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Re: Silence

Apr. 18 at 11:24am | see this comment in context

Please do, Katie. This has always been a huge challenge for me. It warms my heart to hear you too, are a craver of silence. Few people understand this. It is especially difficult when those closest to you find it an incomprehensible waste of time.

We have spent some time the past three winters in a Florida parish that has perpetual adoration. Oh how my spirit soars being in our Lord's presence on a daily basis and being away from the phone and internet for an extended period and taking leisurely walks on the beach and long quiet glances at the sky. Delightful! 

I encourage you as the Lord has encouraged me.  Do what you love. It is not a gift given to all to love silence. Nurture it.

Re: On a certain self-love

Jan. 18 at 8:42am | see this comment in context

It is good that we exist because God said it is good; in fact He said it is very good. Our human nature and freedom give glory to God and this, in the world of values, is pre- eminent. Reverance for God necessarily demands reverance for ourselves as His sons and daughters. This is not easily gotten from our heads into our hearts. Why?

John Paul  speaks of shame being swallowed up in love. Perhaps self-interest can be said to be swallowed up in love as well and, if love is lived well, self hatred is swallowed up as man reflects on the grace of God acting and alive in himself. Hence love of neighbor, love of self  and of God share a common source and bear the same fruit: the glory of God ." If you do it to the least of my brothers you have done it to me." At times we see ourselves among the least of Christ's brothers and we may struggle to love ourselves for love of Him. Service to others is often the cure restoring peace to the soul and that blessed assurance that He lives in me.

Re: On a certain self-love

Jan. 17 at 1:43pm | see this comment in context

T J  

TorahJew, Jan. 16 at 11:32am

Carol Cirrotti, Jan. 16 at 10:41am

On the spiritual journey we must walk the narrow but safe way between presumption and despair.  This is the way of Truth where we grasp clearly our own wretchedness and the Divine Mercy!

This comes down to underyling religious assumptions that divides us. Jews don't start with a presumption of wretchedness, because we don't really have Original Sin.

And while we continually invoke G-d's infinite mercy, Jews believe that our own choices and actions matter to G-d.

TJ

I don't think there is as much distance between us as you claim.  Certainly every Jew realizes he cannot keep the law perfectly and that there is need to make atonement for our failings. Certainly what we choose and do matters greatly to G-d. Christians believe our desire to be holy and our good works are pleasing to G-d. but cannot accomplish our justification.  That is why G-d in His Mercy sent the perfect sacrifice: the Messiah!

Re: On a certain self-love

Jan. 16 at 10:41am | see this comment in context

On the spiritual journey we must walk the narrow but safe way between presumption and despair.  This is the way of Truth where we grasp clearly our own wretchedness and the Divine Mercy!

Re: Unto us a child is given

Jan. 6 at 8:10pm | see this comment in context

Note the following quote cited by Pope Benedict at his General audience: "O if only esteem for silence, a wonderful and indispensible spiritual atmosphere, could be reborn within us! Whereas we are deafened by the din, the noise and discordant voices in the frenetic, turbulent life of our time.  O silence of Nazareth! Teach us to be steadfast in good thoughts, attentive to our inner life, ready to hear God's hidden inspiration clearly and the exhortations of true teachers"( Paul VI Discourse in Nazareth, 5 January 1964.)

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