Conversation with God





Conversation with God

- My Dear Father in Heaven.

* Yes?

- Don’t interrupt me.  I’m praying.

* But you called Me.

- Called you?  I didn’t call you.  I’m praying…  My Dear
Father in Heaven…

* There, you did it again.

- Did what?

* Called me. You said, “My Dear Father in Heaven.” Here I
am. What’s on  your mind.?

- But I didn’t mean anything by it.  I was just, You know,
saying my  prayers for the night.  I always say my prayers.
It makes me feel good,  kind of like getting my duty done.

* Oh. All Right.  Go on.

- I’m thankful for my many blessings…

* Hold it.  How thankful?

- What?

* How thankful are you for your “Many blessings?”

- I’m… well… I don’t know.  How should I know? It’s just
part of the  prayer.  Everyone always said that I should
express my thanks.

* Oh well.  You’re welcome.  Go ahead…

- Go ahead?

* With the prayer.

- Oh yeah.  Let’s see… bless the poor and the sick and the
needy and the  afflicted…

* Do you really mean that?

- Well, sure I mean it.

* What are you doing about it?

- Doing?  Who, me?  Nothing.  I guess.  I just think that it
would be kind  of nice if You got control of things down
here like You have up there, so  people don’t have to suffer
so.

* Have I got control of you?

- Well I go to church, I pay my tithe, I don’t…

* That isn’t what I asked you.  What about your temper?  You
have a problem there, and your friends and family suffer.
And then there’s the way you  spend your money… all on
yourself.  And how about the kinds of books you  read?

- Stop picking on me.  I’m just as good as some of the rest
of those I see  every Sunday at church.

* Excuse Me.  I thought you were praying for me to bless the
needy. If that is to happen, I’ll have to have help from the
ones who are praying for it… like you.

- All right.  I guess that I have a few hang-ups, now that
You mention it.  I could probably mention some others.

* So could I.

- Look, Father.  I need to finish up here.  This is taking a
lot longer than usual.  Bless the missionaries to be led to
the doors of the honest in heart.

* You mean people like Ralph?

- Ralph?

* Yes, the guy around the corner.

- “That” Ralph… but he smokes and drinks and never goes to
church.

* Have you ever looked in his heart lately?

- Of course not.  How can…

* I have.  I looked.  And it’s one of those honest hearts
your were just praying about.

- O.K. then, get the missionaries over there.  Do you think
I like having a non-member for a neighbor?

* Aren’t you supposed to be a missionary?  I thought I made
that pretty clear.

- Hey, wait a minute.  What is this?  Criticize “me” day?
Here I am, doing my duty, keeping your commandments to
pray.  And all of a sudden you break in and start reminding
me of all my problems.

* Well, you called Me.  And here I am.  Keep on praying.
I’m interested in this next part.  You haven’t changed the
order around have you? … Go on…

- I don’t want to.

* Why not?

- I know what You’ll say.

* Try Me and see.

- Please forgive me of all my sins… and help me to forgive
others.

* What about Bill?

- See.  I knew it.  I knew you’d bring him up.  Listen Lord,
he told lies about me, and I got fired.  All my co-workers
think I’m a first class  creep, and I didn’t do anything.
I’m going to get even with him!

* But your prayers.  What about your prayers?

- I didn’t mean it.

* Well, at least you’re honest.  I guess you enjoy carrying
that load of bitterness around, don’t you?

- No, I don’t.  But I’ll feel better as soon as I get even.

* Do you want to know a secret?

- What secret?

* You won’t feel better.  You’ll feel worse.  Listen to me.
You forgive Bill and I’ll forgive you.

- But Lord, I can’t forgive Bill.

* Then I cannot forgive you.

- No matter what?

* No matter what.  But you’re not through with your prayer
yet. Go on.

- Oh all right… please help me to control my feelings and
not yield to temptations.

* Good.  Good.  I’ll do just that.  But you stop putting
yourself in all those places where you can be tempted.

- What do you mean by that?

* Quit hanging around the magazine racks and spending so
much time in front of the tv.  Some of that stuff is going
to get to you sooner or later.  You’ll find yourself
involved in some terrible things before long… and don’t
use me for an escape hatch either.

- An escape hatch?  I don’t understand.

