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Celebrating Easter Everyday….

Celebrating Easter Everyday….

During this lenten season, with the anticipation of Easter Sunday on my mind, I’ve been pondering the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus and what it means for me personally.

As most of you know I believe that there is only one God. God for me is known by many names. I believe that God shows up in a perfect way for everyone, everywhere. I also believe that some people that don’t acknowledge God, but are kind, loving, generous people are being used by God whether they know it or not.

Today I am a committed follower of the teachings of Jesus first and foremost in my life. About 25 years ago I took a spiritual side trip and had a great time learning about all the ways that God shows up for other people. Bottom line I learned that to live in the Kingdom of Love is all there is and those of us who know that, live a happy life no matter what is going on in the world or in our lives.

Then four years ago I was strongly urged to narrow my path. Catholicism and Jesus is the way God showed up for me when I was born.  So I was led back to the Catholic Church, continuing to take what I liked and leaving the rest. With the main focus for me being the teachings of Jesus. I’ve learned that in order to follow these teachings I needed a personal relationship with Jesus. So Jesus became my best friend and I talk with Him often during the day and night.

In Genesis we read that the Spirit of God, from before the beginning of time, hovered over all the empty, darkness of what became the world. So the Holy Spirit has always been and will always be everywhere.

But…. something happened when Jesus died on the cross. I think that during His trial he was tortured not only by the all the humiliation he went through during that time but He took on every aspect of what humans face in the world. He literally absorbed all the evil, all the shame, all the pain and ugliness of the world and surrendered it all and died releasing the power of His Holy Spirit.

Jesus told his disciples that when he died he would send His Spirit to minister to them and guide them. While on earth he was fully human and called Jesus. When he died on the cross and rose from the dead He was able to release His “Christ” Spirit to the whole world, in a more powerful way.  He filled the world and each one of us with His Christ powered Grace so that all of us could chose to be a part of His Holy Spirit more fully.

Now some of you may not agree with all that I’ve said and that’s o.k. But let’s face it something very powerful happened when he rose from the dead. Just think about what we know. Jesus was physically and actively teaching in the world for only three years. He taught 12 men how to follow in his foot steps and now over 2000 years have past but his message came through and spread all over the world in a very short time.

FATHER ROHR SAYS IT THIS WAY:

“The day of Pentecost frees the apostles to believe in a God who is

actively involved in their lives and no longer a mere intellectual

concept. The Holy Spirit has become wind, fire, joy, excitement,

universal shareability, and not just another boring Sabbath obligation

or more commandments to obey. Notice how all the metaphors of Spirit

presence are dynamic, alive, moving, and universally available.

 

The Spirit will always be totally unmerited grace. She always takes the

initiative, because Spirit is omnipresent, and thus there first! In the

first Pentecost account (Acts 2:1-13 [1]) the Holy Spirit is experienced as

intimacy, enlightenment, joy, and fire, and as the power to love beyond

boundaries and ethnicities, which now becomes the universal language.

She is presented as surprising, elusive, and free, and yet totally

given. The Spirit comes from no place we can control, least of all by

our good behavior or even our bad behavior. All we can do is surrender,

enjoy, and share. A spirit-filled life becomes like a pass-through

savings account—which gains lots of “interest” for yourself and

others when it is consciously enjoyed.”

Now this is what we can celebrate everyday of our lives….not just on Easter Sunday.

Thinking about you with Love this Holy Season I pray…. May your lives be enriched with Love, Joy and Peace.

Love, Anne

Remember to Feed Your Soul

 

 

 

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God IS Love!!! Love IS a Choice!!!

September 27 2012

This morning I’m filled with the awareness of God’s love for us. Jesus’ message is all about love. Most of the people of His time did not get it and we know how the clergy of His time felt about it all. They were so threatened by his message of love they made it their job to stop Him. They were very comfortable following the rules. Follow the rules is what they wanted him to do. He calmed the waters when the boat was in a storm but he rocked the boat more often than not on the land. They did not like that at all.

