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First Saturday in Lent

MY PRAYER STATION IS FOR YOU

Today, Saturday, our RCIA class goes to the diocese’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church of all the churches, so I am feeling blessed to go with my sponsors. I wanted to post last Tuesday’s event of Fat Tuesday, and wrote something about Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day, but I tapped the upper left “x” and it deleted. [That really upset me, but that’s what happens when self-hosting my own blog–so I bit the bullet.] So sorry! (Please forgive me)

I am learning to take responsibility for my actions with respect for the privilege of still having a blog to write. This is keeping my mind active, and my heart listening to my conscience’s God-channel. Prayer is key. Above is my prayer station. I am also blessed with such a comfortable bedroom-office. . .(but this is not supposed to be about me). Mother Mary is in here too:

OUR ELECTION IS MADE SURE

Mother is present at my rosary prayer station to bless me with a gentle assurance.

Can I not have a powerfully growing ministry of prayer since becoming Catholic? Since I am losing my transportation—my astuteness has slipped and I agree with spouse that I am not a safe driver. Church online, and prayer time discipline of two hours and 24 minutes (tithing of 24 hours) has been working and enables me to do multiple duties around the house (thanking God continually).

I have been hearing from God to write my autobiography. This may develop into a novel with characters and their dialogue. Similar to last Christmas’ blog post, I changed all the names of our small family to resemble bible characters. That was successful enough to get a positive response from our main family sponsor.

I just heard that it can have my favorite song attached: even to be the title:

God rest you merry gentlemen,

Let nothing you dismay;

Remember Christ our Savior

Was born on Christmas Day;

To save us all from Satan’s power,

As we have gone astray;

O-oh tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfortand joy,

O-oh tidings of comfort and joy.”

TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY?

No, we can’t use that song title (as it is copyrighted), so, the words can be made Jewish with the character names taken from public domain. Is this good to you? It can work for me—we’ll just play it by ear. Hopefully the storyline of my life won’t conflict or take away from actual scripture, since the point of writing this is to use my events as an illustration for readers to be motivated to check in the bible how actually does the truth parallel my life.

CREATEES CAN RELATE TO THE CREATOR

My story must parallel human history: What came first? That’s not hard, but how we got here, may be of interest to family readers. [Even if my book manuscript can be published cheaply, and it can help one family member be moved toward their redemption, my life will have been worth living…legacy worth telling.

A simple character with common features we can relate to, and his or her holy name, (ever notice how many people are named after saints?). I can do that, even with my new patron saint, Anselm of Canterbury.

So, this article will be the last for a while, as I am hearing I can have fifty days to write such an original (novel) autobiography. We can do it, with your prayers and God’s help.

KEEPING ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN,

Oh, bye the bye, that first Saturday of Lent, my sponsor did remarkably introduce me to our bishop, a very personable leader in our diocese. I was led to share with him how I was baptized some 55 years ago. That made an impression because I was not able to find any documentation of it.

So, following the election service, where each of us were anointed by him, we walked by him seated with our pastor, Bishop Robert Baker pulled me gently aside to remark how I might require a provisional baptism. The pastor agreed, and we all agreed. Anyway, I was told not to worry, it will happen.(That was February 17.)

It happened as a pleasant surprise to me that on my birthday, March 28, during the vigil practice, I was called to stand and have my baptism before the class and all their families—it was as public as could be. Everyone applauded and accepted the provisional baptism. [My full communion certificate indicated the correct original date of Mother’s Day 1962.]

The week before, I was quick to be in line for my first confession. I was quickly absolved of all 105 sins I listed according to a website called, guide to good confession (nationalcatholicregister.com)

I felt really good for having prepared to mention the most guilt-laden sins first, and in 10-minutes, 55-years of sins were gone. PTL!

We praise Almighty God for his merciful lovingkindness. He has blessed us with his everlasting grace! I have obeyed God leading me to his true family…as well as the recalling my catholic family heritage, for every one who will follow me. (Thank You!)

Charles Anselm Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

[Song words from c.1760, are used with permission according to US Copyright Law, Fair-use provision, and WikipediaCommons, nothing stolen, nothing profited, and credits given.]

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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.

[All copyright material is used with permission according to the fair use provision of US Copyright Law, that specifies, no product is stolen for profit, and due credit is given. Advertising notwithstanding. Author is not liable for claims of church teaching or text reference authority. Opinions are relative to personal status.]