* Sure you do.  You’ve done it lots of times — you find
yourself in a crisis situation, then you come running to
me.  “Lord, help me out of this mess and I promise I’ll
never do it again.”  It’s amazing how the quality and
intensity of your prayers improve when you are in trouble.
Do you remember some of those bargains you tried to make
with Me?

- Well I don’t think… Oh… yeah… like the time Mom’s
visiting teacher saw me coming out of that movie about… Oh
brother…

* Do you remember your prayer.  I do.  “Oh God.  Don’t let
her tell my mother where I’ve been.  I promise I’ll go to
nothing but “G” rated movies from now on. She didn’t tell
your mother, but you didn’t keep your promise.  Did you?

- No Lord, I didn’t.  I’m sorry.

* So am I.  Go ahead and finish your prayer.

- Wait a minute.  I want to ask you a question.  Do you
always listen to my prayers?

* Every word.  Every time.

- Then how come you never talked back to me before?

* How many chances have you given me?  There’s not enough
time between your “Amens” and your head hitting the pillow
for me to draw a breath. How am I supposed to give an
answer?

- You could, if you really wanted to.

* No. I could if you really wanted Me to.  Child, I always
want to.

- Father, I am sorry.  Will you forgive me?

* I already have.  And thanks for letting me interrupt.  I
get lonely to talk to you sometimes. Good night.  I love
you.

- Good night, and I love You too.

GOOD WAY TO START THE DAY





 

GOOD WAY TO START THE DAY
Author Unknown

Dear God,

I’m writing to say I’m sorry
For being angry yesterday
When you seemed to ignore my prayer
And things didn’t go my way

First, my car broke down
I was very late for work
But I missed that awful accident
Was that your handiwork?

I found a house I loved
But others got there first
I was angry, then relieved
When I heard the pipes had burst!

Yesterday, I found the perfect dress
But the color was too pale
Today, I found the dress in red
Would you believe, it was on sale!

I know you’re watching over me
And I’m feeling truly blest
For no matter what I pray for
You always know what’s best!

I have this circle of E-mail friends,
Who mean the world to me;
Some days I “send” and “send”,
At other times, I let them be.

When I see each name download,
And view the message they’ve sent;
I know they’ve thought of me that day,
And “well wishes” were their intent.

I am so blessed to have these friends,
With whom I’ve grown so close;
So this little poem I dedicate to them,
Because to me they are the “Most”!

So to you, my friends, I would like to say,
Thank you for being a part;
Of all my daily contacts,
This comes right from my heart.

God bless you all is my prayer today,
I’m honored to call you “friend”;
I pray the Lord will keep you safe,
Until we write again.

God Bless You.

 

Four Ways to Pray





 

Four Ways to Pray

Prayer is the expression of our love to God, based in our faith and trust in Him.

There are 4 ways to pray. The four of them are wonderful, because Prayer is the  most powerful weapon humanity treasures, able to fill us with the love, joy and peace of God. The 4 ways can be done all simultaneously, or two of them… we expose them here separately for reasons of understanding.

1- Vocal Prayer: Walking to God:

It consists of praying with the mouth, saying a Psalm or the Lord’s Prayer, for example, or asking God for some need, or giving thanks or praise to Him, or to request pardon…

It is a wonderful prayer, as it is all prayer, but it is as like walking towards God… it takes time and effort.

It is the prayer of the leper, “if you so will, you can make me clean”, of Mark.1, with the wonderful immediate results, obtaining  physical healing. Or the one of Bartimeo, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me “, of Mark.10, with the immediate cure of his blindness… the two are “Vocal Prayers”, but also prayers of  “Union with God”, as we shall see.

2- Meditation: By Bicycle:

It is the same one, but meditating in what it is said. For example: What means that God is my Father?… How can I live this wonder in my ordinary life?… How can I give thanks to God, what is the best way to praise Him?…

It is a way of prayer that approaches God faster, it is like going by bicycle… meditating in what you say when you pray a Psalm, or the Rosary, or the Holy Mass… all prayers can be done in one of these four ways, or in the four ways simultaneously.

Most of the Bible is Meditation, it is the Word of God teaching us His attributes, what is life, what we must believe, and do, and pray, and receive… it is Meditation, and for that reason we must read the Bible praying, meditating in its content.

