I’ve seem to be hitting writer’s block far too often now. My grade in my creative writing class is suffering because i don’t turn in anything because i’m never really satisfied with anything i do. all my good ideas seem to turn into bad ones once i write it down. How do you get pass writers…
“By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.”—
Giving life to all life,
Moving all creatures,
Root of all things,
Washing them clean,
Wiping out their mistakes,
Healing their wounds,
You are our true life,
Awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.”—
Where is your joy found? If it is *truly* found in Christ, then you have the most effective evangelization tool EVER, because everyone will see that joy in your life, the joy you have because of your friendship in Christ.
“Discernment presupposes an ability to reflect on the ordinary events of one’s life, a habit of personal prayer, self-knowledge, knowledge of one’s deepest desires and openness to God’s direction and guidance. Discernment is a prayerful “pondering” or “mulling over” the choices a person wishes to consider. In his discernment, the person’s focus should be on a quiet attentiveness to God and sensing rather than thinking. His goal is to understand the choices in his heart: to see them, as it were, as God might see them. In one sense, there is no limit to how long he might wish to continue in this. Discernment is a repetitive process, yet as the person continues, some choices should of their own accord fall by the wayside while others should gain clarity and focus. It is a process that should move inexorably toward a decision.”—
“Remember me, God, when you show favor to your people.
Help me when you deliver them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
share the joy of your nation,
and join with you own people in giving praise.”—
“Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
Your word has been fulfilled.
My eyes have seen the salvation
You have prepared in the sight of every people,
A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel.”—
Nunc dimittis/Canticle of Simeon from Compline
Lectio, 2 February 2012 - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (and Candlemas)
“I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us. I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts. I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me. I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity.”—
As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead, "Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.
As I was re-reading this reading tonight, I thought about how when we have an experience with Jesus it often inspires us to do something. And we get it into our heads that that’s what we’re MEANT to do, but sometimes Jesus has another idea for us. On fire because of our experience, we’re convinced we HAVE to do something, that that’s what we’re CALLED to do… the man who was healed wanted to stay with Jesus, but Jesus said, “No. Go home.” Essentially, he’s saying “I need you to be a witness to your family and your town. I need you to go do that instead.” That must have been disappointing for the man, yet he does what Jesus asks, and “all were amazed.” The man probably couldn’t see how going home was going to make a difference, yet “all were amazed.” I’ll be the man was even amazed at how trusting Jesus yielded such good fruit. As I walk my discernment path, I want to keep this in mind - that there are things I want to cling to and things I need to let go; there are times I need to just trust Jesus because He can see so much more than I can even fathom. He really does know best.