We come to the end of another Easter Sunday. But Easter is really all year. It is an everyday, equal-opportunity miracle. There are still a few hours left. Download a copy of A Rabbit’s Tale and see what I mean. Suitable for readers age 13+.
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Juan’s life is about to change, unfortunately, not for the better. “This can’t be my life!” If you’ve ever felt trapped in a life that you wish had turned out differently, or wondered, “Where is God?” this suspense-filled Christian fantasy will captivate you. This is the story of two men whose paths cross briefly during their childhood, then again during adulthood. Juan does his best to lead a normal life, after a freakishly bizarre accident. While trying to establish some kind of normalcy and dealing with the strange side effects, he finds himself caught up in a web of suspense and danger as he tries to help a friend bring an evil, cunning, and power hungry ego-maniac to justice. In the process, Juan receives a very special gift.
“This is not a fairy tale…as you’re reading along don’t be surprised if you smile often and even laugh out loud. Diogenes is a great story teller.” – Fr. David McBriar O.F.M.
EB and I subscribe to Richard Rohr’s Daily Mediation and this was just too good not to share. For those that are not familiar with the writings of Richard Rohr, this is for you. As we approach Holy Week and Easter this meditation will resonate with Christians and non-Christians.
Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation
Holding the Pain Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Don’t get rid of the pain until you’ve learned its lessons. When you hold the pain consciously and trust fully, you are in a very special liminal space. This is a great teaching moment where you have the possibility of breaking through to a deeper level of faith and consciousness. Hold the pain of being human until God transforms you through it. And then you will be an instrument of transformation for others.
As an example of holding the pain, picture Mary standing at the foot of the cross. Standing would not be the normal posture of a Jewish woman who is supposed to wail and lament and show pain externally. She’s holding the pain instead, as also symbolized in Michelangelo’s Pietà. Mary is in complete solidarity with the mystery of life and death. She’s trying to say, “There’s something deeper happening here. How can I absorb it just as Jesus is absorbing it, instead of returning it in kind?” Until you find a way to be a transformer, you will pass the pain onto others.
Jesus on the cross and Mary standing by the cross are images of transformative religion. They are never transmitting the pain to others. All the hostility that had been directed toward them—the hatred, the accusations, the malice—none of it is returned. They hold the suffering until it becomes resurrection! That’s the core mystery. It takes our whole life to comprehend this, and then to become God’s “new creation” (Galatians 6:15). The imperial ego hates such seeming diminishment.
Unfortunately, we have the natural instinct to fix pain, to control it, or even, foolishly, to try to understand it. The ego always insists on understanding. That’s why Jesus praises a certain quality even more than love, and he calls it faith. It is the ability to stand in liminal space, to stand on the threshold, to hold the contraries, until you move to a deeper level where it all eventually makes sense in the great scheme of God and grace.
Adapted from The Authority of Those Who Have Suffered (MP3 download)
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EB thinks he may be getting a lump of coal this year because he ate too much candy last Easter. His been on a Peeps and carrot diet for several months. Hopefully Santa will cut him some slack.
He gave me a note to include in this post for all his friends.
To my friends,
I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas. Don’t forget what this holiday is really all about – the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the one whose resurrection I help celebrate on Easter Sunday. In the middle of all the TV ads and crazy shopping, it is easy to lose sight of what is really important.
Be grateful – don’t get upset if you don’t get what you want. If you want to give a really great gift this Christmas, give the gift of forgiveness. You don’t even have to wrap it. It never goes on sale, but its free if you really want it to give it.
Be kind, even if you don’t feel like it and think about the needs of others, even if you don’t want to.
Your candy toting, peeps loving friend,
Kirk Cameron’s new movie Unstoppable has got some folks’ panties in a twister. Read here about Facebook’s attempt to block fans from posting links to the movie. I’ve always admired Kirk Cameron. The guy is not afraid to live his faith wide open. EB and I look forward to watching Kirk’s thought provoking new movie on September 24. Check out the trailer for Unstoppable.
I think that the Gospel of John verse 20 pretty much sums it up for me. But I think that in our society, it is a lot worse than not believing because we cannot see or touch God. I think we have grown so cynical, egotistical and spoiled, that we won’t believe because we think we are god. Hey, man invented technology, we must be gods or at least we’re pretty dammed certain there is no god. Where the hell is he?
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
My wish for you on this Easter is that you allow your hardened heart to soften, even if it’s just enough to allow God’s grace into your life. This wish goes out especially to those who have a lot invested in their hardened positions. It’s a bad investment.
May the peace of the risen Lord be with you and may all your dreams come true, through Him.