3- Contemplation: By Car:

It is a preferred prayer of many Saints, and it is not difficult, it is easy… and it is like going to God by Car, faster and with less effort.

“To contemplate” means “to watch”, “to look”… you place yourself  with the imagination at Calvary or Bethlehem, and watch, look, contemplate… nothing else!…… you don’t have to say a word, nor think about anything, nor meditate… simply to watch, like the sister of Lazarus did with Jesus in Luke 10:39, “she sat down at the Lord’s feet to listen to his words”… and Jesus said about her: “Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luk.10:42).

“To listen” to God is very important. The most usual prayer of the Jews is the “Shema” of Deuteronomy 6:4-5, it is like the Lord’s Prayer for the Christians… and “Shema” means “Listen”, it is the first word of the prayer, the same one with which Jesus answered the scribe when he asked “What is the first Commandment?”, in Mark 12:28-30: Jesus answered him with the Shema, beginning with the word “Listen” or “Hear”: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”… and this is the Shema!

In the Rosary, for example: Contemplate the Mystery while you say the prayers, with the imagination in Getsemaní, or Bethlehem, or at the Ascension, or at Calvary…

Saint Teresa of Avila explains that the great problem of Contemplation is that the imagination flies immediately to another things, begins to imagine different things, and it is necessary to hold it… and a way to hold it, is to say the prayers of the Mystery, but always next to Jesus or Mary, contemplating them, watching them in the respective Mystery… and the vocal prayer serves as a brake, “to hold the imagination” in the Mystery, and listen what Jesus or Mary say to us…

In the Holy Mass, many contemplate it placing themselves with the imagination at Calvary during the Mass… and just look at Jesus, contemplate Him throughout the Mass… and in this Contemplation you don’t have to meditate in anything, simply watch, contemplate… and the different prayers or readings or sermon of the Mass may serve “to hold the imagination”, and just listen to Jesus…

4 Prayer of “Union with God”: By Airplane:

This is the most sublime form to pray, the easiest, and the one we usually practice the less. But it is like going to God by Airplane, it is much faster,   without any effort, quietly, even sleeping, someone else will drive the plane!… and you may even receive the good meals of the airplane, that in the prayer of Union with God are the mystical ecstasies, or celestial visions…

Here you don’t have to say a word, nor think, nor meditate, not even use the imagination… simply Union with God… nothing, but to put yourself in the presence of God, saying a simple word, for example “God”, or “sin”, or “Jesus”… nothing else but to be with God… and that’s everything!… may be in one minute you repeat the same word… it is so simple and effective that  it’s almost unbelievable!… but that’s it!.

It is the prayer of Jesus when he prayed… the one Virgin Mary was doing when Gabriel appeared to her…, the one Abraham and Moses were doing when the Lord spoke to them… nothing else but to be with God, and let God do everything and say everything… you just simply stay with Him!… “thy will be done”!… always!… at evey moment and circumstance of my life!

This is a blessed way to pray incessantly, every minute of the day, when one gets used to it, being continuously in the presence of God…

The Psalms, the Rosary, or the Holy Mass are special opportunities of prayer… unique moments to live in Union with God, and the different vocal prayers or songs serve to maintain this Union with God, that soon should extend to every minute of our life… in our sorrows or joys, always be in Union with God, nothing else but to be with God… without asking for anything, simply to trust God in everything, and to praise and bless Him at every moment of the day or night, with our thoughts, words and deeds.

Prayer is love, the expression of our love and trust in God, to speak with God and to listen to Him… usually we pray when we cannot do anymore… but prayer must be the breathing of our spiritual life, the continuous palpitations of the heart of our soul… and the easiest way, and the most important, is to be with God, to listen to Him, to trust in Him, to let him guide us and care for us, to let him do everything for us…

… To trust God, to have unconditional faith in Him, is the basis of love and of prayer…  to trust the wonderful and great God of us, who is always with us, in us, praised be God!…

… And then, yes, prayer is the fine thread that moves the powerful arm of God, able to fill us with the joy, love and peace that only God can give… he who has God, lacks of nothing, only God is enough!, used to say my friend St. Teresa.

By the way, the message of each page of the Bible can be expressed in three words: “Trusts in God “, in the Old Testament, or “Faith in Christ ” in the New one, who is almost the same… and they are the same words that summarize the messages of the Divine Mercy: “Jesus, I trust in You “.

