Friday, August 28, 2015

7 Quick Takes

1.  Music I'm lovin' right now

2.  If you live anywhere near the path of Hurricane Erika, you will find today's Gospel particularly worth reading and acting on.  If you don't want to read it all or you are not concerned about hurricanes, I'll break it down:  Be a wise and be prepared for the storm.  Of course, while preparing, continue to pray it breaks up and no one is harmed.

3. I don't like it when people mock decaf coffee.  I drink decaf because I like the taste of coffee.  I don't need the caffeine to wake up or stay focused.  On occasion I drink regular coffee and trust me, me on a steady caffeine intake would not be the best thing.  For one, I talk too much and too fast on it.  So just hand me the decaf and be grateful I know myself.

4.  I have a new friend on my desk; my Iggy bobble head from Loyola Press.  You know what's great about him, he gently nods his head yes as I type or work at my desk.  Very inspirational!

5.  I have a few posts up elsewhere you might enjoy:
This one, To plan or not? over at CatholicMom about planning and my summer! 
At New Evangelizers I discussed my ongoing Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

6.  And speaking of New Evangelizers, I am the blog editor now.  It is exciting to be a part of something bigger than myself and help other people's writing get out there on the internet.  I'm still learning the ropes.  We've added some now authors, today Barbara Hosbach offers a reflection on Psalm 1.  PS: if you'd like to write on the site, contact me at notlukewarm316 (at) bellsouth (dot) net.

7.  I read this excellent post on Mental Space from Kathleen Basi this morning and I think it really points to why sometimes we feel like so much is going on while others wonder what on earth we are talking about.  It resonated with me even though my examples would be totally different it makes so much sense.  

Happy Friday!  Prepare for the Hurricane if needed.  Check out more Quick Takes after you buy water.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” John 6:35

Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel is known as the Bread of Life Discourse.  It is here, not at the Last Supper, that we are told that Jesus has been given to us by the Father so that we can be saved and have eternal life.  Over and over in the Gospels Jesus ask his apostles if they have faith, if they trust and over and over again their words say no.  And then, Jesus shows them who he is and their eyes are opened, if just for the briefest moment.  And they see with eyes of faith.  Many of Jesus’ followers left him because of his words in chapter six.  They were looking for signs, something big and flashy.  But Jesus has no need of flash.  He comes to us in the simple, ordinary stuff of life; bread and wine.  All of him is contained in the smallest of crumbs, the tiniest drop and we take and eat and become one with Jesus.  And we pray, as John the Baptist, “I must decrease, he must increase.”

Our challenge is to become a true follower of Jesus.  Our faith and trust in him and his word must override our faith and trust in the world.  What has the world ever given us to compare with what Jesus has given us?  The world wants us to live for the moment; Jesus offers us eternal life.  The world is nonstop motion trying to achieve success; Jesus offers us a peace that is beyond all understanding.  The world says it is all about me; Jesus shows us that if we die to ourselves, we gain life in abundance.

Do we believe he is present in the Eucharist?  Pray to believe and know this with the eyes of faith.  And then, we can follow him.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Feast of St. Ignatius!

I have a lovely reflection about how and why I have come to love St. Ignatius.  In my head.  Which is also full of a cold.  So, I've rounded up some links and things for you to enjoy instead!

1.  Six Characteristics of Ignatian Spirituality

2.  A Way to pray the Examen

Church of St. Ignatius in Rome
St. Edward in Palm Beach, FL which was built by Jesuits

5.  A roundup of quotes

6  The book that began my Ignatian Journey.  Thank You, Mona!

7.  If you are on Twitter follow Iggy @FindIggy

8.  A #findiggy post from Margaret Felice

9.  A fun website, Find Your Inner Iggy,  with all the #findIggy posts, tweets and swag.

If you are unfamiliar with Ignatius, learn about him.  He was what the Church needed back in the 1500's and he is what we need today!  

For those who love, nothing is too difficult,                                                               especially when it is done for the love of  our Lord Jesus Christ.                                   St. Ignatius Loyola