CONTEMPLATING AMERICA

– HOW TO PRAY FOR AMERICA

“If we think of the gospel as applying only to our eternal destiny, we are short-changing the death of Christ in a dramatic way. According to St. Paul, the gospel isn’t only for the lost; the gospel is also for the saved. It’s not only for when you die but also for every day of your life. In fact, the only way someone can truly live the kind of life Jesus intended is to understand that the gospel is for your past, present, and future. It’s the means by which you are saved, are made holy, and are preserved until the end.” (Romans 15:19) [From Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel]

Reviewing last week’s post, which has had a great rave response, (thanks Mom) I would like to openly admit this blog is not mine, but (Father) Frank’s. If you have seen his book, A Worthy Rock, you may have a feel for his insight. I only write what I hear from him. The worldview tweek was about converting a Muslim to become a Catholic Christian, which IS miraculous!

Today, after a long ride over the Appalachian foothills, here in Huntsville, Alabama, I have given up on writing you about prayer. This is something totally different, better. “This is Christian Mysticism” Said Lisa Garr, interviewing David Frenette. “‘It’s about deepening your experience with God.’ Says Fr. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, a Catholic Benedictine monk.”

INCARNATIONAL CONTEMPLATION

picture credit: blog.adw.org

“Father Thomas Keating, Trappist monk, [MA, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology] entered the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, OCSO, in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, in January, 1944. He was appointed Superior of St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, in 1958, and was elected abbot of St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1961. He returned to Snowmass after retiring as abbot of Spencer in 1981, where he established a program of ten-day intensive retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer, a contemporary form of the Christian contemplative tradition.” She said.

“In 1984, Fr. Thomas Keating along with Gustave Reininger and Edward Bednar, co-founded Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international, ecumenical spiritual network that teaches the practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, a method of prayer drawn from the Christian contemplative tradition. Contemplative Outreach provides a support system for those on the contemplative path through a wide variety of resources, workshops, and retreats.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE MEDITATION

“The Lord called them away from fishing and pointed them to their future . . . to a deeper love.” The above peaceful photo comes from Bishop Charles Pope, and his Community in Mission, ‘Creating a culture of encounter’. Also, Matt Chandler’s The Explicit Gospel, includes, “personal and cosmic levels of meditation.” (LifeWay.com)

So I just took a nap, laying down in the warm fall sunshine with cool breezes and turned on my favorite sacred music stream. The Latin chant was playing and instantly brought tears to my eyes. It is so beautiful to me. Let me try to post YouTube here. Have you heard this? O Nata lux de lumine, O Light born of Light, ‘Jesus redeemer of the world . . .’

“WHERE CHARITY AND LOVE ARE, GOD IS”

Now, this morning, dressed and resting before church, the beautiful Ubi caritas et amor is being played. Wow. I just had an   idea-vision. What if our government believed in washing each other’s feet while in session–so everyone would have to be there? How humbling is that? God would be present at congressional sessions. Strife would leave, as the choir sings . . .

CHURCH TODAY IS DIFFERENT – About Trump in prophecy!

I just followed a more positive path today listening to a dramatic documentary called, Trump: Coming Landslide Ancient Prophecy 2016 narrated by a conspiracy rockstar named Trey Smith. I have linked it here with his strong conclusion of the prayers that are taken out of context, that of 2 Chronicles 7:14, and 14:7, that many think can apply to our present . . .

‘2 Chronicles 14:7 “Now is the time to do it, while the Lord is blessing us with peace because of our obedience to him,” he told his people. “Let us build and fortify cities now, with walls, towers, gates, and bars.” So they went ahead with these projects very successfully.’ [credit: YouTube, Casper McCloud, for editing-in several actual live, prophetic events: Trump is a Cyrus type.]

I agree about prophecy, that it is a spiritual gift, that is to be most desired and sought after, and that “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. God is not the author of confusion.” (1Corinthians 14:30-33) But, I cannot agree how prophecy is used so dramatically with sound effects and hyper-emphatic, hand gestures. This is just not in God’s power.

PRAY FOR GOD TO DO HIS WILL IN MEN’S HEARTS

The use of bible texts in conspiracy theory is consistent with the trend of the Donald Trump following. If you willingly hear this prophecy presentation, consider how such an edited video is designed to make a certain effective political point. Does your spirit discern God in this? Or can a sense of grave truth be missing. [God speaks from his timeless eternal word.]

After some thought and periods of meditation, oh, and that debate last night, I am feeling somewhat confident that our loving Heavenly Father knows his will is already in place for our nation. Only a few more weeks to go . . . Trust God!

A landslide isn’t necessary. But the gentle giant compared to a little happy woman is a no-brainer to me. [Please see the below linked article, ‘How to pray for America.’]

May the Lord bless and keep you dear friend.

Charles

@wordlifejournal

[Pray for America]

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