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Broken? – Stanza XIII – Part II

August 15, 2014 by  
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“Take up your cross” You tell us still; in this is our salvation won. Not by strength or mighty actions, but little things, done with great love. The words “…but little things, done with great love.” in this stanza were inspired by St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Blessed Mother Teresa. Both are very good examples of the kind of souls God sends into the world to help us find, and stay, on the narrow path. Because she... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XIII – Part I

August 1, 2014 by  
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Note from Dan: Dear friends, this post and combox comments reference a book, “Healing of Families” by Fr. Josef Ssemakula. It has come to our attention that the Fathers of Mercy and others have completed an in-depth theological review and have found numerous serious problems with the text. As well, it is clear and unfortunate that Fr. Ssemakula published the text even though his diocese would not issue an Imprimatur. It... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XII – Part II

February 21, 2014 by  
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“No pain, No gain!” You led the way, and showed the path we too must find. Your saints remind us through example, on what to set our heart and mind. The lives of the saints and martyrs are full of absolutely amazing stories that demonstrate what a life dedicated to following the path Jesus set for us may look like. Far from being boring cookie-cutter examples, the variety is fascinating, and provides enough examples that all... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XII – Part I

February 7, 2014 by  
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Broken? Stanza XII Part I “No pain, No gain!” You led the way, and showed the path we too must find. Your saints remind us through example, on what to set our heart and mind. Human beings are noble creatures. God made us in His own likeness, and if He is good, then it follows that we must be good, as well. The concept of nobility, goodness, or dignity does not include any selfishness or inclination toward evil. In fact, quite... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XI – Part II

October 18, 2013 by  
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Broken? ~ Stanza XI ~ Part II You never said it would be easy, following Your footsteps here. In fact You promised pain and sorrow; much suffering for those who persevere. It is not easy to truly follow Jesus. As I write this I am reminded of an expression I learned as a child. “Nothing that’s easy is worth having.” It sheds a great deal of light onto the phenomenon of a generation of people who seem to have very little respect... Read More

Broken? – Stanza XI – Part I

October 4, 2013 by  
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You never said it would be easy, following Your footsteps here. In fact You promised pain and sorrow; much suffering for those who persevere. It was an enlightening moment of my formation when I first heard Fr. Pinto, founder of the Disciples of Jesus and Mary, say that believing in Jesus doesn’t mean simply believing that He exists, (Which is pretty much where I was at the time.), it means putting our trust in Him and believing... Read More

Broken? Stanza X – Part II

August 23, 2013 by  
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Broken? Stanza X Part II Your call Dear Lord, is to something better, where peace and love and grace abound. The soul united with its Master, this is where true joy is found. The desire for God is a built-in part of every human being. It’s like a homing device that attracts us to Him. This desire is also subtle, and in the noisy, chaotic world we live in, it can be difficult to discern; if we ignore it, it becomes all but... Read More

Broken? Stanza X – Part I

August 9, 2013 by  
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Your call Dear Lord, is to something better, where peace and love and grace abound. The soul united with its Master, this is where true joy is found. I’ve lived most of my life in ignorance of what words like this really mean. The examples I saw and the teaching I received said that we live our lives on earth, with all the included suffering and drudgery, in the hope that we will be rewarded by making it to heaven when we die.... Read More

Broken? Stanza IX – Part II

June 21, 2013 by  
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Broken? But peace cannot be found this way, nor will lasting joy be had. Only temporary pleasures, self put first in a world gone mad. A sad irony in the debate about abortion is the fact that women are asking, no,  demanding, to be abused. Abortion is abuse, plain and simple. It is a violation of the dignity of a woman’s body, which was created to participate in the mystery of creation. God made us His special helpers. He made... Read More

Broken? Stanza IX – Part I

June 7, 2013 by  
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Broken? But peace cannot be found this way, nor will lasting joy be had. Only temporary pleasures, self put first in a world gone mad. This is the stanza that took the longest to write, and it is also my favorite from the first half of the poem because of the last line. I see very clearly that we are losing touch with God, who IS reality, and putting ourselves in first place. After much laboring over the words for the last line…..... Read More

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