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May 06, 2007



"...where peace is won by giving." In our own little worlds, and then collectively. A Divine vision.


My own struggle is to be willing to offer myself as I am. Shouldn't I wait until I am perfected -- until the degree is complete, untill I have more spiritual direction under my, belt until I am more sure of God's plan. I always seem to have a good reason for holding back.

Maybe the time is now. Maybe I am the person God needs me to be to do this work at this time. After all He does equip the called if who put all their trust in Him.

Why then am I so prone to hold back?


Well, Maggie, I'm not sure what you're holding back on, but it seems we usually hold back because it is a survival thing, or because in one way or another, we've been taught to or conditioned into doing so. And be sure to send this back to me in 5 minutes or so - I'll need it! - but just put your hand in His and run, now. He doesn't go anywhere bad, and knows where all the loose gravel is. (Plus, He'll yank you right off the road, if it doesn't lead to the one He has in mind.)

Gabrielle, I know of instances where peace was won by giving. There's little that is sweeter than that.

And DDW, the only olive branch that works is the one woven of and offered in humility. Without that greening, it's a dead thing, and is rejected as a dead thing, which we see all the time at global bargaining tables. Indeed, the Commandment is of the same love we offer at our daily tables, only on a larger scale, and thus, say what anyone will, this is why I like Pres. Carter so much. He put his money and elbow grease where his mouth is, both globally and in Habitats. No duplicity in him, and I find that admirable because I think he did base it on Gospel love, without the slightest embarrassment. Something this nation is not used to.


Maggie, I was just reading your post of May 4th about your recent experience during Adoration. Maybe things are getting stirred up (or around) a bit now; out with the old yeast, in with the new, as you were describing. This is a great time, liturgically speaking, to be "rising", isn't it? :)

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