Friday, September 11, 2015
"Remove wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."
As I was praying with this Gospel this morning, I realized the similarities in the words "Gospel" and "gossip." Gospel signifies good news; the Good News of Jesus. Gossip is the opposite, really. Gospel is truth, gossip is probably not. Today, let's concentrate on living the Gospel of Jesus and not let ourselves get sucked into the gossip we may hear at work. Jesus gives us the perfect blueprint how to treat others--giving them the benefit of the doubt. That is truth. What you may hear around the water cooler, not so much. Blessings on your Friday and your later summer weekend! Love, heidi
Thursday, September 10, 2015
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
One of the prayers that I find very helpful is the Examen, given to us by St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. One could actually incorporate this prayer into the silence at the end of the day, if that was helpful. The Examen is simply, prayerfully going through the events of the completed day and seeing where God was vividly present. God was certainly present in the entire day--every single minute! But, sometimes combing through the events of the day helps us to see God where we may not expect to see God. We could note certain promptings or inclinations that may have occurred through the day. How did we respond? Can we see where God is present as we look back where maybe we didn't see God while the events were happening? Are there times we can say, "Wow, I wish I'd done THAT differently!" Or, "I sure could have gone without saying THAT!" (If that pops up for you, welcome to my head). The Examen is a time to connect at the end of the day to see the God tracks throughout the day. It helps us to see how God is very active and present throughout our daily work-a-day lives. It also helps us to see the times we may want to do a bit better next time. Love, heidi
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
"Think of what is above, not of what is on earth."
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
"Brothers and Sisters: We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to God's purpose..."