Jesus’ message lives on…..but it’s evident to me that most people today don’t get it either. Just imagine what this world could be like if we all knew we were loved just the way we are and if each of us would live our lives from that place and love one another.

I think the most important message is that God loves us and wants to love others through us. For me that’s where it starts. What makes it so real for me is that I’ve experienced trying to love unconditionally on my own and have failed every time. My love for others without the realization that it is God loving them and not me ends up being unhealthy love.

God is the doer. The part of me that is one with God is the part of me that loves God, that loves others and that loves my enemies. That’s what God is…..God is love. Of myself I am nothing. In God, all things are possible.

For me, God is the doer, God is the initiator, God is the one who seduces me in my unworthiness. It’s all about God’s initiative! Our work is about giving that love back to the world. Our work is about letting God work through us, letting God use us in loving ways to be active witnesses of God’s love to the world.

If we could really grasp that God lives in each one of us and that we are intimately loved by God and that God wants to express through us I wonder what we would accomplish. If we could just let go and let God guide us and show us the way, we would be amazed at what would happen. I am amazed often!!!

Are you willing to let go of all your old ideas? Most people in the bible were afraid to let go. Are you afraid to let go? Well I’m here to hold your hand to encourage and support you. I’m also willing to let God love you through me, until you are ready to surrender. Surrender is what is required to be free to love in a way that will change the world.

Surrender simply means to take your attention off of the world’s discord and put your attention on God. See God all around you, in the trees, the flowers, in the clouds, in the homeless person on the street, in your husband, in your wife, in your children, in your life. God is everywhere and in everyone. Look for God and you will see God everywhere. That’s surrender! AMEN!!!

I can hear you now, “This is too hard! ‘I can’t do what you are asking Anne!’ Well in the 12 step program we are told, “To act as if!” ‘To fake it ‘til make it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Love is the prize.

I can’t prove this to you…..only you can prove it for yourselves.

Remember to Feed Your Soul……Seeing God everywhere is a way to feed your soul…..and for me it’s the only way to live.

Love and Blessings Galore,

Anne

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Truths about Love to Ponder……

September 19, 2012

Truths about Love to Ponder:

There are two versions to ponder. The following quotes are from two different translations of the bible:

The first is from a fairly new translation called “The Message!”

The second is from the New International Version

 

“The Message”

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t ae a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me First,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others.

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trust God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

 

The New International Version”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,

it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others,

it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered,

it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects,

always trusts,

always hopes,

always perseveres.

Love never fails.

I know this all sounds beyond our ability to accomplish…..but remember, living in Love, these attributes are what we are striving for. They are worthwhile goals. Remember none of us can do anything perfectly…..but all of us can be willing, to be willing, to be willing, to move in this direction. With God we will do our very best and accomplish more than we think we can.

If this doesn’’t stir up some questions and/or comments nothing I write will.

Remember to Feed You Soul!!!

Love & Blessings Galore!!!

Anne

 

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Loving God, Loving Neighbor as our self…as our Self!!!

September 18, 2012

Loving God, Loving Neighbor as our self…as our Self…

As I typed my title above I hit on something. If we love our neighbor as our Self…..our higher Self that is then it’s a piece of cake….well almost a piece of cake. Sometimes that’s where I have to go with others in my life. I simply have to love that part of them that is one with me in the higher realm of life.  Mysterious and challenging, not easy but very simple. It’s one of those spiritual concepts that has to start with knowing who we are in the scheme of life.

I know today from experience that I am one with God. There are times when it’s evident and as plain as day and then there are other times when it’s hidden from me in a way that my only course of action is to fake it until I feel it again. It’s happened often enough that I can trust that all is well, not matter what….. God is in charge and all is well.

O.K.  To love others from this place requires me to ask God to love them through me by helping me to be kind, gentle and generous, not only with others but of course with myself.

