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Week Twenty. Hopeful. Growth.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself expands my hope and kindness.

Am I resistant to the events, the situations, the many people who come into my life that block the growth I am offered every day? While learning to love myself, I’m seeing it is good for me to pause, reflect, and see if I’m standing in my own way.

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Week Nineteen. Hopelessness. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness.

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer. James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results,” says we often overprioritize intensity over consistency, but consistency is what matters most when it comes to making progress. This practice is not intense. It can be done in literally one minute. If/when you have time for more involved practices (meditations, journaling, prayer, contemplation, whatever speaks to you), that’s awesome and worthwhile. Otherwise, something like this is a useful go-to.

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Week Nineteen. Hopelessness. Hope.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness.

We are given the gift of hope and are not meant to live in hopelessness.  So much of our suffering comes from our inability to surrender ourselves and be united and aligned with our creator.

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Week Nineteen. Hopelessness. Nothing to fear.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness.

There is nothing for us to fear except refusing God’s mercy.  When our Lord foretells His own betrayal, it is because He still loves Judas. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “I already know what you are planning to do; I know your problems, your evil intentions, your secret sins. Yet still I am here with you. Since I already know, why continue in this way? It is not too late.” And when the others heard the prediction, instead of becoming defensive and proud, they might have said: “Don’t let it be me! Lord, by your mercy sustain me! Give me your grace, Jesus, I love you!”

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Week Nineteen. Hopelessness. Resistance.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness.

How often do I resist events, the situations, and the many people who come into my life each day that block my opportunity for growth? As I realize that every moment of every day is offered to me as a gift, I see my life through a different lens. I stop resisting my reality —the gift of awareness of other people, awareness of our natural surroundings, awareness of our own personal impact on creation. And in awareness comes our growth as women.

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Week Nineteen. Hopelessness. Receptive to love.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness.

Love Poured Out

In this post from the Center for Action and Contemplation, Cynthia Bourgeault, states the heart of Jesus’ ministry is summed up in the way He radically surrenders Himself for the sake of love:  [Jesus’] idea of “dying to self” was not through inner renunciation and guarding the purity of His being, but through radically squandering everything He had and was. In life He horrified the prim and proper by dining with tax collectors and prostitutes, by telling parables about extravagant generosity, by giving His approval to acts of costly and apparently pointless sacrifice such as the woman who broke open the alabaster jar to anoint Him with precious oil; by teaching always and everywhere, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth.” John the Baptist’s disciples disapproved of Him for drinking and banqueting; the Pharisees disapproved of Him for healing on the Sabbath. But He went His way, giving Himself fully into life and death, losing Himself, squandering himself, “gambling away every gift God bestows.” It is . . . love utterly poured out, “consum’d with that which it was noursh’d by,” in the words of Shakespeare’s sonnet—that opens the gate to the Kingdom of Heaven. This is what Jesus taught and this is what He walked.  

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Week Nineteen. Hopelessness. Fine Lines.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness.

Lately I’ve been seeing how narrow the space is between some of my thoughts. How quickly hope can turn to despair, gratitude to ingratitude, patience to impatience. A simple critical thought or a moment without love, mercy, and compassion can turn hope into hopelessness. It is a very fine line.

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Week Nineteen. Hopelessness. Two Voices

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness.

How well do I listen? As I grow more aware, I see the subtlety between the two voices that play out in my head. The distinction is sometimes minuscule between the two yet can have very different trajectories. 

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Week Eighteen. Fortitude to Love. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer. Our society shows all the signs of classic addiction, and it is helpful to think about this as a metaphor for what the biblical tradition called “sin.” In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr draws the connection between the Gospel and the Twelve Step Program. It is helpful to see sin, like addiction, as a disease, a very destructive disease, instead of merely something that was culpable, punishable, or “that makes God unhappy.” If sin indeed made God unhappy, it was because God desires nothing more than our happiness and wills the healing of our disease. The healing ministry of Jesus should have made that crystal clear; healing was about all that He did, with much of His teaching illustrating the healings—and vice versa. It is rather amazing that this did not remain at the top of all church agendas.

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Week Eighteen. Fortitude to Love. Knowing I’m not God

Month Five. Fortitude to love myself, expands my hope and kindness

My Lord, My God.

These are four of the most powerful words I can say.  In our throwaway culture and a culture of lies, it’s easy for me to get paralyzed and overwhelmed by fear. This is exactly where Satan, the father of all lies, wants me. Evil constantly whispers the lie that things are hopeless.

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