“Regardless of your chosen faith, at the end of your life’s journey, your heart will be measured in two ways. One, the weight of your conscience must far outweigh the weight of a feather. Two, any impurities in your heart must weigh no more than one feather.”

“Regardless of your chosen faith, at the end of your life’s journey, your heart will be measured in two ways. One, the weight of your conscience must far outweigh the weight of a feather. Two, any impurities in your heart must weigh no more than one feather.” ~ Suzy Kassem

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#MoralStory: An Altruistic Angel

A very poor girl was working as a nurse in a private hospital. A patient admitted to the hospital suddenly became seriously ill and had to be shifted to a major hospital to save his life. The administrator of the hospital insisted that the patient could be discharged only after he had paid his dues completely. The amount in the bill was too big for that poor family. They requested that they may be allowed some time to raise the amount as they were very poor and the patient was critically ill. But the administrator was adamant. The patient’s wife was in tears.

The nurse, who had just arrived for duty, learned the gravity of the situation and made a personal plea to the administrator. But the management wanted the money immediately and was not ready to show any mercy. She quickly removed her golden bangle and deposited it in the cash counter and asked to discharge the patient without any delay. The critically ill patient was then shifted to the major hospital and his life was saved. The bangle was her only valuable possession but she was ready to donate it to save a poor patient.

The bold and timely action of the loving nurse caught the attention of the doctor on duty. He was immensely impressed by her charity. He was a very rich man but was reluctant to act when the patient’s life was in danger. He was enlightened by her act of affection. He told his friend, Dr. D. John, “Today I saw Jesus. He is a girl!” Read more…

Center of My Life

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O Lord, you are the center of my life:
I will always praise you,
I will always serve you,
I will always keep you in my sight.

Keep me safe, O God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord, “You are my God.
My happiness lies in you alone;
my happiness lies in you alone.”

I will bless the Lord, who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
even in safety shall my body rest.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay.

You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand,
at your right hand happiness forever.

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#ShortNews: Christians are part of the same dating pool as everyone else.

Many Christians’ expectations about marriage have dimmed. Whereas only 37 percent of the least religious never-married adults in the 2014 Relationships in America survey said they would prefer instead to be married, 56 percent of the most religious never-married adults said the same. But 56 is a far cry from 80 or 90 percent.

Young Christians are suffering the bruising effects of participating in the same wider mating market as the rest of the country. Many Orthodox Jews and Mormons have eschewed the wider mating market, while Christians in their 20s and 30s have not. These Christians’ narratives are seldom radically different from nonreligious Americans.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/09/05/christians-are-part-of-the-same-dating-pool-as-everyone-else-thats-bad-for-the-church/?utm_term=.9087c06e72ab

#ShortNews: Is This the Face of Mary Magdalene?

Scientists were able to reconstruct a face based on an ancient skull—whether it belonged to the Biblical figure remains a mystery.

From the information, scientists were able to glean that the skull belonged to a woman who died at around 50 years old, and who was of Mediterranean descent. The shape of the nose and other features were determined using trigonometric ratios based on characteristics consistent with the skull’s age, sex, and ethnicity.

The facial reconstruction is based on computer modeling of the skull and depicts a woman with a pointed nose, high cheekbones, and a round face. For those who believe these are the bones of Mary Magdalene, this is the face of one of the Catholic Church’s most infamous women.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/mary-magdalene-face-skull-france-video-spd/

 

#ShortNews: no Christ without a Cross, no Cross without a Christ

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Francis during his homily at daily Mass preached on the “mystery of love” that is the Cross of Christ and warned against two spiritual temptations related to it.

The first temptation, he said, is to think of Christ without a cross or to reduce him a “spiritual teacher”. The second, he said, is to think of a cross without Christ or to remove all hope in a type of “spiritual masochism”.

Pope Francis said the Liturgy speaks of the Cross as a noble and faithful tree, pointing out that it is not always easy to understand the Cross. “We advance in the mystery of love only through contemplation,” he said.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/09/14/pope_at_mass_%E2%80%98cross_of_christ_is_mystery_of_love%E2%80%99/1336797

We Are Two-Way Mirrors

Taken from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

There is only one thing you must definitely answer for yourself: “Who am I?” Or, restated, “Where do I abide?” If you can get that right, the rest largely takes care of itself. Paul answers the questions directly: “You are hidden with Christ in God, and God is your life” (Colossians 3:3-4). Every time you start hating yourself, ask, “Who am I?” The answer will come, “I am hidden with Christ in God” in every part of my life. I am bearing both the mystery of suffering humanity and God’s glory. Maybe right now I must bear the suffering part to be in solidarity with both humanity and “Christ,” which is just another word for everything (see 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, 15:20-28, or Colossians 1:15-20).

God keeps looking at what is good in the human person. What is entirely good in me is called God and, of course, God finds this always and entirely lovable. God fixes God’s gaze intently where I refuse to look, on my shared, divine nature as God’s daughter or son (1 John 3:2). God looks at me and sees Christ. And one day my gaze matches God’s gaze. This is what we mean by prayer. At those times I will find God entirely lovable and myself fully lovable at the same time. Why? Because it is the same set of eyes that is doing the looking (2 Corinthians 3:18), and we henceforth look out at life together and agree on what we see.

“The eye with which I see God is the same one with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love,” said the non-dual teacher Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 – c. 1328). No wonder they called him “Master”! All you have to do is receive the gaze and then return what you have received. It is an entire agenda for your whole life. All you really do is complete the circuit, “love returning love” as my father, Saint Francis, put it. We are two-way mirrors.

We are saved by standing consciously and confidently inside the force field that is Christ, not by getting it right in our private selves. This is too big a truth for the small self to even imagine. We’re too tiny, too insecure, too ready to beat ourselves up. We do not need to be correct, but we can always try to remain connected to our Source. The great and, for some, disappointing surprise is that many people who are not correct are the most connected.

All we can do is fall into the Eternal Mercy — into Love — which we can never actually fall out of because “we belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God” (1 Corinthians 3:23) as Paul so beautifully stated. Eventually, we know that we are all saved by mercy in spite of ourselves. The supreme irony is that we are saved much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right! That must be the final humiliation to the ego.

Our holiness is first of all and really only God’s holiness, and that is why it’s certain and secure. It is a participation in love, a mutual indwelling, not an achievement or performance on our part. “If anyone wants to boast, let him boast in the Lord,” Paul shouts at the end of his long argument (1 Corinthians 1:31). Jeremiah said the same long before Paul (Jeremiah 9:22-23).