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Fly

Spread your wings, learn to fly;

Crash and burn if you must, but never ever die!

You are you,

Oh special one, be holy and true.

What are we, if we just sit around,

Only waiting to be found?

Our life would be dismal, filled with no purpose;

Cursing the good given to us.

Why live that type of life,

Filled with so much sorrow? Oh the pain, the strife!

Instead, spread those wings apart;

Soar into the depths of God’s most precious heart.

Be who you are meant to be,

Not anyone else in the world; you are unique, you see.

At times to the ground, you fall,

But you can’t pull your wings in and give up it all.

Keep trying, God has a plan;

Reach out, take His hand!

Fly then, with God be great;

The world for you, cannot wait.

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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Creative Corner

 

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Paradoxes of Life

In my spiritual reading this evening, I came across this statement.  I thought it particularly interesting and it most definitely stuck out to me.  I am currently reading A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World by Parker J. Palmer.  It was a book that I had from a class that I took in college.

The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings.  If we refuse to hold them in hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love.

I am not sure about the rest of you, but this is something I see a lot of in my life.  The closer I have been getting to what I have discerned thus far to be where God wants me to be, the harder it gets to really believe that it could be true.  The first paradox is the one that really hits me the most.  Doubt is a cruel things and it lurks everywhere in the world.  Satan does not want us in God’s army and he is willing to do whatever it takes to get you away.  Doubt leaves many people with unrealized dreams that God has given.  I always am praying that as my faith grows and develops in this formation process, the doubt does not increase with it, or that I am able to withstand it. 

What does that quote mean to you? Did it strike you in any way?

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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He’s all She’s Living For

Yesterday evening, two of us went to pray in the little chapel for a few minutes before going ot spiritual reading and the office.  We had previously said the rosary, so we decided a little small chapel time with us would be good.  As I was sitting there, a poem/song came to my head.  The melody is a little unsure, but the words are powerfully there.  So take them as you wish, a poem or song lyrics, but it is the meaning behind them that really counts.  Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy.  Don’t be afraid to comment!

There is a story

Yet to be told

Of one who changed the world

With her hands in a fold

Kneeling admist the pain

Her heart open wide

All love sent forth

In God she did confide

And she sang of that day

When God would take her away

Then she knelt and showed a smile

Knowing that she’d go the mile

That day He knocks on the door

She’ll know what she’s living for

On day in prayer

Her heart sang a song

She must step out of her box

To where she will belong

Moving past her own life

Heart willing to care

Passion shown through

With God she will be there

And she sang of that day

When God would take her away

Then she knelt and showed a smile

Knowing that she’d go the mile

That day He knocks on the door

She’ll know what she’s living for

Now stepping through the doorway

Her life put in His steady hand

She seeks out that love

And someone to understand

He calls her even closer

She’s not sure if she can

He says “My child I’m here for you

Look where we have been”

Now she sings of the day

That God did take her away

She kneels down with a smile

Ready to go the extra mile

She walked through God’s door

He’s all she’s living for

Dear Lord, please guide me through the hard times and the good times.  Help to keep walking through the doors you have opened for me that I may become even closer to you and the will you have for me.  Thank you for the friends you have put in my life to keep me on the path to you.  You are all I am living for.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2010 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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Where Did It Go?

Where have the words gone

The beauty that flows to paper

Lost in the unsettled mess

That here surrounds me now

Passion sits still deep within

Suffocated by the world here

Seeking its way out to blossom

Potential from God given me

When did we give permission

Letting the world take from us

The soul that makes who I am

I long for freedom to be me

If only my words weren’t gone

The beauty in me shared

Unsettled mess thus be clean

And the Spirit of God surround

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2010 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection

 

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Creative Writings Sparked by Salesian Possibilities in my Life!

I have decided repost some of my poems that show the passion and love that I had in me when I first learned of the Salesians.  The way I felt, the way I acted, the things that I wrote…all show so much as to what this is in my life.  It is good to revisit these works of art as a refreshment to my heart and soul what God has given me.  For each poem or lyric, I will give you the explanation of it before showing you it.  Also, there is a link to the original blog post for each one, so feel free to check it out and comment there.  There are more in-depth explanations in the original posts.  Remember, these are all my own personal works of art and I cherish them very much.

