Finding God's Goodness

The Path: Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer.

Finding goodness in this Meditation Poem (On breathing) From The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, by Thich Nhat Hanh

The fourth element of our body is air. The best way to experience the air element is the practice of mindful breathing.

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The Power of Choice: Weekly Reflection Summary and Finding God’s Goodness

Sunday – Day by Day Finding God’s Goodness. Spending just five minutes each day in prayer, meditation, reflection on God’s word and the examples of the saints, we can awaken our hearts to this goodness.

Monday – Choosing Wisely. Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.

Tuesday – Believing God is Goodness. “Three things are necessary for the salvation of man:  to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday – Learning Peaceful Ways. “Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth and teach me: for you are God my savior.” Psalm 25

Thursday – The Superpower of Curiosity. “Fear (or awe) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, understanding marks all who attain it. “Psalm 111:10

Friday – Meaningful Priorities. “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself” (Matthew 6:34).

Finding God’s Goodness in the practice of prayer. Contemplate the source of prudence and wisdom.

Jesus, artful Master of Parables,
Your prudence eluded the hypocrites.
Your actions were known before creation,
Displaying all the wisdom of Your prudence.
Eternity must have attended to minutia.
Being prudent in Your best interest,
You considered all potential consequences,
Securing the outcome of Your earthly life.
Grant me the prudence to always be cautious
And sensitive to the basic needs of others.
Jesus, You have shown great foresight,
Prudence truly originates from Your Being.

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Meaningful Priorities

Week One: The Power of Choice

Do you want to live life to the fullest? To live effectively, as a wife, husband, mother, father, sister, brother and friend? Effective living means I am choosing to use my time well and creating a rightly ordered day. Rightly ordering my day means first seeking God. My life changed when I started having coffee with God to start my day. This small act of surrender let God into my heart. I learned to seek His will through prayer and scripture, and meditation. I learned to get my priorities get straight.

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The Superpower of Curiosity

Week One: The Power of Choice

Today is Epiphany marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts and one of the most important. Historically, Epiphany celebrated four things: Jesus’ nativity, the Magi’s visit to the Holy Family, Jesus’ baptism, and Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana. Each biblical event is a theophany, or epiphany, a special manifestation of Jesus Christ to mankind.

I’ve been contemplating the visit of the Three Kings, symbolizing the revelation of Jesus Christ as a light for the Gentile nations and the Savior born for the redemption of all mankind. Oh how I love the light. I find the light comforting and challenging, drawing me to something greater than myself. What if the Magi hadn’t seen the light of the star or been curious? Gods goodness drew them and they listened. They were Wise Men just as you and I can be.

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Learning Peaceful Ways

Week One: The Power of Choice

As I spend time in prayer and learn of God’s wisdom, He teaches me His ways. I gain confidence in the promises He makes to me. I also learn a countercultural way to live, in peace. My faith helps fuel me and God draws me to an everlasting peace. As my north star shifts to an eternal perspective, I am guided home to my Creator, granting me peace despite my circumstances.

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Believing God is Goodness

Week One: The Power of Choice

A few years ago, I never really thought much about God’s goodness. Sure, I was grateful and felt like I was living a good Christian life, but I never really understood what was available to me and the impact it could have on my perspective and my heart. My disordered thinking deceived me into thinking that living life was all within my control where I was able to freely chart my destiny.  Looking back, I can see how self-absorbed I was. In a nutshell, I don’t think I wholeheartedly trusted God’s goodness.

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Choosing Wisely

Week One: The Power of Choice

It is difficult to pursue the good life or virtuous life if I don’t know what virtue is. It’s been fascinating to explore the teachings on virtue of our early church fathers as their simplicity resonates with me. Even stoic philosophers like Marcus Aurelius found the virtues an extraordinary thing indeed!

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