His Name Spoken is A Spreading Perfume

His Name Spoken is a Spreading Perfume

Praying with Song of Songs 1:3   “Your name spoken is a spreading perfume…”     His name, the name of Jesus our Beloved, whose love letters were written to us far before He was born into our world. Love letters written through the words of the prophets, written in Song of Songs and describing the intimate love that our good God has for us. We could never earn His love that is so freely and generously offered to us, and yet Our Beloved awaits our response. He longs for us to call upon Him, to love Him in return.…continued

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Renewing Our Acceptance of God’s Grace

More to mediate on, to think about in prayer, from Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent 2011: Dear Brothers and Sisters, through the personal encounter with our Redeemer  and through fasting, almsgiving and prayer, the journey of conversion towards Easter leads us to rediscover our Baptism. This Lent, let us renew our acceptance of the Grace that God bestowed upon us at that moment [of baptism], so that it may illuminate and guide all of our actions. What the Sacrament [of baptism]signifies and realizes, we are called to experience every day by following Christ in an ever more generous and authentic…continued

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Deep Conversion: Reflection on Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Lent 2011

Pope Benedict XVI wrote a wonderful message for us to encourage our deep conversion during Lent 2011 (for the full text visit the Vatican website here. As this season of sacrifice and penance comes to an end, I pulled a section from the end of his Message to use as a reflection. The section is broken apart to help us reflect more deeply on the words and how they apply to our lives today. Pope Benedict XVI’s words are italicized. A Deep Conversion “In synthesis, the Lenten journey, in which we are invited to contemplate the Mystery of the Cross, is meant to reproduce within us “the…continued

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Meditating and Internalizing the Word

“During the entire Lenten period, the Church offers us God’s Word with particular abundance. By meditating and internalizing the Word in order to live it every day, we learn a precious and irreplaceable form of prayer…” From the Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2011 We aren’t to merely read the Word of God, we are to meditate on it, thinking about it and applying it to our lives, picturing the scenes as they occurred and imagining what it was like to be present in that moment. But we mustn’t stop at meditating and thinking, but also moving forward to…continued

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Giving God Leftovers

Our day is like a plate of food we are given each morning. We consume time like pieces of food off of this plate. We do so many things with our time, so many very important things each day. When the day is done, we are quite proud of ourselves to take whatever is left of our time and to give it to God. We think we are giving Him such a great gift in spending those few left over minutes with Him. In reality, we have eaten all of the choice pieces to satisfy ourselves and our earthly needs…continued

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A Prayer Response to Psalm 139

“Lord, you have probed me and you know me…” You know me, Lord, my weakness; please be my strength. You know me, my faults; please lead me to salvation beyond these many failures. You know me, my wounds and scars; please heal me gently with Your love. You know me, my sins; please wash me in Your mercy. You know me, every ugliness within me is visible to you, and yet when You look at me you see beauty. You know how weak, scarred and wounded, and yet how prideful I am. Still you bring up handfuls of treasures from Your vast storehouse…continued

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Enthusiasm

According to dictionary.com, enthusiasm is an “absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit.” Enthusiasm is that feeling that catches us up in excitement, that consumes our thoughts, brings us joy. We are enthusiastic about our favorite sports teams, the new diet that will help us lose weight, finding a great deal, fashions, TV shows, and so many things. We admire people’s enthusiasm, respect the passion they feel. It is interesting to note that the word “enthusiasm” is derived from the Greek, “having a god within.” Now as Christians, we don’t have just any God within…continued

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