This is the first of two writings that came from my hands a night or two (do not recall exactly) after my visit with the Salesian Sisters/FMA over Thanksgiving.  It is a psalm entitled “You Call For Me.” (see post here)

You Call For Me

Lord, you call for me. Help me to listen and to follow You.

Lord, whatever You want.
However You want.
Whenever You want.
Wherever You want.
However much You want.

Lord, you call for me. Help me to listen and to follow You.

My heart is racing
My soul leaps for joy
Your love is in me
In Your arms I belong

Lord, you call for me. Help me to listen and to follow You.

To be Your hands and feet
A beacon of light for the world
To walk hand in hand with You
Filled with such passion and love

Lord, you call for me. Help me to listen and to follow You.

Never has a joy like this entered me
Like a streaming rush of water
A chance to fill an empty hole
To be Your servant, Your bride

Lord, you call for me. Help me to listen and to follow You.

Lord, whatever You want.
However You want.
Whenever You want.
Wherever You want.
However much You want.

Lord, you call for me. Help me to listen and to follow You. 

This is the second of two writings that came from my hands a night or two (do not recall exactly) after my visit with the Salesian Sisters/FMA over Thanksgiving.  It is a poem entitled “I Am Ready For You.” (see post here)

I Am Ready For You

Jeremiah 29:13 “When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.”

Oh Lord I did not see
I was not searching as I should
Searching You with all my heart
Now I see that You were there
And in lack of giving all my heart
Blind I did stay, lost in the world
Here, though, a change occurred
I give You all my heart now
Take it and do with it as You please
I earnestly search for You
Actively waiting for Your call in my life
Take me where You will, protect me
You say You are waiting for me
I say I am ready for You, here I am

Here you will find a poem that was rattled out of me during my second visit to the sisters.  I now leave you to read a poem entitled “Vocation.” (see post here)

Vocation

It is not very quiet in her heart so full
There is this tug, this bit of a pull
Something calling to do a little more
Drawing her to see what is in store
Fear trembles from deep within
She has no idea where to begin
There was a visit to come and see
Leaving her now on bended knee
With all of this she is left to wander
Her friends give her much to ponder
In all the moments of her past
Maybe this is what will forever last

This poem I wrote a couple of days before I started my blog.   It was what gave the final push to have me start blogging.  Here is a poem entitled “Prayer: See Inward, See Outward.” (see post here)

Prayer: See Inward, See Outward

There is this deep longing
Something that burns deep within
I want to run out dancing
But where do I really begin
I close my eyes and start to see
This image of complete joy
A woman of God who is free
Her faith she wants to employ
Songs in the heart filled with love
A voice with much to speak
Sharing what came from above
God’s will is what she does seek
My eyes open again with hope
At what could be my mission
With fear I must certainly cope
With God I must share vision
The longing inside I do hold
Burns to be released for you
Dancing and singing so bold
Beginning to live I must do
With God in my beating heart
Showing all those who care
Eyes wide open I am a part
Beauty in faith is my prayer

 The day before I started this blog, this was the final, final push to get me to start.  This song to be is entitled “Lord, I Want To Be With You.” (see post here)

Lord, I Want To Be With You

Today I saw you walking in the street
Today you glanced in my direction
Today my hand was put into yours
Today words of wisdom were spoken

I am falling on my knees
Begging you Lord, please
Guide me in all that I do
Lord, I want to be with you

How did I not see you there before
Trying to guide me on your path
How could I have been so blind
You finally have reached into me

I am falling on my knees
Begging you Lord, please
Guide me in all that I do
Lord, I want to be with you

Take my hand and lead me on
Never let me stray from your side
Remind that I’m worth your time
Send me out worshiping and praising

I am falling on my knees
Begging you Lord, please
Guide me in all that I do
Lord, I want to be with you

With you, oh-oh-oh Lord, with you
Give me the strength and courage
It is only you I long to follow
So leave me here in prayer

I am falling on my knees
Begging you Lord, please
Guide me in all that I do
Lord, I want to be with you

Lord, I want to be with you
So take me into your will

 So there you have it, the beginning of my creative writings relating to religious life and my life landing in the Salesian spirituality.  There are others I have written in relation to this as well as the many that are yet to come, but these ones are at the beginning, the core of a spark that hit me at NCYC the weekend before thanksgiving. (Reminder: you can read more back story about each piece I wrote by click the link posted for each one!)  I can give thanks to God for all He has done for me especially now as I prepare for entering August 24th!  Isn’t it wonderful, I could become an FMA, a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians!

