Spirituality and You

Thirteenth Century priest Thomas Aquinas once said, “No one can live without joy.” But many people do live joyless lives. And the reason is often simply because they don’t know how to be happy. They are so intent on the three P’s – power, prosperity and prestige – that they miss out on simple joy.

We cannot avoid pain, however hard we try. But we can avoid joy. We cannot escape hardship and trouble, but we can miss out on much of life’s peace and laughter.

If you feel as if you could use more joy, here are a few tips:
-Do something today just for the fun of it.
-Decide to fill your thoughts with less anxiety and more peace.
-Laugh a little more. A little more heartily and a little more often.
-Practice a hopeful attitude.
-Love as much as you can. Love people. Love experiences. Love ideas. Love beauty. In short — love life.
-You may occasionally find yourself amid life’s rubble. But strangely – even there you can discover joy.

It’s one of the beautiful contradictions of life.

— Steve Goodier, www.lifesupportsystem.com

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Spirituality and You: All-embracing love
Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spirituality and You: Independence Day
People in the United States are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Our country was born on July 4, 1776, when 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence to mark their separation from Great Britain. The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday in the [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Prayer

Monday, June 5, 2017

For Jesus, prayer seems to be a matter of waiting in love, returning to love, trusting that love is the unceasing stream of reality. Prayer isn’t primarily words; it’s a place, an attitude, a stance. That’s why Paul could say, “Pray unceasingly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). If we think of prayer as requiring words, it is [more…]

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National Day of Prayer: May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. Created by a join Congressional resolution 1952 and signed into law by President Truman, it has become a uniting observance for people of all faiths. Click here to visit the National Day of Prayer web site. This year’s theme is For Your [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Listen Up

Monday, May 1, 2017

“When people speak from outrage and anger, when they talk about arguments and conflicts, listen carefully. They are telling you what is important to them. They are telling you their values.”
–Hildy Gottlieb
In this quote, Hildy encourages us to listen up. When people talk blame and conflict they are really talking about values. As she instructs: [more…]

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Spirituality and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eleven Ways to Practice Resurrection Now

Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (though you cannot stop “having” them.)
Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday—Beginning of Lent
As children, how we loved a treasure hunt—hidden jellybeans and pennies turned to gems and gold doubloons in our young imaginations!  Even as adults, perhaps on an antiques adventure, we thrill at the thought of a secret only we can know, at the challenges and possibilities of an undiscovered trove.
On Ash Wednesday, [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Heaven

Monday, February 20, 2017

You don’t go to heaven; you learn how to live in heaven now. And no one lives in heaven alone. Either you learn how to live in communion with the human race and with all that God has created, or, quite simply, you’re not ready for heaven. If you want to live an isolated life, [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Love

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love is Essential! 
Wendell Berry, writes, “I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe [more…]

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