Spiritual exercises? How to converse with God? How can you expand your daily consciousness of God, who is in all and all present.
Catholic priest Father Larry learned after the death of his wife Joan nineteen years ago how much he needed God as his Friend, the same way as Abraham was God’s friend.
“But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend. ( Isaiah 41:8).
Says Father Larry: There’s one, two three spiritual exercises you can do daily, which take about 5 or so minutes a day. These spiritual exercises are a way of expanding your consciousness of God who is in all and all present.
1) Think back over the last 24 hours for an interaction or event that went well in your life. Re-experience those moments and hold them in your consciousness. Then, give thanks to God for those moments and event.
2) Next. Now think back over the last 24 hours for an interaction, project or event that did not go well. This time think how it might have gone better and replay in your consciousness how it might have gone. And now, ask God for grace that next time that it will go better.
3) Think ahead to the next 24 hours. Think about what might happen in the next 24 hours, about up-coming projects, events or interactions which you think will occur. Pick a particular possible event. And ask God for strength and wisdom as you experience that up-coming event or interaction.
That’s the One, Two , Three spiritual exercises you can utilize to expand your consciousness of God as your Friend and Companion on the Way. Thank Father Larry of Resurrection Catholic Community, for these suggestions.
written by Cameron Jackson 7/29/2019 JAJ48@aol.com
Let’s ask our Democrat Presidential hopefuls — Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris — what they will do about China’s harvesting of organs. These are real victims who have suffered death and mutilation for their beliefs.
Ms. Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, writes in the WSJ, “How I learned to Stop Hating Faln Gong.
A more apt title is why Ms.Lin stopped hating Falun Gong, a form of Chinese spiritual meditation exercises.
At age 13, Ms. Lin emigrated with her mother to Canada where her mother gave her a flyer uncensored information about Falun Gong. Information opened Ms. Lin’s eyes. What she learned:
Aptos Psychologist: ‘Racism!’ is all over the U.S. mainstream media. That word has become meaningless the way it’s thrown around. Look at the world and the dastardly things that governments such as China do to their citizens.
Many churches: How & why “church” with St. John’s Episcopal & others in Aptos, CA?
Come & participate re future of St. John’s on Sundays at 9:15.
Let’s have fun ….
Some reasons to “church”” 1) so women do not wear hajib — which according to the Muslim “bible” prevents rape & sexual assault. Well, you probably can wear hajib at St. John’s and other churches. What think? DrCameronjackson@gmail.com
What about that supernatural stuff? Did Jesus Christ –crucified, tortured and hung from a cross — really rise from the dead?
Or is Easter just about sharing eggs and going to the beach? Sharing time with people? Beer and bongo drums?
What’s politically correct for Aptos CA churches to talk about?
Here’s what persons heard from the pulpit attending Resurrection Catholic Community 3/31/18 and Christ Lutheran Church 4/1/18 in Aptos, CA:
A 3/31/2018 8 PM Catholic service in Aptos, CA: Two people were “first time visitors” at the Easter service at the church. The large church of 400-600 was three quarters filled. The service was a familiar one. Candles lit by a fire with procession. The Word spoken including a homily by the priest.
The priest told his Easter story of a resurrection moment. As a young priest ( he had been two years a priest) in order to meet families in the Diocese he walked about 2 hours across the Philippine Islands in 100 degree humidity. He was sent out ‘two by two’ without taking food, clothing or provisions. That was back in 2004.
It was very hot and the priest was quite tired from the two hour journey when he arrived. When he arrived he was graciously welcomed to a small home by a husband and wife in their late 70’s.
The woman welcoming him — with a hug which is rarely done in the Philippine culture (they shake hands) — and she said it was the most important moment in her life; this was the first time a priest had entered her home.
This was was a ‘resurrection’ moment for the priest. The woman’s words inspired him. He was no longer tired and exhausted. He experienced God’s love through other people. Walking two hours home afterwards he was not tired.
Take away from the sermon at Resurrection Catholic Community: When you get discouraged or depressed, think of ‘resurrection’ moments in your own life said the priest. Think of moments of great joy, peace and love that come through the connections and experiences you share with other people. You have your stories of resurrection to share.
What people heard at Christ Lutheran Church April 1, 2018 could be titled The Power of Assumptions.
You can hear the sermon via YouTube. When it’s available a link will be included to it here.
Can people make changes from the bottom up instead of top down? The sermon mentioned Rosa Parks ( 1960s black civil rights) and the Florida students ( 17 students killed by a former student) as examples of people who make change from the bottom up….
Refugee Resettlement is front and center in the Easter bulletin for Christ Lutheran April 1, 2018:
Per the bulletin, this year’s Easter offering at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos CA goes to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) which “has helped over 500,000 refugees”.
By the year 300 or so roughly a quarter of the Roman Empire became Christian.
As portrayed in the gospels, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. No one saw ‘this private act’ done by God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Later, Jesus appeared to multiple people in many situations yet those people initially did not recognize Christ. Mary Magdalene did not recognize him until he called her by name. Christ told her not to touch him as he was not yet raised. Doors and windows were locked and Christ showed up.
So what is the Easter Resurrection? Simple but not simple.
Read the gospels for yourself. Read those stories and let God speak to you directly. The Wall Street Journal article mentioned above [The Easter Effect…] is a good start for thinking about the Christian faith.
