Charismatic Prayer

Monday night was the first time in many years that I participated in a Charismatic Prayer Group.

I began my journey with the Charismatic Movement when I was in college at Aquinas.  It was during the heights of the movement; the 1980’s.  The group I was involved with was quite large about twenty young college women so excited to be involved with the movement, ready to receive the Spirit of the Lord.

I remember being very disappointed that I wasn’t “speaking in tongues” as many of the young women were, I am always quiet, saying little, praying silently.  I thought there was something wrong with me, that the Holy Spirit didn’t want me, wasn’t going to “give me” a gift.  It took me many years to understand that I was given a gift, that my style of prayer was just fine, many of my Charismatic mom friends would say that my prayer life “ran deep”; the still waters run deep kinda thing.

I am glad to be back with a group.  The fellowship is wonderful.  Being with people who don’t judge you about your emotional-spiritual life is so reassuring.  The point of the prayer group is to give you a time to be with God, listening for Him and to Him.  In a group you will find a gathering of people who care about what happens in your life, what happens to the world, and the Church as a family.

If you are interested in participating in a Lansing Michigan Charismatic Prayer Group I have provided a list below

Speak to us of children

Lena Levon of Ms Elena Levon Traveling.com came to visit, so I stopped by her blog.  I found on one of her recent posts the meditation of Children written by Kahlil Gibran.

It is my favourite meditation of his and I thought I would share it with you all:

“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, and yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward, not tarries with yesterday. “

- Kahlil Gibran
from the book : The Prophet

Labyrinth Walk

The Labyrinth is a prayer walk meditative tool, a walk of quiet meditation.  It is a large circular walk that draws people walking it from the larger outer circle to the smaller inner circle.  The walk is not a puzzle, game or problem to be solved, it is a walk very reminiscent to our own lives.  The outer circle those broader issues, situation, events that create our lives and as we walk deeper into the Labyrinth we start to contemplate those more specific issues, situations, events of our lives; looking more closer at how our lives have evolved.

Walking this path engages our minds, bodies, spirits to invite the Divine into conversation with us.  The rhythm of the walk is soothing and quieting.  If we concentrate on that rhythm we begin to lose the world, the sounds of the city/forest/green space that we find ourselves walking.  We enter into a meditative state that opens us to God.  This meditative state is something we may experience if we lose our self in Mass and suddenly are brought back by a change of song, or a prayer, or our own child asking us what we are thinking about.  This state is also the state that Theresa of the Little Flower also experienced.

If we have an opportunity to walk the Labyrinth it will help us slow down and listen for and to God, something so important in the business of our lives.

Dwelling place of God in the Spirit

Mommy Mantra October 28, 2014: Ephesians 2:19-21

So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God,built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

This reading from today’s Mass resonated with me to the heart.  Words like household, foundation, capstone, structure, temple, all speak of dwelling: especially household; a place where loved ones gather.  From that household a foundation for life is created by parents who love and siblings who share with each other that parental love and support.  A household is a structure that is hopefully built on the foundation of God and the Great Commandment where parents teach their children values, convictions and beliefs of the church placed on their hearts; and these teachings help propel the children out into the world to do that same.

From that household we are given space, place and time for us to create ourselves as God has called us to be.  Experiences of our lives, reaction to those experiences and how we see God acting in our lives will create us as a dwelling place for the Spirit and from that we invite others into our lives to experience God as we experience Him.

 

Righteous Cause: Laughing

On 8 August, women will gather in central Istanbul to take part in a “laughing protest”  It is an opportunity for women all over the world, Christian/Catholic, and Jew to join in solidarity with our Islamic sisters.  We can spend a few minutes on August 8th, praying for, thinking positively about, sharing a laugh with these our sisters.10257675_10152594206734604_3743966925773483524_n

Brave women. Laughing with them in solidarity.
Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter on Wednesday to protest against comments by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc who had urged women not to laugh in public to “protect moral values.”

Melda Onur, a lawmaker from the main opposition party CHP said on Twitter Arinc’s comments portrayed laughing as a dishonourable act and left women exposed to violence.

See the photos now at CBCNews.ca: http://cbc.sh/qTh2pdD
CBC News
Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter on Wednesday to protest against comments by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc who had urged women not to laugh in public to “protect moral values.”

