My hope for you

Poetry speaks to our minds and hearts and is meant to communicate more than the sum of its words. It is an apt expression of our walk with the Lord. I encourage you to forward this link to those you love. I pray this poetry leads you into reflection and prayer but I also want to start a conversation. You, too, have something to share with others-not only in person, but also here. Your experience is yours to give away to build up and learn from others in the Body of Christ. Share the word that you hear, the experiences you have lived. We are all part of the New Evangelization.If you also want to contact me by email, feel free: genefirn@yahoo.com

Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Objectified

I have created you to be a
subject not an object
you are a unique person
imbued with innate dignity
made in My Image and Likeness
designed to share My Divinity
a union of body and soul
formed by and for Love-
the gift of self to the other-
a mirror of My Nature
most purely embodied in the
sexual union of
husband and wife-
the whole-hearted donation of
one's being to the betrothed
accomplished and signified
through their bodies-
a mystical sign open to new life-
passion's fruitful expression of
two complimentary hearts
each committed to the
good of the other-
subject to subject but...
when a subect becomes
an object to be used for:
-selfish gain
-exploitation
-taking not giving
Divine Life dies within
only the flesh remains
leaving the body to be
treated as a commodity
whether for pleasure / money
fame / career / self-esteem
flaunted for favors while
losing all sense of self-respect
whether admitted or not
it should be no surprise that
the subject now object is
regarded as such by all...
understand that the
exterior expresses the interior
respect for self
means to
treat yourself and others
with reverence and honor
which the world pretends it does
while objectifying the body
rendering it only for what our
fallen nature deems as
suitable for self-gratification but
not love and therefore
without worth in and of itself
it is the way of
-darkness not Light
-sin not Holiness
-self-gratification not self-donation
-flesh not Spirit
-using not revering
the way out of all this is simple
though not easy..
surrender your heart to Me and
let My Spirit empower you to
treat yourself and others as a
subject not an object
that is the Way of True Love
but if you fall ..
I am here for you...
-repent / turn away from
 lust of the eyes to
 modesty of the eyes
-do not place yourself in the
 near occasion of sin
-treat the other as a subject
 even when they do not
-reverence yourself and others as
 you would your Sister / Brother
 in -the -Lord whom you love
-pray for those who do not do so or
 who are not there yet because
 they need help
I call you on...
run...do not walk to Me
you are made Perfect
through your weakness for
My Grace is sufficient for you
despite the strength of
your temptations
you are My Witness to the
Truth of My Creation's
Purpose and Dignity to be
subjects not objects
Sons and Daughters of God
Holy in body and spirit

Reflection / Discussion:
-Where do you see subject v object most played out in our culture?
-What does "modesty of the eyes" mean?
-What is a "near occasion of sin"?
-How are we "made perfect through weakness"?
-What does it mean that "we are created to share in God's Divinity"?
-How can you get/give support for this area?
-How can the Sacraments help us?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Truth

I AM
The Word of God
The Truth
spoken by The Father
from the Beginning
His Eternal Son
together We send 
The Spirit of Truth
into a fallen world to
Witness to My Calling as
The Way / Truth / Life
I took on human flesh 
in doing so I
took upon Myself 
all of humanity's sin
all its consequences
all of its just punishments by
My Sacred Passion and Death
Rising to New Life
Transformed  and Transfigured
into Radiant Glory-
a New Creation- which now
I offer to you if
you let go of your
old self by giving your
whole heart to Me in order to
Love Me above all else as
your Lord and Savior
in this Commitment you
share in My Divinity
through the Holy Spirit as a
Son / Daughter of the Father-
your True Identity-
as well as sharing in
My Calling to 
Speak My Word of Truth /
Mercy / Forgiveness /
New Life to 
sinful humanity in
The Power of the Holy Spirit
but...know this as well...
in Witnessing to My Truth
you shall also share in
My Passion...even My Death
for as they hated Me 
so shall you be hated
as I was persecuted
so shall you be persecuted
for...even though I have
already won the victory 
over satan-the liar / ruler of
this world- that realm of
deceit / darkness / death -
rooted in the flesh-
humanity's idolatry of self 
rebellion and pride- you are-
by your very existence-
engaged in this warfare 
but like Me you shall
conquer even in death for
My Truth is not...
-hidden in the darkness but
 revealed in the Light
-subjective but Objective
-relative but Absolute
-confused but Clear
-based on feelings but on Reality
-passing but Constant
-just for some but for ALL
-temporal but Eternal
-oppressive but Liberating
yet...as I now speak
so many perish.....
do not follow Me.....
are deceived to....
-worship self and are thereby
 enslaved to satan's rule
-rebel against rationality while
 exalting emotion's authority thereby
 choosing death
 instead of Life
-seek this world's allures
 instead of My Kingdom's Riches
 following the broad road to 
 hell's perdition
 instead of the narrow road to
 Heaven's Joy
so then Today.....
-Hear My Call
-Take up My Banner
-Speak My Word of Truth
-Live for My Kingdom
-Love as I Love
-Be Merciful as I AM Merciful
-Embrace My Cross 
Now is the Time to
Stand for The Truth for
The Spirit of Truth is upon you

