This next week is more hectic than normal.
A visitor came yesterday.
There is more noise in the house.
So, I’m taking some time-out to reflect.
The noise can’t disrupt our connection to the divine.
Tips for peace:
Listen. Share. Let them appreciate your soft fur.
We don’t need to compete in our conversations. We don’t need to eat fancy food. Getting to know each others spiritual qualities is a good time.
Daredevil Dean Potter is making headline news for his slackline rope walk over an impressive canyon in China. Opinions aimed at his achievement run high and wide. Opinions point at Potter and say he is reckless, fearless, or a showoff. Ironically, opinions about human beings never hit the mark. They just fall to the ground.
When I watched Dean Potter walk the rope, I thought, Yep, another reminder that the impossible is possible. Then I wondered, What kind of music was he listening to?
From21st Century Science and Health, “If record breaking performers believed it impossible to accomplish spectacular events, they could never do it. Their belief that they can achieve gives their thought forces, called muscles, their flexibility and power which the unscientific might attribute to adrenaline or genes. Fear must disappear before the power of putting resolve into action can appear.”
Emotions are as varied as cereals.
Don’t buy into the sugary emotions that leave us hyper and tired, such as infatuation, greed, fear, and apathy.
Courtesy: Healthy Cooking Coach
Buy into and eat the humdrum emotions that keep us going all day. Honesty, realism, forgiveness, empathy…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5: 22-23, NIV)
The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to change the image of “what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching in regard to the ban on birth control.”
“These women are hardly renegades,” wrote Boorstein. The women are arguing “that church theology has been poorly explained and encouraged, they want to shift the image of a traditional Catholic woman from one at home with eight kids to one with a great, communicative sex life, a chemical-free body and babies only when the parents believe the time is right.”
I tend to agree: Church leaders have been known once in a while, to lack in the skill-set of teaching properly theological issues and giving appropriate encouragement. To be honest, I would have a difficult time heeding marital advice from a man who took a vow of celibacy. Besides, there is no record that Christ Jesus attempted to regulate sex between married couples. Furthermore, the Bible has quoted Jesus as saying, “Beware of the teachers of the law”? (Luke 20:46, NIV)
Whether it was the nation’s recent administrative mandate that faith-based charities, schools, and hospitals provide birth control and reproductive services in health insurance plans, effective January 2013, or these young Catholic women, the touchy topic of contraceptives and doing right by God has been urged out into the open.