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Pet Grief

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on July 24, 2017 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Pet Grief Support is important for those who have experienced the loss of a pet - recently or perhaps in the distant past. Honoring them is not all about letting go and forgetting, but embracing the lessons that our amazing animals offer to us.

 

All of life has a cycle. From the teeniest of insects to the mightiest of mammals – everything has a life cycle. Unfortunately, we see our animal’s life cycle so vividly throughout our lives. The excitement that we felt when they first entered our homes turns into deep sadness and grief when they are no longer with us and have died.

 

Grief is work. Grief is the normal response to any important loss in life. This loss can be a job, a house, a relationship, a person, or a pet. The loss of a pet or person occurs regardless of whether death followed a prolonged illness or a sudden accident. Grieving people experience both physical and emotional stresses and traumas as they try to adapt to the upheaval in their lives brought about by the loss.

 

During this process, it may come as a surprise that you felt so deeply about your pet. You may have been aware, but not mindful, of the many wonderful gifts your pet brought to your life. For many, the loss of a pet is the loss of a trusted companion. As you experience sadness and grief about the death of your pet, take time to consider your pet’s special place in your life.


Removing Darkness With Light

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on May 7, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In A Course In Miracles, we are told that “there can be no darkness where God provides the light.” Light is to darkness what love is to fear; in the presence of one, the other disappears. All the darkness in your life…the fears, neuroses, dysfunctions and diseases…are not so much things as the absence of things. They represent not the presence of a problem but rather the absence of an answer. And the answer is love. All fearful manifestations disappear in the presence of love.

Today, make a stand against darkness knowing that love will save you from the painful delusions that occupy your mind. As you surrender your mind to love and dedicate yourself to the Light of the True Being, then love will cast out your fears and light will cast out all darkness.

The course tells us that it is not the love given to me by others, but only the love that I myself provide, that will save me today from suffering. I call to mind any person from whom I have been withholding love or forgiveness, or situations from which I have been withholding faith in miracles, and surrender such thoughts for healing.


 

Knowing God As Love

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on April 30, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Take a moment and ponder this question…when have you felt truly loved? In the New Testament, Paul wrote about love while in prison. Not a prison we imagine today, but a dark, damp cell below ground. No bed, no pillow, no plumbing. No shower, no change of clothes. Paul, in prison, is being told about the Corinthian church, that he knew so well, is in constant quarreling. Love was being forgotten. Those in charge wanted to be right and demanded that they were, indeed, right. In this dark, damp, smelly cell, Paul painted a picture of living life with God’s love. Perhaps Paul was in tears because of their quarrels as he wrote these words. Or he may have been captivated by a majestic, penetrating view of God. Where Paul was is where God was…in that very moment. When we are in our own private prison cells that are dark and damp with horrible smells, are we able to imagine God’s love as it is offered to you within that passage written by Paul? Are we able to enlarge our understanding or to think and feel differently about what love is like? Paul is describing divine love here in 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 - “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” Spend a few moments soaking in the thoughts that come to you. Now imagine this...God is love. You are love. You are patient, you are kind. You do not envy, you do not boast. You are not proud. You do not dishonor others, you are not self-seeking, you are not easily angered, nor do you keep record of wrongs. You do not delight in evil, but you rejoice with the truth. You always protect, you always trust, you always hope, you always persevere. You never fail. To know God is to know love...very simply...it's all about love.



World Peace Is Possible

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on February 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments 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."


Preparing For Our Lenten Journey 2017

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on February 25, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments 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!!

Choosing Our Point of View

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on February 5, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments 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.


Letting Go Of Resentment

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 28, 2017 at 9:15 AM Comments 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.


Enlightenment Is Serious Stuff??

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 21, 2017 at 1:20 PM Comments 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.


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 16, 2017 at 7:40 AM Comments 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." 

 

Happy New Year 2017

Posted by Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi on January 1, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments 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!!



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