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Holy Wind

THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT CAN BREATHE – HUB

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(Stained glass image taken from an apse of the St Peter’s Basilica by Gian Lorenzo Bernini circa 1660, Wikipedia)

Last night I feel like I was given a treat. The Fox Movie Channel was showing GRAVITY back to back. Have you seen it? It’s the full length cinema staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that I had not seen. What a marvelous story!

What can such a film and our study of prayer have to do with that? Well, without giving away anything of the plot, let me just say, Science Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone, admitted she never was told how to pray, but when back, she whispered, Thank you!

PRAYING SINCERELY

According to theologian Rudolf Bultmann, “There are two ways to think about the Holy Spirit: ‘animistic’ and ‘dynamistic’. In animistic thinking, it is ‘an independent agent, a personal power which like a demon can fall upon a man and take possession of him, enabling him or compelling him to perform manifestations of power’ while in dynamistic thought it ‘appears as an impersonal force which fills a man or woman like a fluid’. Both kinds of thought appear in Jewish and Christian scripture, but animistic is more typical of the Old Testament whereas dynamistic is more common in the New Testament. The distinction coincides with the Holy Spirit as either a temporary or permanent gift. In the Old Testament and Jewish thought, it is primarily temporary with a specific situation or task in mind, whereas in the Christian concept the gift resides in man permanently.”(From ‘Jesus and the Word’, London, 1952)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of His presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church.

OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS – Youth granted wisdom to be saved. (8-26-16)

Imagine, we are alone somewhere orbiting the earth, in the Russian Soyuz capsule, going 17,000 MPH, some 250 miles up. Having had only 2 weeks training with reentry, and are about to panic. A simple whisper about never learning prayer brought help.

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(gravitymovie.wikipedia.com)

TEAM PRAYER – Social media church. (8-31-16)

The lost mission commander, George Clooney, appeared at the hatch, tapping to come in. He is allowed in with nonchalant instructions that comforted as well as motivated.  As if an angelic visitation, he is gone. The mystery enables the glorious climax.

ETERNAL REST‘ – Video. (9-19-16)

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(scifi.stackexchange.com)

She swims to the shore, kisses the mud, says Thank you, and slowly stands up. Oh, the wonderful firmament of earth’s gravity! Having been even months without it, the mere effort of standing up is a struggle — we get this, but she prayed! (Thank You)

WORLDVIEW TWEEK – Our nation’s future depends on this. (10-2-16)

After the movie, the news media had to wow me with its stupid sexual allegations . . . and now our helpmate called a meeting about the family plans for Thanksgiving, which thankfully won’t include us. And that is a worldview tweek we are okay with.

CONTEMPLATING AMERICA – How to pray for America. (10-10-16)

Fall weather is stimulating. It’s quiet, it’s cool, and the stress from neighbors is relaxed (with leaves all over the bad looking grass, the yard is peaceful). Our focus is on spring cleaning — the fall weather is permitting us to so struggle gently here.

I have given the national news a break. Only our loving Father can be trusted. All our prayers prayed, we can now trust heaven to come down. All of the above titles represent the most recent posts from my other, older website. Prayer is the theme.

How can we ultimately discern the truth? Only Jesus said how. He, himself is Truth. And his word is true Covenant. Can we learn the truth? Yes, by dedicating ourself to him and his agency, the Church. The Church, having both Scriptures and tradition, is the believer’s authority. (Jn 14:6; Is 46:19; 65:16; Jn 5:39, 40)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of God’s presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church . . . put yourself in Dr. Ryan Stone’s place. (This may be easier for some, if not all.)

But relate to God in even the most distant way . . . he is still right there for you. Just greet him. Your heart will catch his present closeness . . . stop denying him. Accept Him and seek his benefits for you: love, joy, peace is yours in him. Just believe, just trust. You can have his personal revelation even now.

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

(If you read this before I link the prayer-hub for your convenience, you can just go to this link: http://doingjourneytogether.wordpress.com/about  and scroll down to the last five articles.

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“Forming your conscience”

(taken from morethings.com)


IS YOUR CONSCIENCE FORMED YET?

Recently, my darling wife has been stuck in her design mode of trying to create a silk purse out of the sow’s ear with her patio furniture and potted plants. She has great taste for comfortable chairs, and a marvelous selection of flowers and ivy. However, her daily occupation has been to change what she arranged the day before. Again and over again. I am neutral, but began to think, something is wrong here.

My prayer for her, along with the thousand other individuals, has produced the title for today’s post. When I Googled the short phrase, the offerings seemed only to be Catholic teaching. I read this out loud and concluded easily the principle here can apply with Vivian, but also with our country, politics, party platforms, and presumptive candidate at large.(adw.org)

And speaking openly about the biased media reports lately, no one has any answer closer than this than our Catholic Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. I Just heard him say on MSNBC, he would recommend that every citizen vote according to his conscience. Of course, he has learned the meaning of our conscience, being Catholic. But we don’t have this yet.

THE CONSCIENCE ACCORDING TO CATECHISM

“1776, Deep within his conscience, man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment … for man has in his heart a law inscribed by God … his conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.” (www.vatican.va)

“THE FORMATION OF CONSCIENCE”

“1783, Concience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer his own judgment and to reject authoritative teaching.”

THE CERTAIN JUDGMENT

“1800, A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. And 1802, The Word of God is a light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it in practice. This is how moral conscience is formed.”

“THE IDEAL CONSCIENCE: CORRECT AND CERTAIN”

Fr. Kenneth Baker in his work for Fundamentals of Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1983), tells us; “A person may think he is justified in perpetuating an act of terrorism, he might even be sincere. But that doesn’t make terror and murder good. Today, due to philosophical currents of subjectivism and relativism, many persons tend to absolutize the individual conscience. . .

“They neglect the objective principles of morality and claim that an action is good or bad simply because they think it is good or bad. Some of the results of this mentality are a breakdown in public morality, increased violence in the streets, premarital sex, shoplifting, and so forth. . .

“We should cultivate not only a good moral conscience, but also a Christian conscience — which is something much more. In addition to reason, we have the added advantage of grace — personal grace, revelation, the teaching of the Church and good examples of the saints.

“We should learn to judge all things in the light of salvation offered to us in Jesus Christ. He is the model and examplar, for He is the Way and the Truth and the Life.”

CURRENT EVENTS INCLUDED WITH LOVE

We can know in our conscience (heart of hearts), that we will come to positive solutions. Whether with my wife’s patio, porch designs, the presidential conventions, laws for moderate gun-control measures, immigration or terrorism, our consciences being properly formed not by social media, cable networks, but family, Church and proper allegiances.

I am being shown to live according to my conscience. I hope this post is helpful for you too. Even if it does take a lifetime to form our conscience, knowing it can be done, that our Savior, his Mother, and all the saints will help us; and the increased years of living to do this, is far worth all our efforts. But that’s not all!

I am now consoled that my wife is in this lifetime process, right along with me. And all we are doing over and over again is more than recreation. It is only our consciences striving for the perfection we were created to achieve. How we will vote come November, is another matter. But I now believe the collective conscience of our party will be well formed by then.

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles