Tag Archive: God’s embrace


Pope Francis’ Talk to the World

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Pope Francis has spoken both to the Congress of the United States, our representatives, and to the United Nations, the representatives to the peoples of the world. Each son or daughter of a given country, like the United States, or of any other nation in the world, each of us, (you and me), we have a mission, a personal and social responsibility. The Pope is not speaking just to the people in Russia, or China, or the state of New York. He is addressing everyone. And, he is not speaking so that we can read a laundry list of “things to do” and then determine to whom it applies. The actions, described by the Pontiff, are ways all of us must seek out to improve our own way of living. Our actions, our lifestyle, will guide us to being concerned human beings. And, in so living, we will help bring change to others in need.

To many groups, Pope Francis holds out hope for a better life, a better world. However, it is not something that will magically appear. We need to open our eyes, the eyes of our heart, to recognize and embrace our struggles and the struggles and efforts of those with whom we come in contact. These may be our family, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers. They should also include the people who are in need of food, shelter, clothing, safety, clean living, and clean water. To this list should be added, all those who abuse not only alcohol, drugs, but also other people, and children. Their instabilities, their hurts, their confusion play a huge part in their abuse of the world. In short, all people with whom we come in contact, we must look at their heart and see how they are suffering. Everyone is!!! We cannot focus on what they look like, how they act, or how they smell. All of these people heard or will hear the Pope’s message. Is this just going to be one more carrot dangled before their impoverished eyes? It will be, unless each of us strives to fulfill our own personal mission, our own social responsibility.

What is our mission, then? When does mission turn into a social responsibility? Our mission is as unique as we are. Our circumstances, our lives, our cultures, each of these play a part in forming what our mission is. On a global scale, to grow wholesomely as a human being. A concerned, loving human being, that is what forms each person’s mission. Our own personal mission is to view our own individual circumstances, where are we lacking, what do we need. The need that we seek, however, is not material, but spiritual. Do we need that 3rd or 4th TV? Do we need the approval of everyone? Do we strive, at all costs, to be liked by others? What are the things that we have grown accustomed to having, to searching for, to expecting? Look within, at our own heart. What requires adjustment? Are we striving to be a better person? Or, is the status quo acceptable to us? How do we view ALL PEOPLE? Unfortunately, for many of us that view falls into: some we like, some we don’t care about, and, some, we just don’t even want to be near.

Our mission is to uncover what it is about us that could be better…should be better. Oh, I can’t do that. That is too much trouble. This is usually our normal response, as we settle back and play one more game on the IPhone, or change the channel to watch our favorite show. We think we are ok, just as we are. However, other people … well, that is a different story. Look at the goodness of Pope Francis, his smile, his concern for others, his patience, his desire to serve, and still we see no need for us to change. “Well, he is the Pope. He has to be that way.” NO, he doesn’t have to be that way. But, he is that way and he is the Pope. Good people desire to be better. They strive to overcome themselves, to understand themselves. And, in that striving and understanding, they see what they are lacking and want desperately to change.

It is in this remaking of ourselves that we ask God’s assistance, because we cannot do this on our own. It is only through our relationship with God and seeing His Goodness and Love, that we will recognize our failings and our mistakes. God’s arms are extended to us, welcoming us, almost begging us to come into His embrace. It is only through our true acceptance of God’s love, our recognition that everything He has said and done is done for us, then, and only then, can we recognize how closed in on ourselves, we really are. God’s embrace showers His love, His kindness, His concern upon us. His example is for us to go and do likewise to the world around us, the people around us, the family and friends around us. This is our personal mission. But we cannot fulfill it, we cannot embrace others, if we keep hugging only ourselves. God has shown us His embrace encompassing all mankind. “I am the Way”, He says. Let me show you how you are to act with the people you come into contact with. Open your arms and embrace them, and, be concerned about their needs above your own.

TO READ THE ENTIRE TEXT OF POPE FRANCIS ADDRESS TO CONGRESS (click the prior underlined words).

