Showing posts with label spirituality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spirituality. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Defying Reality

Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, 
not just ripping the tags off your pillows). 
Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best?

 I did not simply break a rule here and there;  no, like every other human being, I continually break the most fundamental law of the universe without any conscious effort by refusing to accept reality. Instead of realizing my place in the universe, as one of God's creations, I put on masks and false personalities in a vain attempt to deny my very nature. In pride, I acted like a queen at the centre my own little world.

According to Thomas Merton (Seeds of Contemplation), a frog or tree are holy simply because they are who they were created to be. On the other hand, I broke all laws of nature out of pride. Steeped in delusion, I clung to a false persona and refused to relax and accept the reality that I am not the centre of the universe.
The result? I was not simply burned. Oh no, I created an utterly miserable, guilt filled prison sentence spent suffering like a pitiful victim. Yep living like the world revolved around me was not fun and carrying the burdens of the world on my emotional shoulders.
large_1332363232This illegal activity is best illustrated by watching toddlers, those young tyrants of every family. There are countless examples of a two-year old, refusing any help, only to get into all sorts of trouble. I can laugh indulgently at my kids amusing escapades but guess what? God also laughs lovingly at me, waiting for me to exhaust my arrogance and embrace reality.
I am part of the Community of Saints, surrounding God who is at the centre of the universe. Everything does not depend on me when I let go of arrogance and give God His job back.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Delight in the little Ones

Tell us about your Moments of Grace from this past week.  Where did you and God finally meet up in your day to day?

One of  my daughters  just had her first baby, a boy who looks just like his Scottish grandfather and his father. Declan ( Gaelic meaning Good Man) looks exactly like both of them. No mistaking this little fellow for a girl!
Last Sunday, when  he was 12 days, all sixteen of us gathered for another daughter's birthday. It was a celebration of joy, laughter and grace. All we did was take turns holding Mary’s new born and laughing with our 18 month old granddaughter.
Both babies were THE centre of attention. We were all enchanted, delighted and happy to simply enjoy these little ones.When parents love and rejoice with every new birth and delight in the antics of their babies, older children are formed to love and respect new life.
Take Eva's Dad,  our son, for example.
Just after his daughter’s birth, my son turned to his dad and said,
”Dad, I think that this is the best thing that I have ever done in my life.”
And as his little daughter lay sleeping on his chest, Daniel said,
”Now I know why you and Dad had so many Kids.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Whispers in the Dark

light shines in my prison
Light always dispels darkness because darkness is simply the absence of light.
Light always 
Dispels Darkness 
Darkness is simply Absence of Light.
In the Silence of my Heart
I hear the whispers of
The Holy Spirit.
Light pours into
My heart
My inner eyes
Blinded by Brilliance.

Tearful with relief
I whisper back,
"Your living words
Flow like Liquid Sunshine,
Into the
Shadows of my Heart,
Dispelling all Darkness."