In a memo sent by the University of Minnesota earlier this month, staff was told that Santa and Christmas tree decorations were “not appropriate” for campus buildings.
In general, the following are not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year since they typically represent specific religious iconography: Santa Claus, Angels, Christmas trees, Star of Bethlehem, Dreidels, Nativity scene, bows/wrapped gifts. Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and White/Silver decoration themes (red and green are representative of the Christian tradition as blue and white/silver are for Jewish Hanukkah that is also celebrated at this time of year).
The memo asked university staffers to consider using “neutral-themed” decorations when decking out their campus space.
In a comment to Campus Reform, the University of Minnesota claims that the memo was merely advisory rather than an enforced policy…
“Melanie Larson is developing a project to provide new children’s books for prisoners and their
families at Soledad Prison. She is working with prison officials and a local high school teacher
who has been meeting with prisoners for the past four years.
“Here’s what one prisoner wrote recently:
When reading The Grapes of Wrath two years ago at Soledad Prison, one of the inmates,
referring to the Joad’s plight from the dustbowl, said, “You know, when I killed that man, I put
his entire family in an emotional desert for the rest of their lives. I can’t make up for it, but let
me at least try to make my life meaningful to others.”
“This is why we go inside the prison. Deep connection and possibility.
“Using children’s books expands this effort to include the families of prisoners.
If you’d like todonate a book or two please bring it/them to the church office and leave in the box on the
desk. Or, give Melanie a call.
“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was
in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36)
Comment: Resurrection Catholic Community, the Catholic church in Aptos, sends a bus or two down to Soledad Prison each years so that children can visit their parents. Maybe some children’s books could also be on that bus? Sharing a book is a great way for a family to relate. Licensed Psychologist Cameron Jackson PSY14762
October 14, 2017 Live Music 9:45 am to 11:45 am — pot luck sharing.
Memorial Table for those harmed in recent fires.
7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
Resurrection Catholic Community
Experience healing through prayer, song, laughter, sharing and listening.
All are Welcome!
Coming from out of town? Plan to stay in Aptos for the day. Enjoy a bit of Aptos enviorns. The entrance to Seacliff State Beach is 1/2 mile away.
SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 —
9:45 am — 11:45 am: Live Music (Secular & Sacred) in the Community Hall. Lulu Manus on guitar!
Like to participate? bring a favorite book on healing — or some reading that helps you heal. Bring an object that matters to you (a ring, bracelet, picture). Bring some food that you like to eat and some to share.
There may be discussion of some several of the healings Jesus did with women: Peter’s mother-in-law; a woman who had bled for many years; a young girl who had recently died.
Come and enjoy the music! Share food with others! Listen! Laugh! Bring a friend!
Bring your (supervised) children & grandchildren. Mini-cup cakes, warm cider & tea at 9:30 am.
Can’t come for all of it? Then come for part! Prefer to read the newspaper? Fine! Need to do your work? Then bring your laptop or smart phone as you listen to great music played by Resurrection musician Lulu Manus.
One place to go is the Aptos Farmers’ Market. Ashes to go? How about Wafers and Prayers & Jam Tarts to go at the Aptos Farmer’s Market?
How about home made cookies from St. John’s Episcopal, Resurrection Catholic , Christ Lutheran and First Baptist — made with love & sealed with a church sticker?
Why sell baked goods only at Christmas time? People want cookies all year long! People love home made pasta sauces. How about Tomato Preserves? And Church cook books? Many Aptos churches have Women’s Guilds and those organizations can talk to each other and work together.
And, how about a Prayer Station — next to the jam jars — where people can ask for prayers for someone they love and miss now serving in the military?
Why not? Don’t wait for people to come to you. Go to them. People need healing.
It’s time to go out to the people rather than hope that they — somehow — will come to your “campus’ aka “community”.
Research shows: churches that say they have a strong sense of identity and mission have a higher level of vitality.
So what’s the mission of your church? What’s the sense of identify that makes your church distinctive?
It’s time to ‘invest” connecting with people outside the church premises. Go where people actually congregate. Engage people on their turf. Where are they? At Farmers’ Markets. At the Garlic Festival and the Santa Cruz Fair.
Did you know that hospitals are doing exactly that? Because hospital In-Patient services have become so expensive, hospitals are offering all sorts of services on an Out-Patient basis.
Hospitals are investing outside their walls. They are following the patient.
See article in The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Hospitals Invest in Outside Clinics. Per that article, Peggy Seasborn, vice president of strategic growth for Dignity Health [owner of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA] said joint replacement seemed impossible a decade ago. Now Dignity Health is able to replace hips and knees outside the hospital in a limited number of cases. People are bypassing the Hospital. Since 1994 the has been an 80 percent increase in outpatient admissions whereas Inpatient admissions to Hospitals has remained flat or decreasing.
It’s time that local Aptos CA churches ‘invested’ outside their walls. Go out with a sense of Mission and Sense of Identity and engage with people. On their turf.
One near to Aptos,CA church that does ‘go out and find the patient’ is Santa Cruz Hope Church located in Soquel, CA and Scotts Valley.
If Hospitals can think ‘outside the box’ — so can Aptos churches with a strong sense of Mission and Identity.
How do people experience healing? Numerous ways: prayer, music, singing, laughter, listening, and sharing are some ways. In what new ways can your church share the Healing Love of Christ? And reach out ….
It’s time to leave those church buildings ….
written by licensed Psychologist PSY 14762 Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com