Keep Your Gifts Innocent

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“To have, give all to all.”

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Dear friends,

Because of the importance of Gift in everything we do, and the fact that there is no alternative which we can employ without altering the very meaning of what is given and received, I must persistently inspire the remembrance of it when things become dysfunctional. Why? Because giving without “return” built in is not the prevailing habit.

The prevailing habit is for giving to be the first step in a game of manipulation or negotiation. “I have been nice to you, and now I expect you to be nice to me.” “I have done you a favor, and now you owe me.” That is not love,  that is leveraging. And that is not what I am teaching. Therefore, I must talk about it and point out the unexpected place where the opportunity for giving lies. Why? Because when having is associated with giving instead of with getting, one’s attention is in a different place! Continue reading

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Unadorned by Roles and Pride

Unadorned by Roles and Pride

 

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RAJ: In a recent conversation, I shared with you that “you are not to be the ball in a pinball machine whose path is determined by whatever it comes in contact with—bounced helplessly back-and-forth from here to there and yonder until gravity brings you to the end of a path undetermined by you. The fact of the matter is that you are always determining your direction. You are always determining your actions. And you are doing it either consciously or unconsciously, proactively or reactively, with purpose or without purpose—all of which mean ‘with Guidance or independently.'”

Today you are feeling like a pinball, and even though we have just read Lesson 39 from the Workbook which says, “My holiness is my salvation” and “[my] holiness is the salvation of the world,” it is not penetrating your frustration and making any sense to you. As a result, you ask, “Why is my holiness my salvation from this?” And your frustration edges it with sarcasm. Continue reading

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A Glass of Water

A Glass of Water

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Dear friends,

Just moments ago someone posted this question on our blog:

“I just found your page and was quite disturbed why all the pleas for money. I appreciate your service for Our Lord. I am puzzled, why you aren’t given all that you need to live by from grace without begging.”

Although it is a thought-provoking question, it is not useful, because it pulls one’s attention in the direction of a dead end. Why? Because it is a thought promoting further thinking instead of inspiration promoting gratitude and the acts which meet the need. The thought suggests that something is wrong, and taken to its logical conclusion, it leads to convoluted and complicated thoughts of guilt which can motivate acts that meet the need, but for the wrong reason. Continue reading

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The Destination is Brotherhood

The Destination
is Brotherhood

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Dear friends,

Need prompts reaching out—to the Father, the Holy Spirit, and each other in brotherhood. Or it prompts selfish private enterprise—self-protective steps to “get,” at the expense of brotherhood. Everything comes down to this! Continue reading

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Help Needed

Help Needed

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Dear friends,

To those who stand with us in ongoing support, it can never be said enough, thank you for your love. As always, there is a current and ongoing need for everyone’s financial support. It is the way things work. It is a circle of giving which makes everything we do instantly available around the globe without charge. Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit is not a Place to Hide

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Miracles occur
only when they are invited
and room is made for them.”

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You must recognize and acknowledge that anger and hatred, expressed as attempts at manipulation and control, require absolutely nothing of you. I mean they must be totally ignored. They must be recognized for what they are—bad behavior by another demanding “good” behavior from you, but demanding it from a position which lacks integrity, substance, and justification for a legitimate response.

Bullying calls for only one response: Turning your back and walking away, and then staying out of the neighborhood. It doesn’t matter if the bully is “a little old lady,” or a peer, or a cranky four-year-old child. You dishonor the behavior. Continue reading

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Mercy—A Conversation with Raj

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“Fear is arrogant. It expects to see
what God did not make.”

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PAUL: Okay, I am caught in an unforgiving state of mind. It revolves around a particular individual. Or at least this one seems to be the justification for it. How can I be around this one and not be angry? I realize that all the thoughts and feelings I have do not embody a perspective gotten from you. Why am I so angry? I know it’s not reasonable or healthy. What’s the hooker? What’s the unseen irresistible temptation? Continue reading

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