Sunday May 5: Agape Friendship

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  • Sunday May 5: Agape Friendship
    • Posted by pbegeman on May 3, 2024 at 6:03 pm #144261

      To Practice

      – Reflect on the readings and meditations in the manner of Lectio Divina and notice what the Spirit reveals to you about your relationship with God and/or your human relationships.

      – Give thanks to the Heart of hearts for the friendships you have developed through the process of Centering Prayer.  Consider the qualities of God’s friendship that you rely on and treasure in your heart.

      You may read the full email reflection here: https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/2024-word-of-the-week-may5

       

    • Posted by linda rhead on May 10, 2024 at 6:32 pm #144459

      My attention was caught by the question “What opened their [the disciples’] hearts to his [Jesus’] friendship?” I found my answer in Keating’s quote from “Open Mind, Open Heart”. “This Presence is healing, strengthening, refreshing…non-judgmental, self-giving, seeking no reward, boundless in compassion.” For me to be this type of agape friend means I have to stay connected to Presence daily and practice these disciplines to the best of my ability. <3 linda

    • Posted by Adeline Behm on May 11, 2024 at 7:52 pm #144471

      Transformation happens in relationship – relationship to God, to one’s embodied self, to creation and to the family of God. That includes those that delight us and those that irritate us – who literally rub against our acquired programs for happiness.

      Dreams have a way of pointing me in the direction of healing. We began a discernment September 2022 and we will be able to put a period and begin a new era In the first months of discernment, one person rubbed me the wrong way and discontinued being part of the discernment. She turns up in my  remembered dream. She makes a big bunch of my hair over my head and cuts my hair under her hand. Wow! no one has ever cut my hair like that before and its turned out rather different but okay.  My spirit is totally at peace during this dream time. In Jungian language cutting hair signifies creating order in one’s life. That it is this specific person signifies  letting go of not liking myself, the persona I have created for myself. This is one of the most profound discernments I have ever been part off.

      Interestingly what you shared Linda, finds a deep place within me .

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