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September 7, 2007

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September 7, 2007


                Dear Jesus,

                    You wash me in the wounds
                in your hands — I bathe in
                your wounds —

                    Sufferings are fragrant
                gems that give me solace
                in the midst of the woe
                as I am so deeply one
                with Thee.

                    Emptying myself of all the
                angers I know of the past — I
                am like a plumber cleaning
                a clogged pipe — I am like the
                snow plow to the paralyzed road
                covered deeply with snow —

                    I am the doctor with the light
                on my forehead looking inside
                the body — saying
                oh — here is your problem — fix
                the leak — clog the hole — fill
                the vat with God's precious gift
                of grace — empty out the debris —
                unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy,
                pride, envy toward others — let
                go of inordinate attachments —
                Be the empty vessel waiting His

                Oh Holy Spirit —
                Melt the stubborn
                bend the stubborn
                open the gates to freedom
                where there was once slavery to sin
                acting in stuffed anger toward the innocent

                Free them
                Turn the light of your love on the stuffed anger

                Turn the warmth of the fire on the frozen

                Melt clogged vessels of frozen icy barriers to love

                Let the hearts be filled with hope and healing

                Please help their hearts to see truth
                Please help them to see what is right as right
                    and help them to see wrong as wrong



                Oh Holy Spirit — make the path of their hearts
                    padded in pillows of God's love —
                    flowing like a bubbling brook —
                    emptying into others —
                    by Your fire within them

                Once a big clogged vessel burst —
                    infection could be seen — round
                    about —

                What happens to our hearts bursting with
                    hatred and anger — lived with the
                    lies of impurity — deception —

                I'm good they say —
                I'm nice

                Welling up inside like a clogged
                    vessel of unforgiveness —
                    about to sink from the heavy load —

                How heavy is the load we carry
                    in our dainty hearts —
                    how much grease stored inside
                    lets fluid flow

                Does hatred and anger, sins, block the lights
                    of love of our spiritual heart —

                Can I talk about matter to make the
                    invisible more understood

                Does hatred take up space — or is
                    it seen in the wrinkles and red face
                    after the invisible flares up

                Does love smile in the gentle clean
                    heart and lend compassion because
                    it is not caught up in the selfish —
                    wounded heart that reacts like
                    a match set to paper

                Where will fruit grow, but in the fertile soil —

                On rocks and thistles the fruit tress
                    could not live

                And yet the spiritual, love, hate, anger
                    has no body weight

                A man beet angry with red heat has
                    a tight tense inside — even
                    when he lies about it with a stone face

                Compassion and Empathy come in a heart
                    filled with God's love and His life

                Hatred is beet red in the face of one
                    picking at twigs like they are
                    hundreds of year old tall timbers —

                A twig is a twig you say
                A tall timber — a tall timber

                But to the man consumed in anger —
                    like a burning twig can set a forest on fire

                A flower is fragrant — when one walks
                    in the room — its sweetness is
                    smelled —

                Tension is felt as hostility, hatred, a
                    business type attitude — tense —
                    do they ever rest in the pillow
                    of love —
                    sink in the green flowered garden —
                    smell the ocean —
                    see the sunset and
                    wake to the sun rise

                Is the mind running like an old jalopy
                    at night and too wound up to settle
                    in a nice clean garage.

                When the shades of morning start against
                    the black sky is the old jalopy
                    ready to start on the journey
                    consumed in the darkness of
                    another day — a day of tense —
                    worry — unsettled and unfinished
                    business —

                Does the jalopy open doors all day to
                    others and when they try to engage
                    and get in for the ride — speed away
                    to leave others in their unfinished

                A new fresh car — open doors — invites
                    others in and gives them the ride
                    of engagement — taking them
                    to tea and resting by the ocean?

                When the jalopy could have rested —
                    it created more unrest
                        more unfinished business
                        more tension —

                What is truth —
                    truth is embracing one's self
                        inside —

                    truth is the empty vessel — that
                        can be busy, but wrapped
                        in love — able to
                        smell flowers — to go in and out of
                        doors — to not be slavishly
                        dependent —

                One lives to have unity with the Creator —
                    One is compassionate
                    One lives in God's will — doing all
                        things for His honor and glory —

                    The old jalopy does things to manipulate
                        and control — thinks little of
                        God's will and
                        their motives are impure

                    Wanting affections from others for
                        their labors to further
                        manipulate and use others

                Purity is a sweet as the face of
                    the Virgin Mary

                The Blue of the sky
                    the softness of her mantle on
                        her children

                    the rolling green hills of summer —
                    the light so blinding dancing on the water —
                    the reflection of God seen in the
                        life of Mary

                    Mary the pure vessel
                    Mary the spotless Virgin



                How many waters did you give us
                    God that reflected the beauty
                    of the sky

                Reflection —

                And God lives in the graced soul


Colossians 1: 15-20

He is the image of the unseen God, the first–born of all creation, for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything visible and everything invisible, thrones, ruling forces, sovereignties, powers—all things were created through him and for him. He exists before all things and in him all things hold together, and he is the Head of the Body, that is, the Church. He is the Beginning, the first–born from the dead, so that he should be supreme in every way; because God wanted all fullness to be found in him and through him to reconcile all things to him, everything in heaven and everything on earth, by making peace through his death on the cross.



Excerpt from Response to God's Love,
by Father Edward Carter, S.J.



The Mystery of Christ and
            Christian Existence


    In reference to Christianity, God himself is the ultimate mystery. Radically, God is completely other and transcendent, hidden from man in his inner life, unless he chooses to reveal himself. Let us briefly look at this inner life of God.

    The Father, in a perfect act of self-expression, in a perfect act of knowing, generates his son. The Son, the Word, is, then, the immanent expression of God's fullness, the reflection of the Father. Likewise, from all eternity, the Father and the Son bring forth the Holy Spirit in a perfect act of loving.

    At the destined moment in human history, God's self-expression, the Word, immersed himself into man's world. God's inner self-expression now had also become God's outer self-expression. Consequently, the mystery of God becomes the mystery of Christ. In Christ, God tells us about himself, about his inner life, about his plan of creation and redemption. He tells us how Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desire to dwell within us in the most intimate fashion, how they wish to share with us their own life through grace. All this he has accomplished and does accomplish through Christ. St. Paul tells us: "I became a minister of this Church through the commission God gave me to preach among you his word in its fullness, that mystery hidden from ages and generations past but now revealed to his holy ones. God has willed to make known to them the glory beyond price which this mystery brings to the Gentiles—the mystery of Christ in you, your hope of glory. This is the Christ we proclaim while we admonish all men and teach them in the full measure of wisdom, hoping to make every man complete in Christ" (Col 1:25-28).

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