“One of the essential conditions of interior freedom is living in the present moment”. Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom (pg. 81) God is in the present. Sure He was present in the yesterdays, and will be present again in the tomorrows, but He is also very much Alive and Present in […]
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Part 2 of Online Dating with a focus on Not stringing people along, How many you should date at any one time, ending contacts in the online world when you’ve met someone, and ending contacts without ghosting anyone
We did a live stream earlier today, if you missed it check out our page, join any tier to access the live stream, where we talked a bit about the break, padre shared about settling into Narrandera, and Stina about Virtue Ministry plans moving forward, and we talked about what’s coming in this season of Living Fullness.
This is a Patrons Choice Episode.
Is there a place for online dating? – Yes, so long as it’s used as a platform to meet people and not a platform to grow in depth of relationship.
The cross is the way to heaven. Standing for your conviction and for the one you love, God, when God is not who the world generally loves, that will cause all kinds of friction. The beatitudes see heaven as our end goal, the world can’t see past death. To the world, this makes no sense. Suffering makes no sense. Persecution is to be avoided at all cost and not embraced for love of God.
What is a peacemaker? – It is not just an absence of war – It’s linked to justice – peacemakers have to be rooted in justice -what is owed to another person, and to God. Jesus is the perfect peacemaker, because he came to offer his life and death as a sacrifice to make right what was wronged against God, and to heal our relationship with one another. The prince of peace.
Our Christian faith hinges on Mercy. God didn’t give us what we deserve, he gifts us mercy. Do we give others better than they deserve? or do we look to get even? to act from a place of self-entitlement? If there is anything we should be known for, it’s people who are merciful, because we follow the model set before us in Christ, our merciful saviour.
As with most things with God, those unattached to earthly power are the same ones who are promised they shall inherit the earth. This makes intuitive sense when we look at gifting someone something that is beautiful and to be cared for. We wouldn’t want to give it to the person who is going to wield their power over it and push it to destruction, but instead gift it to the one who is disinterested in having power over it, and instead is meek enough to accept the gift and to want to care for it.
There is no goodness to be found in crying in and of itself. It’s when we cry (as a response to compassion) for something or for someone that it takes on meaning.
On the Living Fullness Podcast we have begun a series on the Beatitudes and exploring how each of these bring the commandments to fulfilment, creating a path of abundance in this life and the next. This episode particularly focuses on the 1st Beatitude and the various detachments we need to have including what Thomas Aquinas mentions as needing to ‘Despise what Jesus despised on the Cross, and Love what Jesus loved on the Cross’. These detachments include putting all else to the service of God, and ensuring we have our hearts and minds rightly ordered.