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One Thing Remains

I heard this song for what I think was the first time this past Saturday.  It struck something very deep in me and I have finally decided to share it.  It is called “One Thing Remains,” by Jeremy Riddle.

“Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”  How beautiful is that!?  It never ceases to amaze me when somethign stricks me like this.  Who else could put that passion and love in me other than God?  Sigh…things like this are wonderful reminders of the purpose of my life and who I am to turn to at all times.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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Jesus and Religion

 In case you have not heard, there was a particular video that made its surface not long ago and got millions of hits in just one day.  It is talking about how Jesus is great, but religion is not.  The creator of the video calls it “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus || Spoken Word.”  There has been much discussion and many conversations on this.  Some of our Salesian Novices created a video in response to this, almost immediately after they heard and saw.  They called it, “Why I Love Religion, and Love Jesus || Spoken Word (Response Video).”  I would strongly recommend that you watch the response video.  It is extremely well done and addresses the topics of the original one that was put out.  If you have not seen what all the fuss is about, watch the first one as well to gain some background.  I advocate what the second one is about, the one done by the Salesians, just so everyone knows.  Let me know what you think.

Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus || Spoken Word

Why I Love Religion, and Love Jesus || Spoken Word (Response Video)

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Being Catholic, Videos

 

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Beautiful…

“Our highest calling, and our greatest honor, is to fix our eyes on the Lord and let him draw us to his side.”

So beautiful…it makes me melt!  What is better than this!?

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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In Veneration of the Holy Dance

It has now been four days since the mini-congress where I participated in a session called “Moving in God’s Grace.”  I still am dancing and moving to the song that we did in the session.  Even more than I used to do, I am seeing possibilities of movements for many songs that I hear! 

There is a prayer that we read at the end of the session that I wanted to share with you before when I posted, but did not.  Therefore, I will share it with you now.  I really love this one and will be holding onto it for a long time.  It seems to suit me very well and has given me much to think about.  The one change I would make is to say “the Father,” instead of “God.”

In Veneration of the Holy Dance

How beautiful are the dancer’s feet that dance to the music of God.

How lovely the dancer’s hands that move to the direction of Christ.

How delightful the dancer’s body, when it moves to the choreography of the Spirit.

Each leap of faith, each flight of hope, each fall in love, Intensifies the splendor of the Holy Dance.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Dance, Inner Reflection, Prayers

 

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G-U-I-DANCE

These past days have been on the tougher end but don’t get me wrong, still absolutely wonderful.  I simply love the sisters!  Anyways, it has been hard.  There is a lot of inner battles and inner work to be done on myself.  This is of course, a bit normal for one going through a formation process as we are doing.  One of the sisters got me in my moment of complete meltdown (happens every now and then, I suggest not holding things in) since we are cooking together on Mondays this month.  I have talked with her a little here and there, vaguely. 

Tonight, when I got in the chapel for evening prayer, I found something on my chair.  I looked around and noticed no one else had it.  Certain parts of it were highlighted.  For the sake of sharing it here, I will put what was highlighted in italics.

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GUIDANCE – Author Unknown

When I meditated on the word GUIDANCE, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.  I remember reading the doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.  When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.  The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person realizes and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music.  One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.  It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.  The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word GUIDANCE.  When I saw “G,” I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i.”  “God,” “u” and “i” “dance.”  God, you and I dance!  This statement is what guidance means to me.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life.  Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you and your family this day and everyday.  May you abide in Him as He abides in youDance together with God, trusting Him to lead and to guide you guide you through each season of your life.

I hope you dance!!

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After much debate throughout dinner, I went to ask the sister I mentioned prior if she saw who placed a paper on my chair.  She gave me this look and said it was her.  It was perfect!  She has been cleaning out her office and such, and while doing so stumbled upon it.  I guess when she looked at it, she thought of me.  She highlighted it and left in on my chair to find at prayer. 

That little thing was something I really needed to hear I think.  It has given me something to reflect on.  As many people know, I love poetry, music, and dance.  All of that coupled with being in the great outdoors of God’s creation.  I am simply myself that way.  I am not sure she knows completely the timing of it, though I do know she has a really good idea of it.  This sister has really been a blessing to me and one of the two I trust the most.  I think I may have thanked her a few times for this one!

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Dance, Inner Reflection

 

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Carry On

These lyrics were inspired from who knows where while sitting in an adoration chapel.  A lot of times when I write, I find the deeper meaning later down the road.  This is kind of one of those.  Take from it what you wish.

V1: It’s another day like the rest

And I’m trying to give it my best

On my face I’ve put a smile

To bring me the extra mile

 

R: Look at me, what do you see

I’m falling down, going to hit the ground

Look this way, there’s no words to say

This moment this place I need the grace

To carry on

 

V2: Inside it’s another story

Striving for what you want me to be

But the chaos takes over my heart

I don’t know where to start

 

R: Look at me, what do you see

I’m falling down, going to hit the ground

Look this way, there’s no words to say

This moment this place I need the grace

To carry on

 

B: Will you come to my aid

With prayers that never fade

Never to criticize

Please see through my eyes

 

R: Look at me, what do you see

I’m falling down, going to hit the ground

Look this way, there’s no words to say

This moment this place I need the grace

To carry on

Will you help me carry on

Please help me carry on

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection

 

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Permission to Pray

As my companion was cleaning up the final things after her sessions in the chapel for confession for good news for camp, three girls who are taking summer classes came in.  The asked…

Can we, like, pray?

The answer was a simple yes.  They then, in the back, knelt down and prayed.

For some reason it took me a little by surprise.  These were not troublemakers, but nor did they seem to be the ones to just walk in a pray.  It made me smile that they would take some of the spare time they had and come into the chapel.  Maybe there is more hope in the youth of today than people tend to give them credit for.  This is why I work for youth.

Permission to pray, do we really need to ask for it?  Perhaps it is the fear of what others will think or maybe something else.  Everything we do should be prayer, so then do we need to ask for permission to move, to breath, to do anything at all, or even to just stay still doing nothing? 

Of course we can pray, just make everything a prayer in the heart.  Of course we can pray, God is waiting to hear from you.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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