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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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Pair of Poems

I wrote these two poems while in chapel this morning.  They are inspired by a conversation of sorts between me and another of the aspirants.

Life is beautiful

Life is grand

But when it hurts

Walk hand in hand

For with a friend

You are to be

Held in loving arms

Of the Trinity

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Hear me voice Lord

When it calls in the night

Guide me on my path

When I lose my sight

Lead me by my heart

When I need to know right

Show me Your love

When I come to the light

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2010 in Creative Corner

 

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Deep Within The Heart

Do you know what is beating deep within my heart?

It sends strings of these chills through my entire being

The chills knock down the pain that tries to abide in me

And I am overcome with the Spirit guiding me in life

Where I am going to go, this I can not possibly know

This I do say of what is moving my life in ways amazing

My heart longs for dance and music that awakens all

Music that tells a story, moves the soul, that keeps me alive

It is the Spirit in me, guiding me in ways never imagined

My faith will remain strong, to give me to God as He wants

With that I survive through this life moving where called

My heart wants nothing more than to do God’s will for me

Do you know what is beating deep within your heart?

Cause I know the Spirit is in me moving me where God wills

Let the Spirit in you too and you will be amazed at life

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Creative Corner

 

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A Lenten Prayer for Guidance

A Lenten Prayer for Guidance

What is it Lord?

What do you want of me?

For giving of food is not enough,

but then do you wish me to do?

To be closer to you I do long.

To go to the desert with you I want.

How shall I do this?

Where can I go to hear your voice?

In prayer I can land,

by the hours of the varying sorts.

Lord guide me to you,

God give me the strength to do your will,

Spirit move in all my being,

So that I may give of myself what you wish.

-Yours Truly

When Lent comes around, a lot of people first think of giving up food as a default, but think nothing of the other things that on can give of themselves.  I do not undermine the importance of giving up food or facebook to some people because for some it really does provide a roadblock to seeing Christ.  For me, I do not see food or things on the web to be a hindrance to my life, living with Christ in me.  My focus comes in many forms of prayer and reflection.  As to what exactly I will be doing, one does not need to know unless on a must tell situation (like stepping out from work and other related things).  Look at this reading for today, Matthew 6:16, 16-18.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
“When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

When we are so used to being in community in the Catholic Church, sharing in our faith lives with others, this is somewhat an odd concept.  We share in miracles that have occurred, in ways that the Spirit moves.  Then there is the Lenten season.  I see this as a way to take into us Christ, more than any other moment in live that we would do so.  We take ourselves into the desert and dig deep into ourselves.  God is calling us to be in solidarity with His Son and know the love that is there for us.  I strive to be mindful of what I am being called to do each day.  I wish to continue to prepare myself for formation to be a sister as I feel God wants me to do.  Lord, whatever you want I will strive to do.

Fact: Distinct characteristics of the Salesian spirituality are the three devotions that have been part of their prayers since the beginning.  This is one of them: “Love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It is He who fires our soul with a love that compels others to Him.”

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Creative Corner, Living Salesian

 

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