A Follow-up

A Follow-up

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Dear friends,

Thank you to everyone who responded so quickly to the need shared in the previous post! As a result of your support, there is only $2,000 still needed in order to meet the obligation due by the 20th—just three days away.

What’s really important is that the meeting of this obligation means that the gift continues to be made because we (you and I) want others to have it, not because others want it.

“Before you ask, I will answer.” Continue reading

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Nursery Tales

Nursery Tales

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Dear friends,

Each month, and sometimes more often, there is a letter of invitation to support the activities we engage in. And each month, support is gratefully received. However, in the realm of imagination called “everyday life,” the givers can and do “stand back” and evaluate their actions as though they are characters in a nursery rhyme or fable fulfilling a moral concept, allowing themselves to conclude, “What a good boy am I.” Continue reading

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The Incredible Integrity of Being

The Incredible Integrity of Being

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[A Conversation between Paul and Raj]

PAUL: My sister was recently diagnosed with dementia in its advanced stages. She has become consumed with intense anger because I am not fulfilling her expectations—or, more correctly, meeting her wants on her terms . . . which are not your terms. As well, there is the biblical statement that “with God, all things are possible,” which suggests that no matter how abusive she becomes, if I will hang in there with her, joined with the Father in the holy instant, the situation will be corrected. My question is, as a teacher of God, how do I respond to her calls for help? Continue reading

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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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