Reflection / Discussion:
-What does it mean to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
-Why is being a Son / Daughter of God your true Identity?
-Where can you find mutual support from others who have done so.
-How is Jesus The Truth?
-Is morality objective or subjective, relative or absolute? Why?
-How is the Spirit leading you to witness to Jesus?
-What Gifts has He given you?
-What does it mean to Embrace the Cross?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Encourager

ladies
women of all
ages / races / nationalities
I encourage you to
be all you can be
go after it
don't let anyone stop you
be overcomers
you are powerful
take advantage
whenever you can
you're in charge of
your life
your body
who you sleep with
who you don't
what you do or don't do
don't let others use you to
satisfy their sexual fantacies...no
you use them for yours
you're in conrol
you determine when / where /
with whom you receive the
pleasures you so richly desire
liberation is everything
the final frontier
equality is long past due
you deserve every
opportunity men have
you can have it all...
yes... you'll have to sacrifice
so what...everybody knows
nothing worthwhile comes
without maximum effort
but don't get entangled with
relationships that will
only complicate your life or
hold you back from your goals...no
keep it simple
freewheeling
no commitments
no problems
no worries
you call the shots
not men...these are the days
you can get whatever you want
and not have to pay the price
remember... contraception is a
godsend as they say
protection from that dreaded burden
that ruins plans and dreams...
but even if that
horror happens there's
a perfect solution...
abortion-my personal favorite-
freedom yes freedom
says it all so
flaunt it girl..whatever you want...
hookups galore
friends for favors
live together
whatever
it doesn't matter
it's your life so
live and let live
yeah that's it
go get it all...but....you..
no you... yes... you the reader...
sushhhhh....don't tell anyone
keep this little secret
between you and me....
all this is exactly what I have
led men of this world to covet...
it's their wildest dream
you see...
deception is my specialty
temptation my forte
yes now you know my identity-
the king of this world-
this is my perfect scenario
once these things pop
for the ladies of this world
then men get all the
goodies they want as well with
no consequences
no responsibilities
so... go for it everybody
debauchery is delicious so
let libido run free
'cause now...
I gotcha both!

Reflection / Discussion:
-What is promiscuity?
-How has contraception / abortion activated promiscuity?
-Is it moral or immoral? Why?
-Is morality subjective or objective? Why?
-How is promiscuity used by satan to destroy us?
-How does the "company you keep" help or hinder you in this regard?
-What is the virtue of chastity?
-Is it important? Why / not?
-What concrete steps can you take to remain chaste?


Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Light

I am the Light of the world
you flourish only
in aI s much as
you live in My Light
satan reigns in the darkness
sin abounds there
as well as its fruit that
festers unto eternal death
Holiness thrives
in the Light as
well as its Fruit that
ripens unto Eternal Life
but because you bear
the effects of humanity's
original fall from Grace:
-darkened intellect
-weakened will
-attraction to your
 lower instincts of self
there is a battle raging
within you and
around you from the
world which is in the
power of the evil one
fighting to ensnare your soul by
keeping you enslaved to its
thinking and ways
glorifying itself as god which
only leads to eternal doom
but in this conflict
Grace abounds even more to
Live in My Light and
follow My Word in the
Power of the Holy Spirit
however to attain Victory
you must learn this lesson well:
live with both feet
in My Light...you cannot
have 1 foot in the Light
and 1 foot in the darkness
for to do so is to
live double-minded...
saying one thing but
doing another
living in both camps means
you are hiding / holding back
living in fear / insecurity
serving self more than Me
you cannot be
transparent / authentic / vulnerable
in the darkness but only
secretive / false / guarded
which only crushes
True Intimacy with Me
as well as with one another
all this duplicity must end...so...
in My Mercy for you
I shall shine My Light upon you
that others may see what I see
for I see clearly in both
Light and darkness
it will not be easy for you
because everything hidden shall be
exposed to the gaze of
those who love you most
but also know this that
in this humiliation and guilt
you shall know both the Blessing of
immeasurable Sorrow embedded in
Repentance and the unearned Love
Robed in Merciful Forgiveness
it will also be a relief and an
opportunity for a
True Turning back to Me
where you can humbly
learn to rely upon My Spirit
and upon the support of your
Brothers and Sisters
with whom you can strive to be
My Witness as an
authentic / transparent / vulnerable
Faithful Disciple
Living in the Light
which will it be...
Light or darkness?

Reflection / Discussion:
-Are you hiding your struggles with sin / your true self?
-If you are double-minded, repent / confess / be real.
-What are the qualities of Repentance / Conversion?
-Do you have Brothers / Sisters in the Lord with whom you can mutually support one another?
-If yes, how well are you authentic / transparent / vulnerable with them?
-What is holding you back?
-If not, how are you going to find them?




Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Quest

at birth each
embarks upon a
quest to find happiness
it is a precious seed
of the Eternal
which I have tenderly
planted in your heart
meant to germinate
grow and ultimately
bloom in My Love
it is a journey
through joy and sorrow
nourished by desire's
finite and infinite qualities
seeking both immediate and
ultimate objects as your
thirst seeks satisfaction in
refreshing waters but
ultimately in Me where
thirst is finally fulfilled
but because of sinful nature's
darkened intellect and
weakened will combined with
deceptive freelance feelings
tossed to and fro by
shiny objects that become
hunanity's false idols to
pursue and ultimately worship
all that this fallen world offers-
success...wealth...material goods...
fame...beauty..pleasures of
body and soul
too many to even count
each having the
common denominator of seeking the
-perfect in the imperfect
-infinite in the finite
-eternal in the temporal
which always remain
powerless to bring anything
except momentary happiness
but then frustration when the
goal is attained only to be
dissatisfied with the
underwhelming fulfillment
resulting from
exorbitant expectations and
left with no other recourse than to
commence once again the
dance of disillusion - a
cruel imitation of Sisypheus-
satan of course is delighted
with your treadmill imitation
encouraging you with
dreams of greater conquests
more...always more....while
gaining less...always less...
but Know that in this journey
I will never leave you
nor forsake you for
I continue to speak to you
especially in your frustration
because My Hope is that
in your misery you will be
open to My offer of Grace-
an opportunity to realize the
reason for your emptiness
and set out in a New Direction
realizing that it is My Infinite Love-
the Source and End of your
Quest for Happiness-
that will Truely complete you and
it is only in your
surrender to Me as
your Lord and Savior that
you Truly begin to find the
Perfect Joy that
My Surrender has
Won for you

Reflection/Discussion:
-What goals do you have in life?
-Is it true that desire has both finite and infinite qualities? Why/not?
-What are some of things people you know seek for happiness?
-What does the "dance of disillusion" mean?
-Where and in whom do you see this played out in life?
-What is the difference between Joy and happiness?
-What does it mean to "surrender to Jesus as Lord and Savior"?
-What does "begin to find the Perfect Joy" mean?
-How has Jesus' Surrender won Perfect Joy for you?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Father

