Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Peace and All Good

At the time of the Fifth Crusade St. Francis of Assisi travelled to Egypt with the hope of promoting peace between the Christian and Muslim forces. He fully expected capture and martyrdom, but felt that the any dialogue about peace was worth the price. He was, in fact, soon captured but rather than death he was taken to the Sultan who recognized the holiness of this friar who appeared before him wearing a tattered habit and offering a greeting of peace. The Sultan was so taken with Francis that upon his departure from Egypt, Francis was offered several gifts from the Sultan, which were turned down. 

As the start of Ramadan approaches, the US Franciscans released a message which said, in part, "...(Franciscans) continue to take great inspiration from the meeting of St. Francis and the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219, an encounter based on peace, and mutual admiration and respect." Almost 800 years later the posture of the Franciscan body is still one of peace.

You can the message from the US Franciscans at

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Let us desire nothing else.
Let us wish for nothing else.
Let nothing else please us and cause us delight except our Creator and Redeemer and Saviour, the one true God, Who is the fullness of good.
- St. Francis of Assisi (Regula Non bullata, 1221)

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Silence is essential. We need silence just as much as we need air.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sign from above

Ok, so I am driving down the freeway earlier today and, above the overpass that is coming up, I see the figure of a person in a bright orange shirt waving their arms and making a point of attracting attention. After the onslaught of horrible news overnight, and just for an instant, my mind thought it might be a bad guy up to something (because we all know that all bad guys wear bright orange shirts and wave their arms and try to be noticed before doing no good).

At any rate, as I got closer I could see that the figure, which was now recognizable as a young male, was also jumping up and down between waves. Finally I was close enough to see why he wanted our attention: in enormous letters on the front of his bright orange shirt were the words "John 3:16". What a perfect way, and what a perfect moment, to remind those of us driving down that road, that love is always the answer.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

One Simple Meditation Method You Can Do Anywhere, Anytime

A delightful one minute reflection by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on monkey mind and meditating everywhere anytime.

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"But now, humankind is destroying this balance, and Mother Earth is crying out in pain. Can you hear that your mother is dying?"

An important message from Sister Chan Khong that needs to be shared among all sentient beings who have the eyes to see, ears to listen and hearts to understand. (read her message)

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Feast of St. Junipero Serra

Happy Feast Day!! Today Catholics celebrate the very first ever Feast Day for St. Junipero Serra.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

The Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross
Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
All: Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

And Pilate said to the Jews, “Behold, your king!” But they cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. And so they took Jesus and led him away, bearing the cross for himself. (John 19:14-17)

Jesus, as you accepted your cross, you knew you would carry it to your death on Calvary. You knew it wouldn't be easy, but you accepted it and carried it just the same.

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