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Franciscan Blessing

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, Photography with tags , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

I haven’t seen this prayer for years until I came across it a few weeks ago, and I had to share it! That fourth stanza is something else isn’t it? May you all be blessed to do what others say couldn’t be done!

 

 

 

Four-fold Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator,

Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour,

and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide,

be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

AMEN

Happy Easter! 2011

Posted in Christian, Christianity, Jesus, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

                   St. Roses Catholic Church, Fort Rock, Oregon

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.

          ~S.D. Gordon


May your Easter be blessed and inspire you with new life!


Virtual Priest?

Posted in Christianity, humor, odds and ends, religion with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

Something interesting I found on my Times Reader this morning …

App Can’t Replace Confession, Vatican Says

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Published: February 9, 2011

 

A new application being sold on iTunes, “Confession: a Roman Catholic App,” cannot be used as a substitute for confession with a priest, the Vatican said Wednesday. The application was developed by American entrepreneurs with the help of two priests and the blessing of a bishop. It features a questionnaire of sins, and is promoted as a tool both to revive interest in confession and to help Catholics prepare for the sacrament. But some media reports cast the app as a “virtual priest” for Catholics who do not have time for church, prompting the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, to respond, “One cannot speak in any way of ‘confession by iPhone.’ ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/technology/10vatican.html?_r=1&ref=world

Fortunately I would think God would accept it by whatever means … lol

Jesus Hates Religion Too …

Posted in Christian, Christianity, Jesus, quote(s), religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

Just came across this cruising CNN …


With some of the things I see going on in the name of Jesus …. This makes sense!

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-418986

you shouldn’t stand in water during a thunderstorm

Posted in Christianity, humor, Jesus, odds and ends with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

Remember what your mom said about standing in water during a thunderstorm …. This just in from Yahoo …

6-story Jesus statue in Ohio struck by lightning
 
MONROE, Ohio – A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.
The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.
 
The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.
Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.
 

 

Confessional

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

A few years ago there was this movie Phone Booth which pointed out our culture’s growing need for confession, even from a secular viewpoint. What’s the attraction all about? Is a new “confession-craze” dawning, or do you see something different, something deeper?

Repentance is good for the soul, and we cannot be Christians without it. Many a “Christian” believes that if he simply mutters his confession into his pillow at night, that is good enough. God may very well hear and forgive, however the sinner robs himself of absolution through Christ’s body, The Church. James says in his epistle, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another that you may be healed.” (James. 5:16)

“Private” confession to God is nowhere taught in scripture, and this practice is probably responsible for the millions of dollars spent in this country every year on mental health professionals, dealing with “guilt feelings,” instead of dealing with the actual guilt through the sacrament. It is important to understand, that if we have trouble confessing our sins to a priest, a fellow sinner, how can we confess our sins to the righteous and Holy God?

Just some thoughts on a Friday … Tim

A Nice Pair of Francis’

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, odds and ends, quote(s) with tags , , , , , , , on May 2, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

“It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.”

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

~ St. Francis of Assisi