the father-wound
is a plague
all too rampant
among us
sadly most are
damaged by Dads who
pass-on their own
wounds through
sins of what they
do or fail to do
leaving us with
sometimes under-the-
surface feelings of being
abandoned / unloved
angry / alone / insecure
neglected / abused
leading us to look for
love and comfort in
places that ultimately
do not mend our hearts but
lead to deeper destruction
all of which delights
satan who makes it seem like
it's all our fault while also
deliciously contaminating
our self-image and that of
God The Father
without realizing the
transference of infected
characteristics and feelings
but... Jesus came not only to
save / free / heal us from the
effects of sin but also to
reveal His Father to us
because through Jesus
His Father has become
Our Father who has
Created us in His Own
Image and Likeness
and who FIRST loved us
through Jesus despite
our sin and weakness-
even while being rejected
He showed us that
His Father is
Tender
Merciful
Loving
Forgiving
Gracious
like the father of the
prodical son story
so...now what?
we need to
go after the Truth by
asking The Father to Reveal:
-any false images
 we may have of Him and
 ourselves and begin to live our
 True Identity and Dignity as a
 Son or Daughter of God
-His Personal Love for us
-by Grace forgive our own Dad of
 his sins againt us- one at a time
-give over our anger and hurt to Jesus
-realize how these have led into
 behavior / thinking that are
 not true / healthy and ask
 The Father to heal us
-get whatever help we need
 in this process
-begin to speak to The Father as
 our ABBA...Daddy.....because
THAT is the TRUTH...and
ask for the Grace to
accept in our hearts that
we ARE precious to Him
He DOES Love us and...
He WANTS us to live in
Intimacy with Him
Now and Forever

Reflection/Discussion:
-What is your image of The Father?
-What was/is your relationship like with your own Dad?
-How has that affected your own self-image?
-Spell out the truth/lies about The Father's image you have?
-With whom can you talk about these matters?
-If you haven't done so, speak to The Father in prayer.
-Ask Him to speak to you and listen for His quiet Voice.
-If you are a Dad, ask The Father to show you where you
      have sinned by what you have done and failed to do
      with your children.. Then, begin to repair. The Father
      will help you. Get help if you need it. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The World

not the earth but
the sum of cultural
values
thinking
choices
behaviors
powers even laws
that are
opposed to God
it is the
living out of our
fallen nature-
rebellious
self-centered
proud
sensual
basically full of sin-
orchestrated and
dominated by satan-the
king of this world-
all sworn enemies of
The King of kings-
this is the atmosphere
in which we live out our
calling to be witnesses of the
Kingdom of God- though
that reality means
we are at enmity with the
kingdom of darkness-thus
spiritual warfare rages
within and without
composed of many skirmishes-
opportunities to choose
between  rival kingdoms though
temptations often disguise
their true indentities in order to
lure us into minor
"turning aways" that
down the darkened path
can ultimately result in a
final "turning away"- a
victory for the losing side-
in such an embattled world
standing for the Truth
insures that we receive the
same hatred and persecution as
Jesus -sometimes the same
punishment-but likewise that we
also conquer with Him for
He has overcome this world
with all its might and corruption
our challenge is to bring
His Word of
Selfless Love and Forgiveness
Mercy and New Life to a
broken humanity
it is only by Grace that
true Justice can be attained
only by His Spirit can
Truth be enthroned
bringing Light to the darkness
only by Redemptive Suffering can
life's sorrows be ransomed
only by Supernatural Power can
our fragile nature be
transformed and in turn
Redeem our Society
but even then we
will be resisted unto death
so what then?
we can begin now-today- to
seek the Lord first-
be faithful in our calling to
Love Him and one another in
authentic
transparent
vulnerable relationships to
help win our common cause
while embracing the Cross to
entwine with  His
Passionate Victory by
accepting what comes in
living out our duties
faithful to the Lord
spending time with Him
learning to hear His Voice then
speaking His Word in Love
using the Gifts of the Spirit
He has bestowed upon us
but in all this
let us not forget to
find our true Joy and Peace
in the One who
First Loved us
Gave us His All and
calls us to be
in this world but
not of it

Reflection/Discussion:
-Where do you experience the influence of the world in your daily life?
-What challenges do you have in living out your relationship with the Lord?
-Describe your prayer life.
-How are you growing in knowing His Word?
-What Gifts of the Spirit do you have?
-How are you using them?
-What supportive relationships do you have to follow the Lord?
-How can you develop authentic, transparent, vulnerable relationships?