 

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Short Poems on a Visit

While I was visiting the Salesian Sister’s this past weekend (just got home 30-40 minutes ago), I created three short poems at various times.  Thus, I am going to share them with you.  Stay tuned until next time to hear about the amazing packed filled weekend that I had!

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Oh the woe in the world

Filled with shiny green

Passing by missing beauty

Love of God to you unseen

If but you were free

Love of the Lord surround

The failing world be gone

Only then to love be bound

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Yet still there are tears

Even so among the joy

Where do they come from

These emotions of sort

Could it be a deep love

Or else being worn down

How do I turn to the Lord

In what way do I pray

Friends never near me

Distance tears the heart

But in God we find trust

So with the tears I live

I must lay it down now

Living for Jesus my mission

Breath and let things unfold

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Love is many things

Hugs from a friend

The sun beaming down

A letter in the mail

Music reaching the soul

Receiving some good news

Tears falling down the face

A breeze blowing by

Laughter that carries far

Healing tough of a hand

Blessings received each day

Yes the list is countless

Just as stars in the sky

Where is your love

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Creative Corner

 

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We Must Risk to Heal the World!

It does not matter who you are, what you believe in, any of it.  What I got today, despite the religious affiliation that is there, is so pertinent to everyone today.  For me, I might add faith into it, but that is who I am.  Please read on to hear of the what I encountered.

Today I saw the one of the most amazing things.   I heard twelve of the nineteen 8th grade speeches at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore.  They were beyond great and extremely heartfelt.  It really made me shrink in my chair as well as lean forward in extreme interest in what they had to say.

First, let me explain the little that I know about the school.  Mother Seton is a Nativity school, grades 6-8.  It is co-ran by six different Catholic religious orders.  One of the orders is the Marianists, whom some of you know I am volunteer interning with this year.  The families have to apply in order to send their students there.  Acceptance is based on economic status and dedication to education, among many other things.  Of all the applicants to start in the school, which they do in 6th grade, only 12 girls and 12 boys are accepted.  They only really take in kids starting in 6th grade.  Even if kids drop, they do not replace them.  People will sponsor students, paying for tuition.  Some sponsors go as far and paying for high school tuition, and even at times helping them with college.  There are many people in support of what this school does and stands for.

So, in 8th grade the kids have a speech competition.  They are given a theme of some sort to work of off.  The format is funnel speeches where they start with a story, move into the body, then loop back to the story.  This years theme was “We must risk to heal the world…” and then they finished the sentence.  Phrases continued using words like “from” or “with” or at times, “by.”  Examples: “from lies” and “with the pursuit of excellence” where two among the ones I heard today.  They started with saying the initial phrase, not stating their theme until the funnel is finished, or the story is finished.  When that funnel into the body is finished, they state again “We must risk to heal the world…” then add their theme, like the two examples I gave.

The time and energy, power, and emotion those students put into the speeches astounds me.  I was brought to near tears by some of the things I heard them talking about.  Humbled is only one of the words I felt being in that room today.  The extent of their knowledge, the wisdom of their experience, the power fo their feelings, the strength of their point of view…beautiful.  I left there feeling a bit more empowered by those students; my fear of giving talks seems to have subsided some more, in addition to having given one not too far long ago and not freaking out during it.  I lose myself now. All I can say is it was simply amazing what I heard and saw today.  My only wish is that I could have seen them all and had my own recordings.

Here is what I want to challenge you all with.  Please, if you have read this far, seriously look at this.  Think about these questions.

With what will you risk to heal the world?

From what will you risk to heal the world?

By what will you risk to heal the world?

We must risk to heal the world!  How are you going to finish that sentence?  With what? From what?  By what?  What is it that you are going to risk?  I say you, but it is a group effort.  The thing is, it has to start somewhere, right?  Don’t count on the next person over, they would all most likely be doing the same you are.  So right now, in your heart, what are you feeling is the risk you must take to heal the world?  Here is what is on mine right now.

We must risk to heal the world with understanding!

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Inner Reflection

 

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