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Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Betrayal

saved by grace
called to holiness
anointed with chrism
ordained to serve
the watchman's calling to
protect
pastor
preach
teach as a faithful
shepherd for the flock
bearing the
cost of discipleship
being an example of
holiness
repentance
forgiveness
purity
self-sacrifice
speaking as
prophets of the Lord God
on fire for His Kingdom is
a lofty calling and
a heavy burden
not accepted lightly
nor is the Gospel
betrayed without dire consequences
personally and Bodily
but
when sin is hidden by the
double-mindedness of
impurity's luridness
orthodoxy's Truth despised by
progressive fantasies
heresies of secularism
disguised in vestments of
pastoral accompaniment
catechesis a
train wreck
fostering tolerance
instead of holiness
conscience doing
whatever one feels is
relatively right
politicians posing as
faithful Catholics
yet fostering
killing fields
sin an
unspoken reality
marriage's natural
law is pc's
orphaned child
where everyone's
orientation is
God-given-even
"inter-generational"
as well as
conception-given
gender's free lance
identities are
transitory
contraception a
case unmade
the Gospel's
who what why how
so simple yet
so quenched
while believers
wonder why
nothing is said
nothing is done to
protect the sheep
from the wolves
in the name of
pastoral inclusion
tolerance or
fear of reprisals
which leaves
the faithful feeling
confused
brokenhearted and
kissed by Judas while
satan rejoices
yet
Jesus is Lord
the Spirit is moving
miracles are happening
a new annointing of
Revival is here
so
repent and believe
pray everyday
pray for the shepherds
seek Jesus in the Eucharist
praise the Lord
be holy
be faithful
let  Jesus be your joy and peace
hook-up with faithful disciples
take up your cross and
witness the truth in love
earnestly desire the
spiritual gifts for the
Lord is with you
Loves you
is faithful and
the gates of hell
shall not prevail

Reflection/Discussion:
-How do you experience the state of the Church?
-How can these things happen in His Church?
-What can you do to change things?
-What needs to change in you?
-How is the Lord calling you to serve? 
-Find a support group of faithful disciples.




Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Denudation

not content
with the state of
our Intimacy
an inability to
receive more
always much more than
we can process
the Spirit strips us of
our false securities
whatever is not
God Alone-
props for a
self-sufficiency
unfounded in reality-
through perfectly
tailored  trials
storms that rage
ripping away
treasured stabilities
one at a time but
sometimes
all at once
leaving us disoriented
feeling alone and abandoned
by a faith depersonalized and
stretched beyond capacity 
causing us to yearn for a
relief that doesn't come on
our terms
neatly protected
under our tight control 
we resist this
tearing away of
self's enthronement
without the light of
clear vision or the
strength of our previous
self-confidence
tribulations reveal
our hidden sins
now front and center-
rebellious anger
envy/jealousy
self-pity
self-centeredness
self-will
fear/mistrust
self-sufficiency
masked as confident trust
secrecy rooted in
pride that hides
our weaknesses
seeking comfort in the
flesh not the Lord
but a  new way is proposed...
dependency
because there is
nothing else
a new-found trust
not tasted or touched
but only sensed
faintly
not all at once
but partially as
we seek Him
faithfully
day by day
yielding our desires
letting go of
knowing better than
Infinite Wisdom
we learn
unsought lessons
necessary for holiness
a poverty of spirit
to begin with
producing a tiny opening to
receive a river of
Power from above
rooted in a Love
stripped of everything
but the Cross
the prime example of
patient endurance
the sufficiency of Grace in
courageous surrender
bearing a Peace and Joy that
supasses understanding
born through
the process of
denudation

Reflection/Discussion:
-What is denudation?
-Why does this happen?
-Is this "normal" in the Christian Life? Why/not?
-What is "poverty of spirit"?
-Do you hide your true self? Why? How can that change?
-How can we support one another through this?
-How should we handle this when it happens?
-What is "courageous surrender"?