same degree.

So why get caught up in some “religious fanaticism” that demands so much: “To you the mystery of the kingdom of God has been confided.”

The reason is because actually the load is surprisingly easy and the peace it brings is surprisingly peaceful.

We become totally immersed in faith to the extent that we become prayer. We begin to think and act differently every day because we believe. We do not relinquish anything of our lives except what is foolish, time wasting or useless. We live with eagerness, and with a possibility of adventure and joy. We wait for God in each day with urgent patience. We begin working and praying in common with other people in the church and we begin to share our faith. Continue reading OTHERS WILL NOTICE THE CHANGE   2 

THE NORMAL DECENT LIFE 2

MAGIC OF ENTHUSIASM

What’s wrong with living a normal decent life and going to church on Sundays?  It is possible to live uninvolved with the work of God, with all our efforts directed toward our own prosperity and self-fulfillment.

 We may even catch ourselves thinking that we will surely have no experiences of God like those of the saints.  Yet why did not those who knew Jesus and loved Him not recognize Him after the resurrection?  Could it be that only those with faith eyes, that were sharpened, knew Him?  In fact, when we do make some faith assessments of our lives, we marvel that God actually saved us in circumstances so ordinary.  Most of the time we miss it.Faith

Through faith and in joy we can begin to have our own religious experiences.  You will be amazed when you plod through each day with a little faith to assess events.  The sacred and the secular become one — even the everyday stupid details, arguments, or chats.  Most of the time we miss the significance of the daily because we are always waiting for dramatic situations to arise.  Continue reading THE NORMAL DECENT LIFE 2

WITHOUT FAITH WE ARE WASTING TIME 2

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FAITH — THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING: 

We can fritter away a great deal of energy with small worries and miss so much of what God has planned for us. Are we still tinkering with what is trivial or foolish?  In fact, without faith, we are wasting our time.

Are we missing out on real new possibilities? Would we not be much happier if we moved deeply with God into relationships and community with others?                                                                                                    
So why do people live out their lives in a way that suggests they are really waiting for their lives to be over in order to be with God for eternity?                                                                                                                                        
Why do people live out their lives in such a way as to become the persons that they wish to be in five or ten years? We are not talking about mentors whose lives we admire. We are talking about now, when we should accept who and what we are in the present? Some refer to this as the Sacrament of the Present Moment.                                          
It seems that we are content with shuffling along getting by with as little of life and experience as we possibly can. But if we live vigorously, the new life that becomes ours is none other than the life of God. God’s presence within life is very real and it is everywhere. One does not go outside life to find God.                                                                        
St. Augustine wrote that wisdom is not what is to come in the future, nor what has been in the past, but what is. Maybe we have to recognize these religious experiences in the matter of everyday with a little more sensitivity.

Can we sharpen the focus of the eyes of faith – in the ordinary? Faith is trusting in the force that moves the universe — it isn’t blind, just visionary.

The universe knows what it is doing and it is on our side if we have faith. Our attempts to direct this force merely interfere with it. In fact, without faith we are wasting time.  Continue reading WITHOUT FAITH WE ARE WASTING TIME 2

ARE YOU LIVING YET? 2

ARE YOU LIVING YET?

FAITH — THE MAGIC OF BELIEF

We can fritter away a great deal of energy with small worries and miss so much of what God has planned for us. Are we still tinkering with what is trivial or foolish? Are you living yet?

Are we missing out on real new possibilities?  Would we not be much happier if we moved deeply with God into relationships and community with others?

So why do people live out their lives in a way that suggests they are really waiting for their lives to be over in order to be with God for eternity?

 Why do people live out their lives in such a way as  to become the persons that they wish to be in five or ten years? 

We are not talking about mentors whose lives we admire. We are talking about now, when we should accept who and what we are in the present?  Some refer to this as the sacrament of the present moment.

 It seems that we are content with shuffling along getting by with as little of life and experience as we possibly can.  But if we live vigorously, the new life that becomes ours is none other than the life of God.  God’s presence within life is very real and it is everywhere.  One does not go outside life to find God.

St. Augustine wrote that wisdom is not what is to come in the future, nor what has been in the past, but what is.   Maybe we have to recognize these religious experiences in the matter  of everyday with a little more sensitivity. 

Can we sharpen the focus of the eyes of faith — in the ordinary?  Continue reading ARE YOU LIVING YET? 2