RIGHT WITH GOD…

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St. Paul’s, London. One of Sir Christopher Wren’s Masterpieces. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RIGHT WITH GOD
“Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.”
– Paul’s Letter to the Romans 5: 1-5
(Good News Bible)

THERE ARE PEOPL…

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THERE ARE PEOPLE FALLING DOWN

“But if people had that deep respect for the dignity of poor people, I am sure it would be easy for them to come closer to them, and to see that they, too, are the children of God, and that they have as much right to the things of life and of love and of service as anybody else. In these times of development, everybody is in a hurry and everybody’s in a rush, and on the way there are people falling down who are not able to compete. These are the ones we want to love and serve and take care of.”

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

LOVING YOU

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 Cottage Garden with Summer Flowers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you O my God for colours

Thank you for the eyes that see them

For the hands that can make them

For the breeze that touches my ears that feel

For the light which removes the shadows from my heart

For the heat of your sun radiating my face

For the energy of my walk

And for the quiet moments.

© Millicent Danker

6 July 2013

“God of the Age…

Knock Shrine, Ireland

Knock Shrine, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“God of the Ages we praise and thank you. From generation to generation You have been our refuge and strength. You give your gifts of grace for every time, place and season as we strive within the family to walk in Your ways and remain close to one another and to You. We pray that our homes may be schools of Faith, where we come to know and to love You. Teach us the Sanctity of human love. Show us the value of family life and help us to respect all life. May the young find in the family strong support for their humanity so that they may grow in truth and love. May the elderly experience respect, support, love and care within the family circle. We give thanks for Grandparents and we pray for them. We give thanks for they connect us with our heritage and our roots through the mists of time. We give thanks for their Christian memory which inspires and enlightens us. We give thanks for the example of their faith, for the witness of their lives, for the constancy of their love, for the support of their prayers.

Bless all Grandparents and keep them in Your care. Bless them with peace, health and healing. Reward them for their faith and fidelity, for their work and goodness, for their love and thoughtfulness, for their gifts and prayers. Give them a long and happy life together. May old age come to them in the company of family and friends. And when life is over, unite them again, where parting will be no more, in the Kingdom of Your love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
– Composed by the late Msgr Joseph Quinn, 1st National Grandparents’ Pilgrimage, 2007, Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, County Mayo, Ireland

“You try to be …

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Footsteps on Traigh Bail’ a Mhuilinn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“You try to be faithful
And sometimes you’re cruel.
You are mine. Then, you leave.
Without you, I can’t cope.

And when you take the lead,
I become your footstep.
Your absence leaves a void.
Without you, I can’t cope.

You have disturbed my sleep,
You have wrecked my image.
You have set me apart.
Without you, I can’t cope.”

― Rumi, Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

ON LOVE “The be…

ON LOVE
“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
― Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk, in ‘No Man Is an Island’

BETRAYED

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The Garden of Eden by Jacob Savery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You allowed me the bitter fruit
of a long search that waited.

And the truth:
Serpents do live in paradise whose
tentacles caress and
fan tainted lust shared
in the garden of temptresses dark.

Betrayal’s sickly ache
pursues me like a poison
whose venom I cannot assuage with opiate
neither spit nor vomit

I hurt and I hate.

Away this life if Celibacy’s death
in deserts cold bring but short warmth.

I have loved and lost.

And you, God? You laugh.

©Millicent Danker
15 September 2006

STRONG AND CONS…

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Catholic Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

STRONG AND CONSTANT

I WILL BE YAHWEH WHO WALKS WITH YOU
YOU WILL BE ALWAYS WITHIN MY HAND
TAKE YOUR HEART AND GIVE IT ALL TO ME

STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE

SHOULD YOU WANDER FAR AWAY FROM ME
I WILL SEARCH FOR YOU IN EV’RY LAND
SHOULD YOU CALL THEN YOU WILL TRULY KNOW

STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE

WHEN YOU KNOW SORROW WITHIN YOUR LIFE
I WILL COME, I WILL EMBRACE YOUR HEART
THROUGH YOUR PAIN YOU WILL DISCOVER ME

STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
STRONG AND CONSTANT IS MY LOVE
– Catholic Hymn, Composer: Frank Andersen

“By your love y…

The mission of the Jesuits used Macau as a poi...

The mission of the Jesuits used Macau as a point of departure & formation during the 16th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Only in love can I find you, my God. In love the gates of my soul spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. In love my whole being streams forth out of the rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion, which make me a prisoner of my own poverty emptiness. In love all the powers of my soul flow out toward you, wanting never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in you, since by your love you are the inmost center of my heart, closer to me than I am to myself.”
– Karl Rahner, SJ, German Jesuit, 1904-1984 [Encounters with Silence]