Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Resolution 2015: Speak Life to . . . Yourself

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Most people for the New Year make "health" related resolutions. This is good because to be healthy is to be whole, or "holy".

Health: the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1 
Holy: devout, godly or virtuous: before 900; Middle English holi, Old English hālig, variant of hāl e.g.  equivalent to hāl whole + -eg -y1; cognate with Dutch, German heilig, OldNorse heilagr

One way to gauge our mental, emotional and spiritual health is to look at the quality of conversations in our relationships.  How much positive and how much negative do we deliberately speak to another?

The way we relate to others goes back to a further more causal internal motion: the dialogue we have with ourselves. 

Are we kind to ourselves or do we beat ourselves up?  
Do we love ourself in our most secret rawness?
Do we consider our own soul to be beautiful? 
Do we distract ourselves by our external accomplishments?
Do we call ourselves names?
Do we encourage ourselves?
Are we even mindful of what is in our vocabulary? 

Our thoughts are heard by God. Are we praising or damning His creation by patterns of words that go around and around?

Can we change our thoughts?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Reflection On Loneliness by Mother Dolores Hart

If the price of loving Him is the pain of having to look for Him, then the price of not finding Him is the pain of having to share His loneliness in the Garden of Gethsemane. Loneliness is the worst suffering, and if we can endure this in faith, we have as won our way to Him.
 -- Mother Dolores Hart, The Ear of the Heart.

Two Songs by MercyMe: Joseph's Lullaby and Bring the Rain

St. Augustine on "How to Live Well"

The earliest known portrait of Saint Augustine 
in a 6th-century fresco, Lateran, Rome.
To live well in nothing other than to love God with all one's heart, with all one's soul and with all one's efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole an uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and it is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence). -- St. Augustine, De Moribus Eccl. 1, 25, 46:PL, 32, 1330-1331