Tag Archives: Gods_love

Regardless of with whom or without whom we journey through life, our thought life is never mindless.

“At no time of day or night are we not thinking about something.  The only real question is, What is it? What do I choose to ruminate about in the interstices of the day, in the dark quiet of the night? Where does my mind go when there is nowhere specific for it to go?

The questions is an important one because its answer defines the kind of person we are choosing to become….The fact is, we become what we think about. What we seed in our souls grows in us, forms us, becomes what drives us from moment to moment.
Prayer intends to steep me in the thoughts of God….If I pray for my enemies, if I pray to a loving God to make me loving too, however many years it takes–it will happen. Then, like a drop of rain in the midst of the sea, I will become part of the heart of the world.  I must pray to become love.”
                               Joan Chittister, The Breath of the Soul
Eagle Cap Wilderness

Anthony Lake OR, Union County

The still dwelling upon God

Stillness and solitude do fill our souls, and gradually allow us to change.

“The still dwelling upon God is the quietest

but the most potent action of all”  Emmet Fox

“Solitude is the furnace of transformation….Solitude
is not a private therapeutic place, Rather, it is the 
place of conversion, the place where the old self
dies and the new self is born.”  Henri Nouwen 
Amaya_Family_Cabins, Drake_Bay_CR, Osa_Peninsula

maya_Family_Cabins, Drake_Bay_CR, Osa_Peninsula

Here I am Lord

“Here I am Lord. Just as I am. ” What a simple response to God’s telling us that He is always with us, for us, always present. I do not need to find a so called “sacred place” to worship, to pray, to contemplate. Whether at home, on the road, on the trail, where I am here, God is too.

Hoffer Lake Oregon,  Anthony Lake

Mt Rainier,  William O Douglas Wilderness,  PCT

Healing from the roots up

This Fr Keating statement needs to be read a couple times slowly to truly absorb. Simply put, regardless of our chronological age, emotionally we are still healing, growing up, and learning to see the world as God sees, not as we define it.

“Until basic childhood programs for happiness are repented of, or that is to say changed, we’re engaged, all of us, in an addictive process which will show up if you live long enough in a specific addiction unless you take the spiritual journey to heart and practice to heal that situation. The Gospel is about the healing of our conscious and unconscious wounds.  

It is into this melodrama of everyday life that Jesus has come with the Kingdom, and that’s where it works. That’s where it’s powerful; that’s where it’s found on an everyday basis. Right where you feel it and experience it. And it’s the gift of Jesus. And this is the full meaning of redemption–to heal you from the roots up.

So that instead of self centered motivation and a world in which you see everything from the perspective of the big “I am” of your ego, you see it from the big I AM of God’s selfless-self. That is the true view of reality.” Father Thomas Keating
Cedar waxwings

Joseph Canyon, Rimrock Inn

Some deep thoughts about forgiveness from Father Thomas Keating

“Vulnerability means to be hurt over and over again without seeking to love less, but more. Divine love is sheer vulnerability–sheer openness to giving.  Being vulnerable means loving one another as Christ loved us.  If we did not have to forgive people, we would have no way of manifesting God’s forgiveness toward us.  We pass on the mercy we ourselves have received. The best way to receive divine love is to give it away, and the more we pass it on, the more we increase our capacity to receive.”  Father Thomas Keating

Feather Woman Falls near Sperry Chalet

Hells Canyon and the Seven Devils Mts

Doing love

I decided to continue with more from Henri Nouwen on this simple yet challenging subject.

“Often we speak about love as if it is a feeling.  But if we wait for a feeling of love before loving, we may never learn to love well.  The feeling of love is beautiful and life-giving, but our loving cannot be based in that feeling.  To love is to think, speak, and act according to the spiritual knowledge that we are infinitely loved by God and called to make that love visible in this world.

“Mostly we know what the loving thing to do is.  When we ‘do’ love, even if others are not able to respond with love, we will discover that our feelings catch up with our acts.”  Henri Nouwen
The Cats Back, NE Oregon

The Cats Back, NE Oregon

Desiring God

Where do I find my meaning to my life?  I realize once I accept that only God matters, that only through Him and His Son do I find my meaning, then every daily decision I make must be wrapped into this search, this commitment. And yet, I do not always know whether my decisions are the “right” ones.  With this context, I take comfort from what Thomas Merton has written about his journey, his seeking God’s will:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.”

Three Sisters Beach

Three Sisters Beach