Melda Onur, a lawmaker from the main opposition party CHP said on Twitter Arinc’s comments portrayed laughing as a dishonourable act and left women exposed to violence.

See the photos now at CBCNews.ca: http://cbc.sh/qTh2pdD

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Mommy Mantra August 4, 2014: MT 14: 27 “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
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Need I say more. This is for all moms with prayers that need answering, and for prayers that have been answered. For moms who need the courage to stay strong.

Let’s pray that encouragement is always truly genuine.

1491721_634242926660698_2695856782635256221_nI have many friends who are alternative healers and many of them do a wonderful job at helping others, but I have found, and here I am also speaking for myself as a Catholic Spiritual Director, that we, healers of all stripes, can get a little myopic, meaning we have difficulty seeing clearly.   What this means is we imagine that everyone MUST see the world the way we DO!  After all aren’t we helping bring a more positive attitude to the world?!

If we are not careful to remember that there are very wounded people in the world our attempts to encourage will come off as being pompous and elitist.  We throw out these bonne bouche as if everyone will be totally enlighten by them.  Many will.  But it is the others that I worry about, and here is my response to this picture:

“Dear X this kind of statement is great, (meaning the picture above which was on her timeline), but it speaks to adults who have worked to create a more positive attitude for themselves. It speaks more to how we should raise our children [so they are more positive in their outlook], and if we are struggling to have that sort of attitude we should seek help from therapist, spiritual directors, counselors. I work with people who view these types of thing, (the picture above), while very positive, [is]as also quite depressing because they feel inadequate because they are, as they perceive the world around, the ONLY ones who are[n't] doing it right, being positive, being right, not good enough to be positive, or can’t get it right, because they don’t know how to be positive or life situations has sucked the positive out of them.”

What I did not post was something I think is very important, something I myself must remember to do to always include in the post, if you need any help in creating the life you feel God has called you, please seek out a spiritual director, counselor, religious, or therapist.

Let’s pray that encouragement is always truly genuine.

Tom McKay, columnist for PolicyMic, You Missed So Much

psychologists, find, a, surprising, thing, happens, to, kids, who, read, harry, potter, Tom McKay wrote of the success of the Harry Potter books in “teaching young people around the world to battle prejudice.”

But he missed so much more.  Our eldest twin girl has issues she battles everyday: issues of self worth, anxiety, and others.  As she was growing up reading the books, watching the movies, (what am I saying, she memorized the books and movies), there were so many positive images and attitudes than just defeating prejudice.  Unless you think of the prejudice we have for ourselves.  The prejudice of not feeling worthy in who we are or what we do, or how we look, think and feel.

Defeating the Dementors who come to suck the souls of the books characters was an excellent way to help teen age girls see how depression can suck out their own soul = joy of life, and leave them feeling depressed and isolated by self hatred, self harm and self abuse.  Defeating those Dementors means learning to trust or relearning to trust in parents, teachers, counselors, religious, who can help them find their way back.  By using an everyday version of the Patronus charm: for us it was prayer, remembering three good things about the day, three good things you, she, did that day, and three people you, she, could trust to help her, you; she began to to build a better view of herself and her world.

Than there are the positive images of intelligent likable girls like Luna and Hermione who don’t see themselves as oddities. These girls helped our daughter but can also help our teen girls, tween girls and young girls to that confidence is built not given.  Luna and Hermione seek solutions, don’t wait for the boys to do it for them, work hard for goals they want to achieve.

Than there are the other major themes that help our tween/teen girls see the world, understand their issues, feelings and difficulties.

  • There are themes of self reliance: Bad things happen, but I can and will survive.
  • The book deals with larger questions of life: who am I, what is my purpose in life?
  • The characters wrestle with issues of responsibility:  Was it my fault that such and such happened, (the death in the maze), how do I deal with strong emotions, deaths of loved ones, harm that came to loved ones because of my actions/inactions.

These are major life issues that many tweens/teens can find difficult to face, or impossible to understand; and when a beloved character faces them and does well, it gives hope and shows our children they can as well.  Our girls can analyze how the characters did what things and find out what happens when things are worked out, and see a brighter future when there is success.  The girls can also see that success often comes from failure, or unexpected situations, and that it is alright that there is no prefect plan.

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10492601_1327090253995267_2899720889284703712_n (1) And I bet God is saying: “I gotch you girl….I don’t even listen to the complaints because I know you’re just blowing off steam!!!!”

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