With this new understanding of Sabbath in our daily lives, we can create Sabbath moments that cost nothing, take minimal time away from our day and renew and refresh our spiritual and emotional life and health. Sabbath time can help us notice what is blocking us from waking up.
Savoring the taste of summer can also be a metaphor for savoring moments when we notice we feel the most alive. St Ignatius said, “Whatever you are doing, that which makes you feel the most alive…that is where God is.” If we are open to the gift of all our senses, then we can experience God in a deep and abiding way.
“Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be amid these things and still be calm in your heart.”
The Beatitudes in Aramaic and Greek give us deeper meaning, especially for the challenges we are facing in the present.
Love is the foundation to healing our wounded world and our personal wounds. Love creates room within to live in the space of interior freedom. The invitation from God to love is always present. Let the Spirit guide you in living in that invitation.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) – Mystic, Poet, Musician, Healer and Teacher: A Woman for Others
We are all called today to have courage to be radically truthful, to be fearless in our directness in speech and purpose, and to accept a personal commitment for the poor. This perspective also invites us to not only “stir up the conscience of the people of “our time. It invites us to trust and be open to our conscience being “stirred up” too and trusting where and how the Spirit is guiding each of us. Hildegard of Bingen died September 17th, 1179 in her monastery.
When we consider how we want to create, deepen, and grow our relationship with God remembering that every encounter is a divine encounter, we are reassured of God’s love for us.
God resides within us and in our humanness, it is we who come and go; yet God is always there telling us each time we return,” I am so glad you are back”.
Instead of a New Year’s resolution, choose a word for the year and reflect on it and utilize it as a guide for the year.
Being Present means being focused and engaged in the here and now, not being distracted or emotionally or mentally absent. It means looking around you, wherever you are, and actually noticing what you see, hear, smell, sense, taste or touch.