The God who makes Love.

Singleness
Singleness

Wedding Blessing 

Love-making God, present in you both,

To Whom being-present, each is by grace,

Entwine this couple in your Singleness,

That each may, in union, become much less than now

And each may Be, be more in you and you in They.

 

God, maker of Love, bless this couple with abundance,

The abundance of Nature, oceans of truth and fearlessness,

Explorers discovering the wildness of over-flowing Life,

Bless them with amazement and in your blinding Light

Seduce and guide them into each and You and Us.

 

God, lover of all, create with each and both

Make incarnate your design for their together Being

Complete their com-promise.  Imagine what you Will in them

To make substancial  Life and Peace and Home.

 

God of undescribable Love,

Let Joy be near at hand when Hope is thin or weariness weighs

Grant that endurance, humility, surrender, letting-go and even death

Be known as stepping-stones to more, to harmony to wrapped-round union –

That blending where even Trinity has no inner boundaries,

Where Father is Mother is Child and Spirit, One.

 

God, who makes us love and loves in us,

Wed us all and bless this couple as a model of your Love

Love which endures all passing imperfections, flaws and trials.

Wed us all to you and bless this couple, your own good children.

We rejoice with You in them and pray that always in each,

together as each, we meet You in them.  Rejoice.

Letting God be God (3) Incarnation

 Don’t be ashamed of the flesh of our brother, it’s our flesh!

Francis

“The most difficult charity (or fasting) is the charity of goodness such as that practiced by the Good Samaritan who bent over the wounded man unlike the priest who hurried past, maybe out of fear of becoming infected. And this is the question posed by the Church today: “Am I ashamed of the flesh of my brother and sister”

“When I give alms, do I drop the coin without touching the hand (of the poor person, beggar)? And if by chance I do touch it, do I immediately withdraw it? When I give alms, do I look into the eyes of my brother, my sister? When I know a person is ill, do I go and visit that person? Do I greet him or her with affection? There’s a sign that possibly may help us, it’s a question: Am I capable of giving a caress or a hug to the sick, the elderly, the children, or have I lost sight of the meaning of a caress? These hypocrites were unable to give a caress. They had forgotten how to do it….. Don’t be ashamed of the flesh of our brother, it’s our flesh!”

March 7th, 2013.  Pope Francis.

Letting God be God (2). God as subject.

Letting God be God (2). God as subject.

Love in all its manifestations.
Love in all its manifestations.

 Love in all its manifestations.  

God loves.

We know this.

I love.  I know this.

God is beyond knowing but we know Him/Her in this loving.

I know God when I love for He/She and I are One in loving.

We are One in Loving.

The subject of Love is God: God Loves.  In us God does His/Her loving.

 

Loving with all our being.

Directed, empty, open to Love.
Directed, empty, open to Love.                                 photo credit  stevencox.com

 

“I Pray that my whole being be directed to God, so that He may be the God of compassion and love to me and through me.”

This is a prayer which Gerald W Hughes S.J. has used as an entry into meditative prayer.

Directed, Open, Empty, Waiting………………….

Letting God Love through me……….

Letting God be God of Love…….

Letting God be the God of compassion…..

Letting God be God in me…

Letting God be God.

Letting God be I, in me.

God is subject.

God as subject: Love.
God as subject: Love.

Lord, that You may live in me so that I may live in You.

And You..And You…And You…And You…And You….And You….And You….And You..And You…And You…And You…And You….And You….And You….And You..And You…And You…And You…And You….And You….And You….And You..And You…And You…And You…And You….And You….And You….And You..And You…And You…And You…And You….And You….And You….And You..And You…And You…And You…And You….And You….And You….And You..And You…And You…And You…And You….And You….And You….

as Love,          as subject,              as Us.

Letting God be God. (1) God as Mystery.

Letting God be God. (1) God as Mystery.

 

Gerald W. Hughes S.J.  "God of Surprises.
Gerald W. Hughes S.J. “God of Surprises.

 

“God is Mystery”

“In turning to God we must first acknowledge that whatever and however he is, he is mystery. We can never, with our finite minds, adequately grasp who he is. If you are searching for a clear and precise notion of who God is, you will not find him in reading this book. And if ever you do find a neat and clear definition, you may be sure that it is false. God is mystery: but that does not mean he is totally unintelligible. We can come to know a mystery and grow in knowledge of it, but the more we enter into the mystery of God, or more accurately, the more the mystery of God takes hold on us, the more we realize that he is mystery.

"God" is a beckoning word.
“God” is a beckoning word.

The truth about God, that he is mystery, is of fundamental importance. Being fundamental, any religion which ignores this truth will certainly lead us astray. We may construct a most elaborate and ingenious religious system, but if it is not  grounded in this basic truth that God is mystery, then  our elaborate system becomes an elaborate form of idolatry. We are constantly tempted to make God in our own image and likeness. We want to control and domesticate him, giving him perhaps a position of great honour in our hearts, home and country, but we remain in control. God is uncontrollable, beyond anything we can think of or imagine. ‘God’, I once heard someone say, ‘is a beckoning word.’ He calls us out of ourselves and beyond ourselves, he is our God of surprises, “always creating anew.”
“In speaking of our relationship to God and to Christ we have to make use of analogies, but no analogy is ever adequate. We speak of ‘Christ living in our hearts’ and ‘making his home in us’, and such analogies are useful, but it is more true to say, ‘We must live in the heart of God, we must make our home in Christ,’a heart which is always greater than anything we can think or imagine, a home that embraces the whole Universe.”  (From :  Gerald W. Hughes SJ, God of Surprises, Darton, Longman and Todd, London, 1985, pp.  31 and 161)

The Eye of the Needle. Jesuit school fundraising and homelessness.

The Eye of the Needle:  Jesuit school fundraising and homelessness.

My wordpress reader presented me with two posts yesterday, one after the other, which left me with some discomfort.

Fundraising
Fundraising
Gotta find a home.
Gotta find a home.

Different approaches to the poor.

I have a long-standing affiliation with the Jesuits. My own education was in a Jesuit College in Glasgow and I feel a strong attraction to Ignatian Spirituality.  This is why I read Jesuit blogs.

I wonder if my discomfort arises from the Jesuit philosophy behind the Preparatory school for which funds were being raised – to give children from poor families a superb and complete education.  There is, perhaps, a hint of elitism in it all: in the easy access to funds as much as in the selection of those young people who will benefit from the school.     However,  the programme in Brooklyn  does help individuals out of the poverty trap.

I then saw this post on the facebook page of my old school:

Just co-incidently my former College was fund-raising on the same day - for a tour to South Africa.
Just co-incidently my former College was fund-raising on the same day – for a tour to South Africa.

There is no denying a smack of elitism in the above.  Although it is a world I have long ago left behind,  I want to be loyal and understanding of the reasons why such Jesuit schools are the best way the Jesuits  can serve the poor.

Yet the contrast with the simplicity and directness of the Gotta find a home blog,  affects me.  Dennis Cardiff  writes stories in his blog about homeless people   He says,

“I can’t do much for these people except to show them love, compassion, an ear to listen, perhaps a breakfast sandwich and a coffee. I want to do more. To know them is to love them. “

I want to see both these approaches to helping the poor as inspirations and a witness to the Gospels.  Perhaps the Jesuits have elected the more difficult Way.