Love, Hope, Faith

Love is the most important ingredient in my own Abundant Living. The journey begins here. It begins with cherishing what we have, however little it may be, however much we have lost.

It begins with noticing the tiniest little things, loving as we are able, and being thankful.

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
– Meister Eckhart

We are love, and we are made for love,
and our natural abiding place is love
.
” – Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

“We were born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more.” – Joseph Cafasso

Hope

“The chief thing is to take the burden on one’s shoulders. As you press forward, it soon shakes down and the load is evenly distributed.” – John Bosco

“The acceptance of necessary suffering is a key to sanity and serenity. what does this mean for you at this time in your life?” – A Daily Spiritual Seed (online devotional)

Faith

How do you see “faith?”

How do you define it?

How do you feel about it?

Do you:

– want it?

– have it?

– dislike the word for some reason? If so, why?

What is the role of faith in Abundant Living After Catastrophe?

“Thus says the LORD:
See! I will restore the tents of Jacob, his dwellings I will pity;
City shall be rebuilt upon hill, and palace restored as it was.
From them will resound songs of praise, the laughter of happy men.
I will make them not few, but many; they will not be tiny, for I will glorify them.
His sons shall be as of old, his assembly before me shall stand firm…
You shall be my people,
and I will be your God.” – Jeremiah 30

What does “prayer” mean? Is it words? Is it thoughts? Is it silence? Is it action? Asking for help? Gratitude? Praise?

“I have stopped praying for people so much. I try to pray about them instead. It is more all-embracing as a means of prayer. It seems that you and I together, Jesus, simply look with love on those we love. It is as though we answer people’s prayers together. I can see now that the more detached I become, the more you will be able to use me to help answer prayers. It is a lovely way to be used and I feel honored. It is a way of becoming a prayer.”  – Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels –

“We must pray literally without ceasing – without ceasing; in every occurrence and employment of our lives…I mean that prayer of the heart which is independent of place or situation, or which is, rather, a habit of lifting up the heart to God, as in a constant communication with Him.”
– Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton –

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