I thought Our Lady of Medjugorje's Message to Marija, May 25, 2015 would resonate with most of you. I found it strengthening.
"Dear children! Also today I am with you and with joy I call all of you: pray and believe in the power of prayer. Open your hearts, little children, so that God may fill you with His love and you will be a joy to others. Your witness will be powerful and everything you do will be interwoven with God's tenderness. I am with you and I pray for you and your conversion until you put God in the first place. Thank you for having responded to my call."
a. All signatories hereby agree to all of the provisions below individually and in conjunction with the other provisions.
a. This contract shall be effective as of ____________ ____, 2015.
b. This contract and all provisions therein will be valid and binding on all signatories.
a. This contract will be amendable at any time.
b. Amendments must be put into writing and agreed upon unanimously by all signatories.
a. Disputes shall heretofore be defined as any disagreement or misunderstanding relating to the language of the contract, the language of the CHECKLIST, or any disagreement or misunderstanding with another signatory which arises in out of this contract.
b. All disputes arising from this contract or any provision of this contract must be raised by a signatory in a reasonable and expedient manner.
c. Failure by a signatory to raise a dispute regarding the contract reasonably and foreseeably will result in a waiver of that dispute, unless all parties unanimously agree otherwise.
d. All disputes will be brought to the attention of every signatory, and can be resolved only by the unanimous agreement of every signatory.
e. If a unanimous agreement as to a dispute cannot be reached, the contract will remain unchanged.
a. A CHECKLIST containing a list of all the chores and those parties that shall be responsible for the completion of each chore will be drafted and agreed upon unanimously by all signatories.
b. An initial draft of the CHECKLIST will be written by ________(The Father) within a reasonable time after the signing of this contract.
i. The initial draft must be sent to and approved by every signatory to this contract, within a reasonable time.
ii. Any misunderstandings or ambiguities regarding the initial draft must be timely raised prior to approval.
iii. Once approved unanimously by all signatories, the initial draft will become the CHECKLIST.
c. The CHECKLIST will be a binding agreement on all the signatories to this contract.
d. Any latently discovered misunderstandings or ambiguities as to the CHECKLIST will be subject to the DISPUTES process above.
a. There will be an attempt to implement FUN and ENJOYMENT into all chores which are done in a group.
b. Neither FUN nor ENJOYMENT will have any strict definition or requirements, but the manner of FUN and ENJOYMENT will be agreed upon by the signatories who wish to have FUN or ENJOYMENT that working on the group chore at the time.
c. Any signatory working with a group on a chore in which FUN or ENJOYMENT has been implemented will not be required to take part in aforementioned FUN or take any aforementioned ENJOYMENT from the chore.
i. No pressure shall be placed to have FUN or ENJOYMENT on those signatories not taking part in FUN or ENJOYMENT by any other signatory.
ii. Any signatory choosing not to have FUN or ENJOYMENT can withdraw from the aforementioned FUN at any time, and can cease taking ENJOYMENT from the chore at any time.
d. Refusal to take part in the aforementioned FUN or ENJOYMENT will not be used against a signatory in any other way related to this contract or the CHECKLIST.
b. The specifications and requirements of TABLE CLEANING will be agreed upon within a reasonable time of the signing of this contract.
i. The specifications and requirements of TABLE CLEANING must be unanimously approved to by all parties.
ii. Once approved, the specifications and requirements of TABLE CLEANING will be binding on all signatories.
a. 10 year old daughter Martina’s laundry will be washed and dried every _____________, by either her father or herself
b. ZACHARY CONLEY’s laundry will be washed and dried every ______________, by ZACHARY CONLEY.
c. MAXIMILLIAN CONLEY’s laundry will be washed and dried every ______________, by MAXIMILLIAN CONLEY.
d. All laundry done by any signatory shall be started prior to __:_____ PM on the day stipulated above, by the signatory stated above.
e. Failure by a signatory to do laundry on the day given above does not give the signatory a right to do laundry at a different day or time without the unanimous approval of all parties.
a. The signing of this contract will create a binding and enforceable agreement between you and all other signatories.
SIGNATURE of Father: __________________________________________ DATE: ________________
SIGNATURE of Mother: __________________________________________ DATE: ________________
SIGNATURE: __________________________________________ DATE: ________________
SIGNATURE: __________________________________________ DATE: ________________
SIGNATURE: __________________________________________ DATE: ________________ Martina
On the Feast of St. Philip, on Universalis, which has an old translation of the English, I found this lovely wording of the prayer for liturgy of the hours: “let the Holy Spirit inflame us with that fire with which, in so admirable a way, he took possession of Saint Philip’s heart.”
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Jesus warned you about hoarding; about a false sense of security for those who take no risks. Because He was the “Way, the Truth and the Life” He asked his children, his followers, to risk even death on a cross for a heaven they could not see.
In spite of the evidence of the miracles, many followers, even the closest, chose flight over the risk of crucifixion. Can you blame them?
At certain moment in each of your lives you come to a crossroads where the price of faith seems too great; everything to gain by being a spectator instead of a player…or so it can seem.
How often Jesus chided the people for their lack of faith. This would be cruel unless He, Himself, had given them the evidence to make the leap. Hands are dragging you back to the safety of skepticism? Whose hands are waving to you from a better place on high?
(I thought of St. Paul – first totally skeptical to the point of persecuting and arranging for the death of Christians, but then converted by a vision only he saw.)
At race or a performance, you train and train and train and then it is upon you and you have to let go of everything else and rush into the act.
We want you now to be decisively focused, not on a physical feat but for loving response. That is what poverty of spirit is about. Only when you are empty of your self-protective calculations can we fill you with our energies of love.
But it is not as if you were a mere instrument or machine. It is precisely through your natural, freely responding personality that We want to work.
- Think of a mother singing to her babe.
- Think of a carpenter smoothing a piece of word.
- Think of St. Peter looking at the fish in the net and envisaging them as the men Jesus told him he would catch for the kingdom.
-Think of the people you call holy.
Don’t you feel in them this readiness to respond? Yet they are not tense, just truly present and in their eyes you see their love.
It is all right if these words make you feel inadequate. That should lead you the more to welcome Us in prayer.
Watching and Waiting
Holy Spirit:In the light you see beautiful qualities in each other. These you want to embrace that you might have them always with you.
Shortly afterwards the shadows fall over the image and you see only what is dark, closed in, finally a mere outline. From this vision, dismayed, you recoil; reject.
How can human love be steadfast if that is the only cycle? Who can survive such scrutiny? It would seem that only inertia would keep any of you together.
Is our Christian call to love, then, no more than a pathetic fantasy?
That would be to think only the perfect is real. That is one way of transcendence; one form of “God Alone is Enough.” The disciples wanted to stay on top of the mountain with the transfigured Jesus, never to return to the city.
Another way to understand "God Alone is Enough," that We wish for you, is to cherish the sparks of the beautiful divine you see in each other and forgive the limitations and betrayals. Then, wait for your mercy for them and theirs for you to show you a redeemed goodness. That We call the coming of the kingdom, the transition. When God Alone is Enough you can love each other with tenderness instead of thirst.