Remember loving others starts with Loving God. I’ve learned that when I love God totally to the best of my ability, I can do what ever I’m asked to do, sometimes dragging my feet a bit but doing it anyway. I can remember saying to myself….”Do it afraid!” Usually I drag my feet because I’m afraid.  I’ve learned that if I do my part, even imperfectly, God will do for me what seems impossible for me to do on my own. Each one of those experiences reinforces what I already know and experience…..we are all one body in God.

God loves each one of us the same. Just the way we are. We were created in the image and likeness of God. We are sacred but we just don’t know it in a way that serves us.

Today I know that I don’t know anything and for me that humility. What that means for me is that I know nothing remains the same and there is always more to learn, experience, grow and change, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

So remember dear ones: Remember to Feed Your Souls, That’s the best way to love yourself and the best way to Love God.

Remember to Feed Your Souls Today!!!

With Love and Gratitude,

Anne

 
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Loving myself….

September 17, 2012

Loving myself…..

Loving myself like I’ve said before starts with my commitment to love my Creator and to make that Love the center of my life.

It takes determination, a solid commitment, vigilance, and faith that no matter what my mind tells me I am loving God to the best of my ability with the tools and knowledge that I have at my disposal at this time. WHEW…that was a mouth full!!! But also very true. Thoughts are powerful. As a man/woman thinks so is he/she in her heart.

As best I can I pay attention to my thoughts. I now know it’s not God telling me there’s ice cream in the freezer. But you can bet your life if I keep thinking about the ice cream in the freezer it will soon be in my stomach. Food being the drug of my choice is as damaging to my well being as alcohol is to an alcoholic. Everything I do starts with a thought. When I remember to pray before acting on a thought it’s amazing what happens but sometimes the temptation is so great that I find myself eating the ice cream before I even think about praying first. Today I love myself enough to keep ice cream out of my home. When I love myself in that way I am also loving God.

My body is the Temple of Love. My body is sacred and requires a lot of attention and care. Eating healthy, exercising and paying attention to my thoughts are ways that I love myself. I know that when I’m at odds with myself I am unable to love others.

We are called to love others as ourselves. Not more than ourselves but as ourselves. When we love and accept who we are, just the way we are, which is the way God loves us then we are able to love others in a healthy way.

There was a time when I knew more about the people around me because I thought I was loving them, but what I discovered is that I was avoiding and not loving myself. I spent time learning about others because I wanted to make them happy, I thought….but when I started really looking at my self and being honest with myself I discovered that everything I did was for my benefit. If the people around me were happy then I was happy. Here’s an essay I wrote a couple of years ago that tells this part of my story.

Healing My Life

April 14, 2009

Compulsive overeating and obsessive people pleasing were the demise of my life. Yes! My whole life. Food kept me from being in touch with my feelings and people pleasing kept me from knowing who I was, what my God given gifts were and what I wanted in life. I rarely gave any thought to what was important to me. I was concentrating on the people around me and looking for ways to make them happy. If they were happy so was I…..that is until I hit a bottom in my life, that looked to the world like a successful life.

I had acquired everything the world says you need to be happy. I had for the most part,  a kind, loving, devoted husband who was an excellent provider. I could go anywhere, buy anything, do anything, be anything and “should” have been very happy but I was miserable.

The one thing I knew for sure was that there was a God that I loved and that God loved me. I had what I thought was a healthy spiritual life. Most of the time, I knew that I was being led and could see signs of that in my life. But somewhere along the way I was derailed. I’d become so obsessed with food and people that food and people became my god.  I was brought to my knees because I was miserable.

My spiritual tool box was empty.  In the past when I prayed I was restored to a peaceful place. Now nothing was working. Emotionally I was frightened, frustrated, angry and disappointed.

I hated my job. Thinking that was my problem I quit working, but nothing got better. In fact my relationships got worse. My emotions took over making my entire  life a mess. I was not a fun person to be with. I was rude to sales people. My sister and I would get into screaming matches and I would end up hanging up on her. I was suffering physically as well. Headaches, backaches, stomach, gallbladder and sinus problems seemed to take turns plaguing me. No matter what I did I could not get relief.

