2.24.13

Meds

In Conversation with God:

For six days the Apostles had been weighed down by sorrow… It is Jesus’ tenderness that enables them to contemplate his glorification… The principal aim of the Transfiguration was to banish from the disciples’ souls the scandal of the Cross. The disciples would never forget this drop of honey that Jesus gave them in the midst of his grief.

In the midst of the greatest sufferings he gives us the consolation we need to keep going forward.

The flash of God’s glory transported the disciples into a state of immense happiness… Peter wants to make the situation last longer… what is good, what really matters, is not to be in this place or that, but always to be with Jesus, wherever we are, and to be able to see him behind all the circumstances in which we may find ourselves. If we are with him, it is all the same whether we find ourselves surrounded by the greatest consolations in the world, or in a hospital bed suffering indescribable pain… Vultum tuum, Domine, requiram.

… the Jesus they know… is sometimes hungry, sometimes tired… They see Jesus without any special manifestations of glory. It was normal for the Apostles to see Our Lord like that… This is the Jesus we have to find in our ordinary life, in the midst of our work, out in the street, in the people around us, in our prayer… Normally he does not show himself to us with any special manifestations… we have to learn to find our Lord in what is ordinary, every day, and we must flee from the temptation of ever wanting anything extraordinary.

Living Liturgy for Cantors:

… Jesus could not remain on the mountain bu thad to continue his journey to Jerusalem and the Cross.

… confidence does not exempt one from anxiety. The righteous and obedient Abraham must sit through a “terrifying darkness” before hearing God’s word of promise… Peter, James, and John are overcome by darkness and fear after seeing Christ glorified… we, too, have moments of revelation and periods of darkness. There are moments when we see the transfigured Christ and know his glory to be our future… there are long periods when… we can neither see nor speak but only wait in hope. These verses from Psalm 27 capture both sides of our experience and frame them with faith… The psalm is shot through with images of danger and death… the danger you face is the struggle with evil and the death to self this entails… How are you being called… to die to yourself? What keeps you confident in God’s promise of ultimate transformation?

Playlist

… life is not what i thought it was… and i’m not who i thought i was…i want to see miracles, see the world change, wrestled the angel for more than a name, for more than a feeling, for more than a cause…
… i could use a fresh beginning, too, all of my regrets are nothing new, so this is the way that i say i need You, this is the way that i’m learning to breathe, i’m learning to crawl…
… everything inside you knows there’s more than what you’ve heard, there’s so much more than empty conversations filled with empty words… give me one more time around, give me one more chance to see… everything inside me looks like everything i hate… i’m standing on the edge of me, i’m standing on the edge of everything i’ve never been before…
… Your love is a melody… Your love is my remedy… Your love is a song…
… do you love me enough to let me go… every breath you take is not yours to own…
… these are the scars deep in your heart, this is the place you were born, this is the hole where most of your soul comes ripping out from the places you’ve been torn… hallelujah, i’m caving in, hallelujah, i’m in love again…
… i’m losing ground and gaining speed, i’ve lost myself or most of me… i’ll sing until my heart caves in… these days pass me by, i dream with open eyes, nightmares haunt my days, visions blur my nights… if it doesn’t break your heart, it isn’t Love, if it doesn’t break your heart, it’s not enough, it’s when you’re breaking down with your insides coming out, that’s when you find out what your heart is made of…
… take what is left of me and make it a melody… where have you gone? i need your breath in my lungs tonight… my world is wrong, my world is a lie that’s come true, and i fall in love with the ones that run me through…
… nowhere feels safe to me, nowhere feels home, even in crowds, i’m alone… every now and then, i see you dreaming, every now and then, i see you cry…
… is this what they call freedom? is this what you call pain?
… i’m alone for our last goodbye… every lament is a love song…
… let your love be strong…
… where are You in my broken heart…

ToB #56 ~ The Virtue of Purity Is the Expression and Fruit of Life According to the Spirit

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor… ~ 1 Thess 4:4

Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body are more necessary. And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour: and those that are our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. But our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, giving to that which wanted the more abundant honour. That there might be no schism in the body; but the members might be mutually careful one for another. And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it: or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it. ~ 1 Cor 12:22 – 26

… according to the First Letter to the Corinthians, respect is seen precisely in relation to its element of modesty…

… purity is a capacity centered on the dignity of the body…

We have a duty to our bodies, because our bodies are not our own; the presence of the Spirit within is what gives our bodies – the physical manifestation of our invisible souls – dignity, and we are obligated to uphold it.

Awareness of the redemption of the body operates in the human will… in acts for the purpose of causing man to acquire an appropriate ability or capacity…

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