The 5 Posts directly below, blend with this theme. They continue the thought. Thanks for coming:

1) Our Wake Up Call
2) Triggers In Our Lives
3) Love, Do we have it?
4) Whispers
5) Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Whispers

Whispers

My dear friends, these are words that I feel must be said. We can so easily lull our minds to sleep as we go through the motions of living our lives that we don’t give any thought to what we are doing. The same old, same old becomes a ritual that we nail in place every day. Without bothering to think of what we are doing, or even what we should be doing, we just plug along getting up, going to work, or to school, reacting to people with the same attitude that we have cultivated over the years. We eat our meals with blank minds. The only time we allow our minds to wander and wonder is when we shouldn’t, namely, while driving our car.

Regardless of our age we all have a tendency to live without focus. It seems to be too much trouble to delve into the whys of what we do, why we like people, why we don’t like people. Think for a moment what “why” do you avoid? (“Be careful, This could become habit forming”, he said with tongue in cheek.) We all have that something which we tend to avoid. And that something is … thinking. Thinking, I am afraid, has become like moving dusty memorabilia up in the attic. “Why am I keeping this”, we ask ourselves…as we look at it with a strange gaze, and then gently put it back in the same position, to be untouched for another few years.

It is not just you. Everyone, all of us, seem to be shunning thought! It is our minds that separate us from other animals. We can think! We can delve into the recesses of our minds. We can understand ourselves! We even have a mobile phone that we can carry around and contact anyone. We can text anyone. We can exchange our thoughts to others. But, I would hazard a guess that there is a high percentage of people that use their phone for their own pleasure. The phone is used for amusement, to play a game. Why? We don’t have to think! We don’t feel guilty about not thinking. Hey, how can I think? I am busy playing a game! We choose amusement over thinking.

Let’s now shift into a third gear, a major mind shift. “What is God’s unique plan for you?” We were just talking about amusement and thinking, and in the blink of an eye, we speak of reflection, of delving into the recesses of our mind, into the logistics of God’s existence and its meaning for us. Our mind is a gift that has been given only to mankind. And, we need it to really appreciate and understand Christianity. We must use that mind to try to understand our God’s love, and for our heart, to absorb it. Do you really feel that this is too much trouble to do, that it is too difficult to do? Then, with as much love in my heart that I can possibly have, I say to you, “BE CAREFUL, IF IT REALLY IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE, THEN YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW OR UNDERSTAND JESUS”. I can hear your words of, “Who does he think he is? He doesn’t know me.” I know that sounds harsh. But, if we are truly trying to know Jesus, then NOTHING is too difficult to do; NOTHING is too much trouble to do. We use the gift that God has given us, thought, to learn about God’s plan for us.

The question was asked of us of what we would be when we grew up? It was a normal question and one that seemed reasonable. The correct answer should have been, “I will tell you when I grow up”. But, the question inevitably was answered with, “Doctor”, “Nurse”, “Lawyer”, “Priest”, “Nun” or one of hundreds of other professions and life styles. Unwittingly, we fell into the trap of thinking that THAT life style would define who we would be when we grew up. And so, our goal was established at a specific time for the rest of our life. I ask you now, “Who are you, right now?” Don’t answer with a profession. The correct answer will speak of our likes, our dislikes, what we feel in our heart, what occupies our mind’s thoughts, what we seek, who we love, what are our sorrows, what are we happy about, and what our mistakes have been. Every one of those answers requires us to analyze our self, to think of our life style. They require THOUGHT!! Oh, and by the way, at this same time, we are spelling out God’s unique plan for us.

All of these we have formed us over the years. They are not to be taken lightly. God has helped us, has shaped us, and together with our many, many missteps has formed the person that we are right now. This person, who exists with this body, is facing life as it gradually unfolds before us. We have no right to curse this, or blame that. Life is unfolding before us. God’s will for us is permitting life to unfold. Some of it, we may deem to be good, and some, not so. But it is our life and it is God’s plan for us, at this moment in time. We don’t have the right or the privilege to say, “I will wait for the next hand that you deal”. He wants us to recognize that this hand was given to us by Him. He, who loves us beyond all comprehension, is giving us this current hand (with its’ joy and sorrows), so that we may grow. All of our life has been educating us for this hand, so that we can cope with, accept, and embrace what God has permitted life to deal us. “For this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37) God speaks to us daily. He doesn’t shout. His is a whisper. It is so quiet that we must stop the turmoil in which we are involved. We must quietly listen so that we can hear His whispers in our mind.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) Aim for the WHY?
2) The Tree
3) A Meal With Friends
4) What Does This Mean?