Look Again and Again





Look Again and Again

You would like to know God?
Look at the crucifix.

You would like to love God?
Look at the crucifix.

You want to be happy with Him forever and forever?
Look at the crucifix.

You wonder what God is and what is He like?
Look at the crucifix.

You wonder what you are and what you are worth?
Look at the crucifix.

You wonder how merciful God is?
Look at the crucifix.

You wonder how much He wants you in heaven?
Look at the crucifix.

You wonder how much He will help you to get there?
Look at the crucifix.

Tell the devil he cannot enter you home; the lock’s been changed.

 

Tell the devil to leave your workplace; he’s not on your list of things to do today.

Tell the devil to take his hands off your children; because you’ve had hands laid on them.

Tell the devil you have no time for his nonsense, criticism or fears; you are on a mission, and you walk by faith.

Tell the devil no more tears, heartaches, or headaches; because there’s another, HE, that restoreth your soul.

Tell him…Tell him…Tell him.

Tell the devil today you have a gentle, powerful inner peace within that consumes you and leaves no room for confusion.

Tell the devil today you will respond soothingly to a crying child, a tense spouse, or an impatient friend.

Tell the devil today you will find no fault with a relative, friend or colleague.

Tell the devil to leave your tongue alone; for today you will not talk of anyone before placing God at the beginning of your every thought.

Tell the devils God said, “My people will abide in a peaceful habitation and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18

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I Am There





 

I Am There

You cannot see Me,
yet I am the Light you see by.

You cannot hear Me,
yet I speak through your voice.

You cannot feel Me,
yet I am the power at work in your hands.

I am at work
though you do not understand My ways.

I am at work
though you do not recognize My works.

I am not strange visions,
I am not mysteries…
only in absolute stillness beyond self
can you know Me as I am
and then but as a feeling and a faith.

Yet, I am there.   Yet I hear.
Yet I answer.
When you need  Me, I am there.

Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.

I am there when you pray
and when you do not pray.

I am in you
you are in Me.

I am the law
on which the movement of the stars
and the growth of living cells are founded.

I am the love
that is law’s fulfilling.

I am assurance.

I am peace.

I am openness.

I am the law
that you live by.

I am the love
that you cling to.

I am your assurance.

I am your peace.

I am one with you.

Beloved , I am there.

(author unknown)

SHAKE OFF THE DEVIL





 

SHAKE OFF THE DEVIL

 

Tell the devil today he is a liar! He will not take your joy, your peace or disturb your spirit.

Tell the devil he cannot sleep in your bed; there’s not enough cover.

Tell the devil he cannot sit in your chair; you will not give him a cushion of comfort.

Tell the devil he cannot touch your body; it’s covered with the blood.

Tell the devil he cannot audit your finances; you’ve changed accountants.

Tell the devil he cannot enter you home; the lock’s been changed.

Tell the devil to leave your workplace; he’s not on your list of things to do today.

Tell the devil to take his hands off your children; because you’ve had hands laid on them.

Tell the devil you have no time for his nonsense, criticism or fears; you are on a mission, and you walk by faith.

Tell the devil no more tears, heartaches, or headaches; because there’s another, HE, that restoreth your soul.

Tell him…Tell him…Tell him.

Tell the devil today you have a gentle, powerful inner peace within that consumes you and leaves no room for confusion.

Tell the devil today you will respond soothingly to a crying child, a tense spouse, or an impatient friend.

Tell the devil today you will find no fault with a relative, friend or colleague.

Tell the devil to leave your tongue alone; for today you will not talk of anyone before placing God at the beginning of your every thought.

Tell the devils God said, “My people will abide in a peaceful habitation and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18

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Ten commandments for stress reduction





 

Ten commandments for stress reduction

I.   Thou shalt not be perfect, or even try to be.

II.  Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.

III. Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone.

IV.  Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.

V.   Thou shalt learn to say “no”.

VI.  Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy support network.

VII. Thou shalt switch thyself off, and do nothing regularly.

VIII. Thou shalt not even feel guilty for doing nothing, or saying no.

IX. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant, and unattractive at
times.

X. Especially, thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy.  But, be thine
own best friend.