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Tag Archive for ‘relationships’

When is the true nature of joy understood?

“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be obtained only by someone who is detached.” ― Simone Weil Healthy detachment is not indifference. Nor is it something cold and aloof. The detachment that is based on fear is a way of self protection from the chaos that seems to be a part of […]

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Our deepest thirst

People disappoint us and we do the same for others because we simply can’t be ‘all that’. We have a transcendental aspect to our humanity that is more often than not overlooked, buried and even denied. It is then that we switch that deep and total relationship on to finite beings who simply can’t give […]

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Care giving

I would suppose over the years as a caregiver, I have had the honor of accompanying many in the last years of their lives. Some have been easier than others to work with. They being more lovable and very fulfilling, at least on the interpersonal and emotional level, to take care of. Others (?), well […]

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Late call

It was Saturday night when my beeper went off and it had the 911 code on it. So I called into the floor to see what was going on. Janice (not her real name) was very apologetic about waking me, but she said: “Mark, I have a family emergency and need to go home”. So […]

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Light fills all it touches

On Friday, during Mass, when my soul was flooded with God’s happiness, I heard these words in my soul: My mercy has passed into souls through the divine-human Heart of Jesus as a ray from the sun passes through crystal. I felt in my heart and understood that every approach to God is brought about […]

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Into the Spirit of Jesus

In no way do I seek perfection inquisitively, but I probe into the spirit of Jesus and fix my eyes on His deeds as summarized in the Gospel. Even if I live a thousand years, I would not exhaust what is contained there.–Sr. Faustina’s diary 510 When the reality of Jesus becomes actual, when the depth of […]

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Questions about ‘Ultimate Reality’

When talking to people about their inner lives and how they pray and process, I find that I have talked to no one who fits into any kind of preconceived all size fits all spirituality. Each person is unique in how they deal with the mystery of who they are and how they relate to […]

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Separation

I, personally, have never bought into letting go of my “truly” loved ones. It simply doesn’t compute in my system. It is completely foreign to me. For one thing, a “truly” loved one is someone who is absolutely ingrained in my heart and soul. I don’t have many “truly” loved ones; however, I have people […]

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The Lord is near, even in darkness and dryness of spirit

‘Don’t grow weary of me’ . . . . I go away and come back to you. And when I go away, you remain close to me. Don’t be like the people who, in a season of dryness, flee from me and abandon Me. They don’t know their Savior. It is because I love you […]

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