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
What are Catholic parish priests saying from pulpit? The following sermon was preached 9/1/2018 by Fr. Larry at Resurrection Catholic in Aptos, CA. Elaborating on the Lutheran theologian Kierkegard — “It is I to whom the Word speaks.” published by Cameron Jackson, licensed CA psychologist
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.
What to do? Change Safeway hours of operation to 6 AM – midnight. Safeway in Redding CA reduced hours and saw crime go down. Most crimes occur after midnight at the Redding Safeway store.
And move the booze back near the milk and eggs. That will reduce petty theft of alcohol. Make it as time consuming to get alcohol as getting milk and eggs.
The Safeway store in Aptos, CA places alcohol front and center near the entrance to the Safeway store. Talk to the managers. Ask Safeway to move the alcohol to the back wall across from the milk.
Aptos Psychologist: The local paper is filled with simple ways how to eat more vegetables at breakfast. How about simple ways to reduce crime — like move the booze to the far end of the Safeway store in Aptos? Close Safeway stores after midnight?
An advocate for persons seeking asylum from Central America, attorney John W. Allured (CA bar license #84770) spoke on Immigration and the Law at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA supports the AMMPARO program. The church currently provides housing and other support for a family from El Salvador. The church may assist persons seeking refugee status via advocacy in the legal process as Guardian Angels.
AMMPARO was envisioned to accompany children today and in the future who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Some of attorney John Allured’s remarks and some questions that were asked:
“Most persons seeking asylum from the Triangle countries (San Salvador, Guatamala & Honduras) seek asylum due to “gang violence”.
Answer: “There are no mandatory bars to establishing a credible fear or persecution or torture. However, there are mandatory bars to asylum or withholding of removal. Th e asylum officer does not make a final decision whether you are subject to a mandatory bar to asylum or withholding of removal.Jul 15, 2015
If “credible fear” is found the case moves forward to “removal status”, the juvenille is then “placed” and the case goes before a judge.
“In 2016, 50% of mothers with children lacked counsel; of these, 90% were removed.
“The chances of defeating removal increased 5 times when migrant had counsel. So says Attorney Allured.
“How does ‘gang violence” fit into all this? If only “gang violence” you have to do your homework to establish that your case fits within one of five categories.
“Asylum is discretionary. You must show “good character” via employment, church membership, credible witnesses and that you are a deserving person.
There are two Hearings — The first one which is on the Master Calendar is open to the public.
Asylum applicants have no “right” to due process. San Francisco judges (the one he observed) bend over backwards so applicants can establish their case. In San Francisco (his experience),c ases are typically continued 5-6 times before moving on to”removal” status. Which judge hears the case — in what part of the US — matters significantly.
Church congregations can serve as “guardian angels”. There’s nothing to fear. It’s an informal process. Judges do not wear robes. The federal rules of evidence serve as a guide.
Questions asked during and after Mr. Allured’s presentation at Christ Lutheran church in Aptos, CA included:
What about economics? If a woman’s kids are starving is that a reason to establish asylum? Answer: No. You have to establish more than economic hardship. You have to show harm, that you were threatened, a family member killed.
What about domestic violence? Terrorizing woman is very frightening one attendee asked. Answer: There are avenues for women …
There are reports that persons who enter illegally do not show up for their first court appearance. Know anything about that? Attorney Allurd replied that he did not know about no shows for court appearances. [One report states that 135,000 go missing and do not show up.]
After the presentation persons attending were encouraged to meet each other.
Take Away message: Per this presentation, you better get an attorney if you are from Central America seeking asylum. Persons seeking asylum in the U.S. have no legal right to representation.
Concerning gang violence, Monterey County (Salinas, CA is the county seat) is ranked as the youth homicide capital of California for four out of the past five years. Gang violence is continually in the news. California has its own gang related problems.
People are not fleeing California for Central America because of ‘gang violence’. That there is economic opportunity, freedom and rule by law here in the U.S. draws people here. Legally and illegally. People who come need to follow the U.S.A. immigration laws that are in place.
written by Cameron Jackson email@example.com
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.
All are Welcome! Come & Participate! On Saturday — only — a $30 donation (breakfast & lunch included) is suggested. Donate as you are able.
Friday, Oct. 13: 4 p.m. Hospitality & Registration in the Community Hall: Rest & Relax time; bring & enjoy Food to Share; Soaking Prayer background music. Dinner with other attendees — if you want — at Severino’s restaurant next door. Warm foods available to share in Community Hall. Rev. Hugh Bromiley speaks on Inner Healing in the church — roughly around 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14: — 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Pancake & Sausage breakfast hosted by Boy Scouts #609 in Hall. Soaking Prayer background music in the church. Some community singing groups may participate either Friday or Saturday — which groups may participate is still in process.
Saturday 12:00 Lunch Break: pre-made lunches (3 choices) available in Community Hall, or bring your own or enjoy food from near by eateries. Background music. Enjoy getting acquainted with others!
Rev. Hugh Bromily speaks on Inner Healing — Sat. around 9:30 a.m & around 1:30 p.m Program closes at 4:00 pm.
The Rev. Hugh Bromiley, North American Director of Order of St. Luke