Religion & Faith


Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God , you take away the sins of the word, Grant us peace.

 

A few notes about the Church that I have pulled out of this full length episode from Catholicism: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church – Episode 6

The Church is:
Christ’s mystical body – a Living breathing organism not a club from the Greek – Ekklesia
Ekklesia – Jesus calls us out from the world and into a community of love and purposeful mission – life of Christ!
1) One – unified under one Lord God,
2) Holy – bearer of grace and forgiveness of God – through broken vessels; people 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
3) Catholic – universal,according to the whole, means by which God gathers the whole world to Himself
4) Apostolic – rooted in the apostles – who were formed and shaped by Jesus Christ and sent forth to be missionaries

No matter what we think about religion, Christianity, the Church or church itself – we must remember the ONE – the Holy one, who founded it, called the disciples (and us) out from the world and into His Holy church community to preach love and salvation and the means by which it has been sustained through the ages.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit may the mission of the Church continue.
Thank you Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

 

In His Love and Spirit,
Shariorng

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!

PSALM 36:7-10

Happy, Happy, Blessed Valentine’s Day,

Shariorng

“…the LORD is faithful to all HIS Words [promises] and loving toward all He has made [gracious in all his deeds]. ” Psalm 145:13

Shariprpl

seek… look, find, in search of, quest, search by questioning, obtain, try or attempt, to go to, to ask for, request, explore…
…God, truth, mystery, faith.
As 2014, has rolled away to the yesterday of my focus on belonging – Where to I belong? Who do I belong to? Do I belong? – it has evolved into the hunger for deeper truths, binding truths and roots of faith. In a world so upside down, disjointed and marginalized – unity is lacking, even among the faithful of God’s people. Even as my “restless” soul tried to nestle into the Lord – I felt a void – a sense of completion, certitude, assurance was still evading me. There was more that I wasn’t seeing…I needed to seek…the Lord.

But if from [there] you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

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Though I had been through an amazing year of true joys, true sorrows and true redemption, I was so confused. I was anything but certain that I had found my place. No, the Lord had more in store for me – seek. Why? I have everything. I am so comfortable. I have a good thing going on. People need me. No seek. What? Seek what? Seek more…

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his presence always.
1 Chronicles 16:10-11

seek-godMore. Of God…I was already overwhelmed and had a lot going on. But seek more of God. Ok. So digging deep into the roots of who God created me to be and deep into the knowledge and truth of who God is…I will seek…

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:10
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt. 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-10
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. “For in him we live and move and have our being.” As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:26-28
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

…I am not just seeking verses that contain the word “seek”…it is all a matter of faith, belief and mystery. I am seeking God’s truth, God’s plan…because all other “truths” and “plans” have failed me. It has caused hurt and schisms and led to restlessness and ingratitude. This year, this day, this moment in the wake of God’s revealing purposes – one joy at a time and one gift at a time – it is time to take a perspective shift. As His purposes are being revealed, coupled with seeing God’s gifts being used – I will SEEK, praise, trust and give thanksEucharisteo. (One Thousand Gifts, 2008)
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Seek ye first the kingdom or God and His righteousness, and all [your needs] shall be given to you…Matthew 6:33

Happy Blessed New Year,
Shariprpl

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