|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on February 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Visualize what you want, not what you hate. Allow love to circle the planet, flowing from your heart...a heart of peace. Pray for every human being to have a heart that beats to the tune of pure love. Pray from this consciousness and visualize every person, in their own divinity, living from that sacred place of compassion. Envision Mother Earth enveloped in peace and wrapped in a continuous flow of divine love. Allow your heart to bless the world with your love flowing, connecting and healing not only everyone you see, but everyone who comes into your thoughts...everyone...no matter who they are...allow only thoughts of love and healing to flow to them. By letting go of hateful, judgmental thoughts and words, we can create world peace. In Psalm 85:8, we read, "Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to His people."
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on February 25, 2017 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
I grew up in New Orleans and just assumed that everyone experienced what I experienced every Fat Tuesday leading into Ash Wednesday. Leading up to Mardi Gras day, everyone parties...well, pretty much everyone. People are attending parades and there is a LOT of partying going on with bars staying open into the wee hours of the morning. On Mardi Gras day...Fat Tuesday...the midnight hour strikes and ALL of New Orleans shuts down. Police on horses ride side-by-side down Bourbon Street and hundreds and hundreds of people spill out of the bars and into the streets making their way to someplace where they can sleep off the massive amounts of alcohol that they've been consuming for days on end. The city of New Orleans has transformed from Mardi Gras into the solemnity of Ash Wednesday with the midnight hour. The partying has come to an abrupt end and many folks with massive hang-overs attend church to have their foreheads crossed with ashes. What's on their collective minds is "What will I give up for Lent?" So my question to you? What will you give up for Lent? I'm not talking about alcohol or chocolate...I'm talking about that stuff that keeps you from being your authentic spiritual self. Could it be negativity? Or judging others? Or lack of meditation? What is keeping you from being your true authentic spiritual self? That's what we will be exploring during this Lenten Journey 2017. If you are on Facebook, look the ministry up. We have a page and we have a group for those who live in the local southeast Louisiana area/southwest Mississippi area. Each day, I will post musings about how you can create more spiritual authenticity into your life that is simple and easy. Until then, Happy Mardi Gras!!! Laissez Les Bonne Temps Roule!!
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on February 5, 2017 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
When I was at the University of New Orleans, I took every photography class that they offered. I love photography and I remember my teacher telling me that the world through the lens is different than the world outside of the lens because we get to choose the world that we see through the camera's lens. Which lens are you choosing to view the world? Personally, I choose to look at life through a spiritual lens of peace, joy and love which enables me to discover and welcome self-discovery and awareness that taps me directly into God's love and compassion. Through viewing my world through a spiritual lens, I live daily in the art and dance of co-creating with the Holy Spirit and it becomes easier for me to hold thoughts of oneness and speak with words of peace and live my life in generosity and compassion for all. We can all create peace if we choose our lens which enables us to change our view of the world.
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 28, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Having a heart filled with resentment fully occupies your mind and keeps you trapped in a constant state of misery. Forgiveness is a blessing and takes great strength. By not forgiving, you are literally giving that other person total control of your life by allowing that person to steal your peace of mind...your very joy. With forgiveness, your heart softens, that heaviness lifts and you feel free. Bless and release those feelings of animosity to the Holy Spirit. Instead of living in a state of animosity, you can live in a state of peace that passes all understanding.
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 21, 2017 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
The path to enlightenment is simple. A simple walk and quiet time in prayer and meditation rests our mind and engulfs our spirit with the simplicity of joy. Walking and meditating have great impacts on our lives as we are able to focus on the simpler things in life and live in awareness of the bountiful blessings of God. By focusing on a simpler lifestyle, we embrace peace of mind which leads to greater love, better health and more fulfilling companionship.
But, who says that enlightenment has to be a serious adventure filled with non-laughter? In teaching meditation, I often include bouts of intention laughter. Laughter is the great releaser of inner stress and other ickiness. If you are finding that you are having difficulties with staying on the road to enlightenment, try intentional laughter. It's free. It's simple. Start by intentionally laughing in your car on your way to wherever you are going. Laughing is a path to enlightenment and it is simple.
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 16, 2017 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
One of the greatest inauguration speeches was not given by an incoming President, but by a preacher on a hot, sweltering day in Washington, DC. No one knew what to expect from this man's speech, a man who's bravery was displayed not with anger, but with compassion. Dr. King never lifted a hand or yelled out words or brandished a weapon or even made threats. That is what threatened people of hate the most...his compassion. No one knew what he was about to say until he delivered his words and there were so many who anticipated his words to be very different...how dare he, a black man, deliver words of acceptance and dreams and love for one another!! Thousands gathered to hear him in peace, even more thousands gathered to protest him in hate. What came from this man were words that would inspire not only those living in oppression, but those who were oppressing. It took time, even decades for some, but those words have inspired many to drop their words of hatred and embrace the dream. We all have a dream that one day we will live in harmony and as Dr. King once said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Will you choose to be the darkness or the light? Will you choose to be the hate or the love? The choice is yours. And in more words by Dr. King, "I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 1, 2017 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
This is the day that most of us look back on what was and anticipate what will be. That anticipation is allowing our heart and mind to open to new learning and growing. By stepping forward into the new year, you are welcoming a new way of being by remaining curious and allowing God's wisdom to instruct you. You are grateful for every new understanding and for all that God is teaching you. You are now ready to learn, explore and grow into deeper awareness and more profound meaning!! Happy New Year!!
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on November 27, 2016 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
True prosperity is the manifestation of faith, not money. Jesus showed us the way when a crowd of five thousand gathered and needed to be fed. Jesus took five loaves and two fish and turned to God. Jesus acknowledged God with gratitude and blessed the food before Him. Jesus anticipated a miracle and it happened. You are the example of Jesus as you give thanks for your abundance and you share your abundance with others who are ceaselessly praying for a miracle. Whether it's donating to a food bank, visiting with a shut in or giving back in any other way that can benefit another, you are their miracle. Bless someone with your generosity. You live in faith and you use your faith to serve God.
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on December 26, 2015 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
This message is simple. It's straight from the Holy Bible. There is nothing more to add. May you all have a peaceful Christmas!!
From Luke 2:4-20, we read, "So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
|Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on July 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
I love being in God's service. There is no better place for me...no better way for me to live. With that said, I'm at a place in my life where I am living Matthew 10:14 - "If anyone will not welcome you... leave.. and shake the dust off your feet." I choose to love and to live as Jesus loved and lived. Jesus was often questioned and judged for whom He chose to be seen with. He shared food, time and space with folks that He was warned to steer clear of... people with questionable lifestyles and people that society didn't accept. It's not an easy way to live, but it is the right way for me to live. I choose to "love my neighbor as myself" and to love the Lord, my God, with all my heart, soul, mind and entire being. This is who I am. I am in God's service.