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Come Into My Heart

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“O Calm Christ, come into my heart and take out all useless fear and worry and let your calm and adequacy reign. For where you are, there is peace and power and poise. Where you are not, there is worry and disintegration. Come in, calm Christ; I consent. Amen.”

– A prayer by E. Stanley Jones

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Cease From Struggling

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“Cease from struggling. Don’t try to do this yourself; let God do it. After having consented to surrender, you will be tempted to struggle and try instead of relax and trust and receive….For as long as you are trying, you are on the basis of yourself; but the moment you begin to trust, you are on the basis of Christ; he becomes the center, not you.”

– E. Stanley Jones

Practicing Resurrection

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Here is a list I found of ways you can practice resurrection right now. These 12 ways are taken from Richard Rohr’s book Immortal Diamond.

  • Negativity: Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (you cannot stop ‘‘having’’ them).
  • I’m sorry: Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
  • Power of positivity: Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
  • Lies: Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s expectations.
  • Your relationship with God: Choose your True Self—your radical union with God—as often as possible throughout the day.
  • Look within: Always seek to change yourself before trying to change others.
  • Do for others: Choose as much as possible to serve rather than be served.
  • Good: Whenever possible, seek the common good over your mere private good.
  • Look after others: Give preference to those in pain, excluded, or disabled in any way.
  • Justice: Seek just systems and policies over mere charity.
  • Your voice: Make sure your medium is the same as your message.
  • Love: Never doubt that it is all about love in the end.

Highest Ambitions

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Oddly enough, Thomas Merton’s words are the theme of “Wreck-It Ralph.”

“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.”

― Thomas Merton

To Become Like Little Children

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It’s hard to look at the pain and fear of so many children on display today. Maybe it reminds of us of a time when we were kids and were afraid and powerless. Maybe that’s why so many of us cling to our guns as adults.

Through speaking about their pain and their fear these children have found courage to stand and ask for change together. That’s not trying to trample on anyone’s rights but actually asking for help.

“To become like little children”….those infamous words so many hold dear are leading the way.

The Center of our Hearts

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“Keeping busy at work, taking in the latest movies or concerts, keeping abreast of friendships, traveling, or dining in the best restaurants only takes the edge off the little cry that continually echoes at the center of our hearts. It is a painful cry that becomes louder when we are alone or when there is less activity. Because we don’t know what to do, we mostly choose to look busy, distract ourselves, and pretend that it is not there at all. But it does not go away, and it is a persistent cry for love and intimacy. Our little hearts are deeply lonely and we yearn for more than a life of entertainment and busyness.”

– Sue Mosteller, A Place To Hold My Shaky Heart