Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ADVENTURE

Adventure is often sought in many ways;  we like to do new things / go to new places / meet new people etc.
I wonder, is that what adventure is all about?
New things / places / people can lead to new experiences and will add a sense of adventure to our lives; and yet, often the best adventures come when we delve into a spiritual life and begin to gain knowledge of ourselves and what our purpose in life is all about.
Perhaps the best adventures take place when we go 'inside ourselves' and discover the wonder and beauty of the soul.
We can be beautiful or not  / intelligent or not /  gifted or not.  It really doesn't matter.
What matters most is how we connect with the 'inner us' and grow in awareness of the beauty of God within.


Monday, April 30, 2018

CHALLENGES

We are and will be challenged in life; for some, the challenges can be enormous.
For others it can appear as if life is just a happy event with very little obstacles to be overcome.
The Truth of Life is that we are all faced with the challenge of overcoming ourselves; our imperfect nature and learn to be a loving and caring person.
It would be wonderful if it came easy for us to change and simply accept the challenges that invite us to grow and develop, able and willing to live by what is truthful.
Is it possible?  
Can we live by what is truthful, always?
I believe LIFE is an adventure, teaching us how to reach for all that is good and beautiful.
Of course we fail and often don't even know where we are failing...
God is good.  Like a loving Father, God will prompt us and guide us and help us to be a whole and loving person.
How this comes about is through the challenges that come into our lives.
How we respond is up to us; the good choices we make will form us into this loving/caring person.
Let's respect and have an open mind to each challenge as it is presented to us.
Work with God!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Be Happy...

It can happen in life that we become so focused on who we want to be / where we want to be etc. that we forget to be happy...
Could it be a misplaced mindset that becoming and going mean more than being, simply being a happy person.
Living a spiritual life would seem to be laced with challenges and yet, we have the wisdom of saintly persons advising us to be child-like!
Perhaps this is the invitation to look for and respond to, to enjoy life and be happy, just like a child.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Spiritual Mind

Developing a spiritual mind presents us with an invitation to look at life from a new perspective.
Does God exist?
Is God a loving Person who cares about each one of us?
Are we interested in knowing about this God of Love?
How can we be in touch with this Divine Person?
For some, this might seem unreal and yet, in each one of us is a desire to know and love God.
St. Augustine was a young, intelligent man who loved learning and loved life.
When he became aware of the Presence of God, he was dumb-founded.
He is quoted as saying, 'Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee.'
The saints have come to experience this reality of being one with God, an invitation that is offered to each one of us by our interest in  having a spiritual mind.





Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Forgiveness...

We are told, 'Forgive and you will be forgiven..'
This is good advice and yet, what happens if we don't know that we need forgiveness?
Perhaps a lot happens in our lives and we may not even be aware of  our faults and failings.
Our unawareness does not excuse us and yet we know that we are forgiven.
Christ, in agony on the Cross, said  'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.'
The key to forgiveness would seem to lie in our growing awareness of how much we are forgiven.
Then we are able and willing to forgive others.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Give it all you've got!

Whenever we do something, we have a choice to give it all we've got, or not!
What brought this to mind with me was my attempt to clean the windows, a job I like to do and enjoy the result.
With limited time, I decided to take a few short cuts, work more quickly and stretch instead of using a ladder.  The result was okay, but not great.
A lesson learned, I hope.  
When it comes to do anything, we can decide to give it all we've got!
I guess, this applies to all walks of life, especially when it comes to our spiritual life.
If we decide to give time to prayer or meditation, we can choose to give it our full attention, and
give it all we've got!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saint Patrick...

Today is Saint Patrick's day, 17th March and a special day here in Ireland and so many places all over the world where Irish people live.
I watched the Parade taking place in Dublin and was impressed with the bright colours and talents of all the people who took part, especially on such a cold, wintry day.
Yet, a part of me was sad....  This day is celebrating a man who helped to bring the Faith to Ireland many years ago.  He was brave, coming back to a country where he had been treated as a slave.
It was his love for the Irish people that prompted him to dedicate his life, sharing his Faith and his love for God with us.
Strange, at the Parade, no mention of Patrick the Saint...  
I wonder have we forgotten to be grateful for the gift of Faith.
Do we still value this Gift?