Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

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In quietness and solitude
Reveals Divine affections innocently teasing the lover awake
The gift of breath becomes breakfast in bed
As it nourishes soul, mind and body
This sacred seductive union,
Between lover and Divine, is lovingly sealed
Within a sun-kissed morning embrace.

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May you be sun-kissed and embraced with Divine affections every day of your life.

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A Gentle Creative Moment

In the gentleness of a creative moment, may an unexpected surprise float in like a gossamer feather tickling itself into the undiscovered places of your imagination.

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In memory of Daria Donnelly: A wife, mother of two children whose life was cut short by multiple myeloma. The above quote was gently written from Daria’s deathbed–                                                                Rest in peace, Daria. (1959-2004)

 Where do you find your gentle creative moments?

Simply Hildegard…

On this day, September 17, Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-September 17, 1179) left us with an impeccable example of a life lived with direct purpose.

In her lifetime, Hildegard accomplished many things and among them, she was the following:

Abbess and foundress of a Benedictine convent
Visionary
Preacher
Musician and composer
Doctor
Pharmacist
Poet
Artist
German writer: Three books she wrote, Know thy Way, Book of the Rewards of Life,  and Book of Divine Works.
Christian mystic
Philosopher

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Saint Hildegard wrote this short beautiful musical piece that truly touches the soul: Enjoy, and tell me if you think angels would sound like this beautiful voice in this video below

Oh sweet divinity,

oh delightful life,

could I carry in you the garment of light

and receive back what I lost with my first appearance!

To You I sigh and call upon all virtues!

~St. Hildegard of Bingen

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Stylish Imitation

In this week’s Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge: Stylish Imitation, I literally freaked and thought, no way, this is too difficult a challenge. The first question asked that you tell about a writer whose style most influenced your writing voice.

This question left me afraid because I do not know my writing voice! I am so embarrassed to admit this! This is shameful on my part but thankfully, I do know what I am not, that is, I cannot write in the epic styles found in writers like Leo Tolstoy or James A. Michener. I am so in awe with anyone that can write a book like, War and Peace or Michener’s, Texas.

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As the challenge probed me to think deeper into what my writing voice actually sounds like, I discovered the one author whom, from the time I read, From the Angel’s Blackboard–The Best of Fulton J. Sheen, I knew, profound writing, in a simple, straightforward fashion, was possible.

For example, Fulton Sheen wrote, “I feel it is time that I pay tribute to my four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.”

Just like that, no fancy words or hard to understand churchy words, just, “…it is time that I pay tribute…four writers…

So, as I continue to search out my writing voice, let me pay tribute, in my amateurish and shallow in comparison way, to the four five writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Fulton, by briefly writing out some of my feelings about the tragic day, September 11.

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Brothers and sisters: How can one begin to understand, on this day, September 11, these words found in Sacred Scriptures:

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who hurt you…Love your enemies! Do good to them.” (Luke 6: 27-28 and 35)

As I read these words, and thought about the tragedy of 9-11, I admit, I found these words very difficult to ponder upon much less think to put into practice.

I am shouting:  HOW DOES ONE LEARN TO FORGIVE?!?

God, they took down so many lives, left so many hurting, and you ask that I bless, love, do good and forgive them?”

The first certified victim, labeled 0001, was Father Mychal Judge. Oh, right, he was an imperfect person, with personal struggles all his own, but, he bravely went in as the chaplain for the firefighters and became the first, out of hundreds who lost their lives that fall morning.

WHY this nightmare?? God, please, I need your light to understand where to go from here. A poetic writer, Caddo Veil, poignantly wrote, “God, be present and redeem…”

Finally, while struggling with my lack of forgiveness, I did find rays of hope shining through, first from John 16:33, Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Second, in Fulton Sheen’s simple, yet profound words, “To believe in God is to throw ourselves in God’s arms; to hope in God is to rest in His heart in patience amid trials and tribulations, to love God is to be with God through a participation of His divine nature through grace.”

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God, help me to believe and forgive through all circumstances.

In honor of those who lost their lives on September 11 and to all who are left to carry on in their memory…
I pray.

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Remembering an Amazing Mother…

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The amazing heart of Mother Teresa:
“The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.”

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for…
Forgotten by everybody, I think that is much greater hunger,
A much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
~Mother Teresa

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa simply described herself as, “By blood, I am Albanian, by citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun.”

Her charitable legacy is known world-wide as her insightful thoughts…here are just a few of her heart thoughts…

“Lead me from death to life,
From falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
From fear to truth.
Lead me from hate to love,
From war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts,
Our world our universe
Peace peace peace.

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“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough.
Each moment is all we need, not more.
Be happy now and if you show through your actions that you love others, including those who are poorer than you are, you will give them happiness, too.
It does not take much–it can be just giving a smile.
The world would be a much better place if everyone smiled more
So smile, be cheerful, and be joyous that God loves you.”

In honor of the amazing Mother Teresa, also known as the Saint-of-the-Gutters, may she rest in peace.

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–Photo credit: Peta-de-Aztlan/ Flickr

August 27, 1910–September 5, 1997

I hope you enjoyed the few words from this amazing mother and I wish you abundant happiness and peace today.

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Do you have a favorite memory about Mother Teresa?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

 

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Merge…

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. ~Norman Maclean

…Rocks are timeless raindrops that gently merge into our busy day

… the whispering of prayers flow and merge over routine tasks

…the Divine essence and the lover merge into one

…until one day, where time is not found, we finally merge into our real home.

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What are some prayer aids you find helps merge your prayers into your daily activities?

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Merge yourself over to the community of  Weekly Photo Challenge: this week’s theme is Merge.