Apostolic Spirit

Apostolic is a practice

of love and zeal

regardless of fatigue

and inconvenience.

Spirit is a doer

of good and kindness

with detachment, openness

and purity of intention.

“Love your enemies,

and do good to them,

without expecting a return,

for you are children of God… [1]

What foils it?

Anxiousness distracts the mind.

Worldliness withers the heart.

Selfishness enslaves the soul.

“A fiery furnace is the world

twice blessed are those souls

that are plunged into it

and take on its burning.” [2]

Apostolic spirit dwells with Charity,

attending to neighbor’s needs,

nurturing the spiritually abandoned,

cultivating the socially marginalized.


[1] Luke 6: 35

[2] Father Judge Meditations p158

Tree Lessons

Adaptation changes colors –

vividly reflecting the times

it celebrates seasons

Shedding sustains being –

detaching a little at a time

makes for a long life

Dormancy practices stillness –

listening to a cold wind

keeps possibilities open

“Out” is naked and vulnerable –

exposure does not cancel

it respects truth and goodness

Blossoms renew relationship –

it takes a village

to make an orchard

Fruition harmonizes –

harvesting disrupts

cultivating restores

Rain

“One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.”[1]

Rain, rain… go away

“Umbrella is comfort, rain is life!

You must often leave comfort to touch life!”[2]

Come back another day

“Those who say sunshine brings happiness

have never danced in the rain.”[3]

Rain, rain… soak away

“If you pray for rain, you have-to deal with the mud too.”[4]

Stuck in the muck today

“Raise your words, not your voice.

It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”[5]

Rain, rain… drench away

“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”[6]

In the bow, I will play

“After the rain, the sun will reappear.

After the pain, the joy will still be here.”[7]

Rain, rain… cleanse away

“Rain showers my spirit and waters my soul.”[8]

With the storm’s blessing, I pray

“Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”[9]

Rain, rain… rain away

“Singing in the rain. I’m singing in the rain.

And it’s such a glorious feeling.”[10]

There is bliss in rain’s foray


[1] John Steinbeck

[2] Mehmet Murat ildan

[3] Unknown

[4] Denzel Washington

[5] Rumi

[6] Dolly Parton

[7] Walt Disney

[8] Emily Logan Decens

[9] Gilbert K. Chesterton

[10] David Levithan

Remember

To dismember injures

and rips us asunder,

to remember submits

and restores by healing.

The disconnect disrupts

creating division,

to remember unites

and enhances the bond.

Clichés are empty words

formulas are hopeless,

to remember enjoins

and creates communion.

With wonder detachment

fosters transformation,

to remember renews

and assures commitment.

Yes, membership outlasts

the emptiness of loss,

to remember matters

and completes our Word.

Communion of Saints

The saint’s path is not

a road of social prestige.

The disciple’s routine does not

scintillate the world.

What is the Church of God?

A living promise of her Founder

to be with her all days

unto the end of time.

“It is of the Holy Spirit

It is the Kingdom of God.

It is His shrine. It is His city. His sanctuary.

It is the union of God’s people.”[1]

It is the union of all those,

who love and believe,

and grace makes them

a Communion of Saints.

They say with Paul

“I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…

a crown of righteousness…”[2]

The Church has for its heart,

the Sacred Heart of Jesus,

blessing the Communion of Saints

with mercy and compassion.

Regardless of color or ethnicity,

mindless of class or profession,

heedless of age or generation,

Saints magnify God.


[1] Father Judge Meditations p. 77

[2] 2 Timothy 4: 7-8

Use Me

(Based on the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi)

O God,

Make me an instrument of the Spirit;

where there is bias, openness;

where there is intransigence, reconciliation;

where there is hesitancy, zeal;

where there is judgment, compassion;

where there is fear, peace;

where there is selfishness, love.

O God,

Help me to confront prejudice

          and promote acceptance and inclusivity.

Help me to recognize bigotry

          and empower with kindness and gentleness.

Help me to acknowledge intolerance

          and exercise forbearance and patience.

Help me to identify greed

          and practice poverty and indulgence,

You are loving and compassionate,

may I reflect your presence.

Hands

Hands touch and feel,

listen and speak.

Hands of an athlete…

quick and sure

compliments supple and strong –

poetry in motion.

Hands of a technician…

precise and careful

compliments intuitive and diligent –

embodied instructions.

Hands of an educator…

open and directive

compliments assertive and self-disciplined –

lifelong mentor.

Hands of a mother…

soft and warm

compliments nurturing and sustaining –

bestows self-esteem.

Hands of a healer…

gentle and soothing

compliments restorative and wholesome –

sanctifies hope.

Hands hold and grasp,

create and bless.

Greater Good

Disciplined imagination

reflects God’s reflection.

When I was a child,

reward and punishment

was activity’s pivot.

When caught breaking the rules,

absolution was sought through

atonement and reparation.

As a reflecting adult,

compassion and sacrifice

mirrors Divine mercy.

The Beatitudes rule,

communion is achieved through

submission and grace.

Common good relies on justice

and seeks to maintain order –

regardless of helpfulness.

Greater good promotes harmony

and restores relations –

envisioning accord.

Creative responsibility

reveals God’s revelation.

Signature Move

A signature move is

an essential act

that awaits accompaniment.

Jackson’s Moon Walk, a handshake,

Churchill’s “V” sign, a high five,

Fosbury’s Flop, a raised glass,

Cesar’s thumb down, a standing ovation,

Bernstein’s entreating wave, crossed fingers.

Sometimes someone goes unrecognized

despite wondrous works.

Concealed by who people want to see,

disguised by who they are not,

masked by not being who is expected.

At times, we are lost

on the road to Emmaus

discouraged, disappointed, disheartened.

There are no answers we want to hear,

no revelations we want to see.

A familiar setting

can be beneficial.

A measure that bridges gaps

makes the unknown known.

We can see clearly now.

A signature move is

to be carbon-copied

and makes community.

A Good Friday Prayer

Our Creator,

I abandon myself to you;

I will do your will and drink from the Cup.

I will serve the Greater Good;

I accept your expectation of me

and wish only for peace and harmony

with you and my neighbor.

Our Creator

I submit myself to you;

yes means “Yes”.

I take the Cup with fear and trembling;

and you bless me with courage, patience, and strength.

I love you and give myself wholly

just as our Savior did.

Our Creator,

Your will be done

in me, with me, and through me.

I will not let this Cup pass.

I commend my Soul to your Spirit

and offer all that I am

always in all ways.