Until God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Imitation of Christ by John Kempis

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Heal our HARDENED Hearts

HEAL OUR HARDENED HEARTS

What causes our hearts to harden?  I have written this blog because I hurt deeply for the wonded in our midst that cannot open to the wonderful love of God.  Their wounds are deep from;

Their sexual bounderies broken.

Abusive parents or spouse.

Betrayal of a good friend, spouse or religious.

We all have had hurts.  Some of us close our hearts and say no one will ever hurt me again.  We put up walls and become very angry.  Our hearts become closed and hardened.  Fear is all we know.  Leaving no place for Love, Peace, Joy, Hope or any of the wonderful feelings of the Holy Spirit.  It leaves no room for Jesus in our hearts.  We cannot love or feel loved because we are closed.  Jesus said , I knock at the door,  all we have to do is open it to have joy.  God is always trying to make it better and we cannot even see it.  We are blinded by anger.  God is making an effort to help, hoping that we open our hearts.  We cannot bring ourselves to trust in his merciful love for us.  We missed the fact that He gave his son to die for our sins.  We just expect the worst.  Make an effort to give up Bitternes, Anger, Dispare, and all the other fruits of the devil that you use to feeling daily.  Surrender to God and repent and turn around and recieve all the good God has waiting for you.

FIRST COMMANDMENT

Hear O’Isreal the Lord God is lord alone. You  shall love the Lord your God with all your heard, with all y our soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.

We are suppose to focus only on God nothing else and LOVE with;

All your SOUL

This means no stain on your soul for too long.  Repent immediately go to confession often.  Remember to guard yourself from all evil.  Love everyone for God is in them.  Be totally alive.  Let the Holy Spirit bring all the fruits and gifts to remain with you. Spend silent time with God alone to worship and listen to his word.

All your HEART

No hardened heart but a open heart that nurtures without reservation.  Total giving of attention, time, and understanding.  Searching only for God alone.

All your MIND

Renew our mind with positive thinking.  Work hard on breaking old habits of negative thinking. Ignoring your imagination and trusting the word of God in making good judgements.  Looking at the fruits of the Holy Spirit to be your attitude.

All your STRENGTH

Never give up on good.  It takes lots of strength to Love God at all times.  Turning to God and trusting in His Powerful protection, will give you all the strength you need.

METANOIA Greek for repentence

a change of mind

a change of heart

a change of life

We never outgrow the need for Metonoia

Matthew 4:10   “You shall worship the lord your God; and him alone shall your serve”

What or who in your life is getting in the way of a right relationship with God?

Lord Free us to Love you completely, Make us Holy in all our ways, Soften our hearts, Renew our minds with your truth, strengthen us by your Holy Spirit to serve you alone.  I ask this in Jesus Name. amen

Christian Friendship #2

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Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Words from our mouths may wound others deeply, into the depths of another persons heart and  may take years to heal.  Sometimes they never heal.  Teachers or parents who belittle a child’s intelligence, by calling them stupid or ignorant can cause them damage for years.  Those who knock another persons religion,  create divisions, and hatred , could cause wars.  Those who make fun of the elderly, special, or handicapped persons by calling them names,  appears to be the rule rather than the exception.

Managing our tongue  requires much  prayer and practice.  We cannot change others from making wicked statements.

James 3:8 ” But no human being can tame the tongue full of deadly poison.”  The stories of teens making fun, mentally and physically torturing them to point of suicide.

Proverbs 8: 21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and who loves it will eat its fruits.”  These suicides cannot be healed, it is too late.  There are so many wounds for a family to grasp, that are confronting our youth today.  My prayers are with them all.

We have so many serious disconnects in our society.  Road Rage for example; Having to make sure you do not offend someone or they will verbally abuse or shoot you.    How did we get this wicked?  Our children feel free to be rude verbally to everyone, demonstrating no respect.  Parents that verbally and physically abuse their children can seriously damage their self image causing lower self esteem.  We all have witnessed it and we all have done it at one time or another.  We find it easier to say mean things than to complement someone else.  Lets encourage one another and praise God for all he has given us.

Matthew 12:36-37 “I tell you on the day of Judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be condemned.”

How has Christian gossip hurt you?

I am always surprised when Christians compete and gossip about me.  Recently I was gossiped about and it hurt me deeply.  So deeply that I move away on the scripture.  If they do not accept you wipe the dust from your feet and move to the next town.  We were deeply hurt, no one would listen to how we felt.  It was like we were outcasts of friends.  Hopefully you are not thinking that we deserved it.  Because we did not!!!  The message from Pope Francis came out at that time.  His words were very healing for me.  It is obvious he had same problem with gossip.  This website is here to share your hurt with any wound. I hope that I am not the only one that is sharing!!!!!

Pope Francis wrote

” We have as it were of one heart and one soul:  That unity, unanimity and harmony of feelings of love, mutual love, thinking “others are better than me” , and this is lovely isn’t it?”

But this does not happen automatically after Baptism.  It must be brought about within us, “on the journey through life by the Spirit”. “This gentleness is a somewhat forgotten virtue:  being gentle, making room for others.  There are so many enemies of gentleness, aren”t there?  Starting with gossip.  When people prefer to tell tales, to gossip about others, to give others a few blows.  These are daily events that happen to everyone, and to me too”.  “They are temptations of the evil one.”  he continued, “who does not want the Spirit to create this gentleness, in Christian communities.  In the parish the ladies of cathechesis quarrel with the ladies of Caritas”  These conflicts always exist, in the family, in the neighborhood, even among friends.  And this is not new life.  When the Spirit causes us to be born to new life, he makes us gentle and kind, not judgmental:  the only Judge is the Lord”. The proposal to be silent fits in here.  “If I have something to say, let me say it to the individual, not to the entire neighborhood; only to the one who can remedy the situation”.

“This”, Pope Francis concluded, “is only one step. If , with the grace of the Spirit, we succeed in never gossiping, it will be great and beautiful step ahead and will do everyone good.  Let us ask the Lord to show us and th world the beauty and fullness of this new life of being born of the Spirit, of treading each other with kindness, with respect.  Let us ask for this grace for us all.

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