Someone who loved me very much could see what was happening to me. This loving person told me that she used alcohol and drugs to deal with life and it seemed to her that I used food. She told me that she was attending AA meetings and that there was an organization for people who used food called Overeater’s Anonymous. She also asked me to go to Al-Anon. Alanon is for those of us who live with an alcoholic or have a loved one in our life that is addicted. I was ready to try anything and everything that could possibly restored me.

I went to my first OA Meeting on a Friday night in March of 1982. It was a small meeting with only about five people attending. It was held in a small, rather drab Sunday school room of a local church. As I looked around I was not impressed. That is until I spotted and read a poster with “The Twelve Steps of Alcohol Anonymous” printed large enough to read with ease.  As I read each step I began to cry. These were tears of hope. I intuitively knew that I’d found a home. I also knew that those twelve steps would fill my tool box, repair my life and allow me to be healed.

Well that was the beginning of a new life for me. I’m ever so grateful to the loving person who by the grace of God had the courage to tell me the truth. I’d hit a true bottom and was ready to surrender my way of doing things. Today I surrender everyday and reaffirm my commitment to Love God with all my heart, my soul and my mind and to love my neighbor as myself. I’m even learning to love my enemies. Lots to write about….lots to think about.

Remember to love like your life depends on it…..because it does!!!

Remember to Feed you Soul…..it’s a good way to love yourself.

Blessings of Love for each of you,

Anne

 

 

 
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You are the Christ Mysterty too!!!

May 28, 2012

Pentecost & Ascension

The celebration of Ascension Thursday was May 27 and Pentecost Sunday was yesterday. This is a piece I wrote for the men at the Main Jail. Today I am strongly led to share this inspiration with everyone.

The celebration of The Ascension and Pentecost Sunday come and go and I don’t think we give those celebrations much thought, at least I haven’t in the past.

Part of it I think has to do with the evolution of our consciousness. I remember as a child, religious teaching was different. As a Catholic we were not allowed to read the bible and discern the teaching on our own. The negative side of religion was strongly taught. We were taught that we were sinners and that in order to go to heaven we had to obey the ten commandments and all the church rules. What I know today and rely on totally is what Jesus said, “I did not come to abolish the law but to fullfill it” and that’s what he did. We are no longer bound by the law but, by the grace of God we live and breath, change and grow…. and one day we will consciously live the Divine life that we were created for. We are slowly but surely waking up to the truth of who we are.

Today I celebrate The Ascension as part of my existence. Today I know that Jesus died for our sins but also know that the day of Ascension was the day of his final stage of human life and every human life as we knew it then. When he ascended, he connected Earth and Heaven, Human and Divine, Matter and Spirit. We all became one. On that day the material world returned to its spiritual Source. Uniting us with the Holy Spirit and with God the Father completely. And thereby completing what he came to do, he came to release the power of the Holy Spirit into the Universe. Creating the Christ Consciousness that we are all invited into and are slowing waking up to.

Jesus told the Apostles He would send us a helper. And that’s what happened on the day of Pentecost. Everyone….. not just the apostles were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The fruits of the spirit were planted in us. Like any seed that is planted it needs to be fertilized and cultivated. These gifts of the spirit need to be acknowledged and developed within ourselves.

These gifts are: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness , generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. All these gifts will manifest in our lives if we live in the awareness of the Holy Spirit to help us. We can do nothing by ourselves but with the Helper that Jesus sent we can develop all these gifts. Stay with this startling truth in the days ahead, and it will rearrange your mind and heart, and change the way you see everything, because you are the Christ Mystery too!!!

Let your prayer be….”Come Holy Spirit Come”

Remember to feed your soul….remembering that you are…..The Christ Mystery too!!!

Love,

Anne

 
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