One Conversation

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And one night he had a dream, where he was talking to a woman he had never met before. She had been so wounded in life, so torn to pieces, that she lived in a dark place. Was it a cave? Perhaps she lived in fear, and would not come out of her house.

He could see her face, and they were talking about food. He noticed that all of her food came from cans. So he mentioned about food that was healthy, but not in a preachy way. He saw her, as equal to himself.

More importantly he told her she was valuable, that her life did matter. He began to inspire her with things she could really do, and that life held possibilities. Hopefully she felt that someone cared about her.

In the dream he realized, that this is how you do damage, to the realm of darkness

simply one conversation, at a time.

And now he hopes, and prays, he will meet her someday.

         

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Caring About Others

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From the book, The Way of Serenity:

“When we are suffering, it’s very hard to see beyond our pain to the world around us. It is precisely this “getting beyond ourselves,” however, that offers us the opportunity to begin to heal the wounds in our own soul. When we remain aware that everyone around us has some pain to undergo………..we grow in our communion with them, and our own sorrow becomes a vehicle for understanding theirs. This is the sense of the beautiful virtue of compassion, a word that comes from the Latin words for “suffering with” someone else. To feel compassion is to appropriate to ourselves the sorrow of others, to enter into their world and participate in it.”

      I love this book. Have a great day everyone!

         

Quote from: The Way of Serenity,  by Father Jonathan Morris, 

Harper One Publishers

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Life Changing Compassion

from malaysia chronicle

A true story from Malaysia illustrates just how amazing compassion can be.

A man was caught stealing food in a store, and at the time he had his small son with him. Rather than pressing charges against the man, the store manager listened to the man’s story.

The man’s wife had gone into a coma, and he recently quit his job, in order to take care of their 3 children. He needed food for his children. What would you have done?

Rather than press charges against the man, the store manager gave the man money out of his own pocket, and offered him………a job! I’m not sure how it will all work out, but this man and his family had their lives changed forever!

So how will you show compassion today?

      

Writing © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from malaysia-chronicle.com via google

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Love Does That

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A poem by Meister Eckhart

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes

with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries

about things that bother only

burros.

  And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting

than physical labor.

    Once in a while a kind monk comes

to her stable and brings

a pear, but more

than that,

    he looks into the burro’s eyes, and touches her ears

  and for a few seconds the burro is free

and even seems to laugh,

   because love does

that.

   Love frees.

        

Poetry by Meister Eckhart (German monk) 1260-1328

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Answers

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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy

         

As we search desperately for answers

our country drifts further from the blue

and into the black, listening to actors

playing a game, tomfoolery

is he too far to the left, is she right?

who will be left, when it’s all said and done?

put away the guns and care about people – first

and foremost

and if we do it right

we can still pay the bills.

But people are always more important

always.

       

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Shoreline

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When the elderly lose their shoreline, their safe place,

their searchlight goes missing, the sense of who

they are, and they know we don’t care.

Looking into the wrong mirror they get lost, eating dog food

to stay alive, deciding if they should pay the electric bill

or buy medicine. Being positive becomes a luxury for the rich,

they shake and worry, losing more light but most

don’t need salvation, they just need a good meal

a hand in friendship, to be one

so they can rebuild

their shoreline,

their place of safety

and rediscover

who they are.

       

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Abandoning Our Eagles

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As I looked out over the tree tops

I could see the nests were empty

those huge nests built like a fortress,

the sky was also blank, we had discarded

our eagles once again.

Not the symbols of war, made of plastic

but the spirit of strength from nature

giving us courage in the battle

giving us the hope that we can soar,

opening our eyes to see who we are

connected, to our mother

and to each other, never truly lost

but simply forgetting our wings,

and that loving our neighbor

is a choice.

        

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Wind and the Friar – Conclusion

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On the way back down the hill, Friar Thomas vowed he would never have hatred in his heart again. He knew much of it had been due to fear. He and his mother had been poor, and suffered terribly. He suspected (though his mother had never said) that she always had men by her side, in order to help pay the bills. So in a way, hating the poor was due to hating what he himself had gone through.

Later that same day he saw the old man Sam Jenkins, begging for loose change, near the Post Office. All Friar Thomas had at the time, was a bologna sandwich in his pocket, but he made the effort to talk to Sam. He asked Sam how his leg was (Sam had just had an amputation a month ago). To be honest Sam was surprised that the Friar had even spoken to him. Sam said, “Somethin is different about you Friar!” Friar Thomas just smiled, and pulled out the sandwich.

Friar Thomas started the Abbey on a new program, to help those that were hungry. Every day the Friar went through the village feeding people, and many of them were war veterans. Soon the Director of the Abbey got behind the project, and a fund raising campaign was started. They opened a center, complete with a kitchen, next to the hardware store, where anyone could get a good meal.

Before they knew it men were beginning to sleep there. The place became so popular, funds started pouring in, and they opened another center just for women. Many were widows, and victims of domestic violence. Women from the community worked hard at making the place clean, and safe. And with strict instructions from Friar Thomas, they refused to judge the people that came there.

Friar Thomas did not say anything to anyone, about the voice in the wind. He didn’t need to.

It was the community that decided the names for the centers. For the men it became the “House of Hope”, and the center for women became known as the “House of Safety”.

        

Peace to everyone.

        

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

The Wind and the Friar

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It was just after World War II, in the foothills of Yorkshire, that there was a Friar by the name of Thomas. On this morning, Friar Thomas went into the hills above the Abbey like he normally did, to pray. It was a cold, blustery, fall day, so he did have his winter coat on, but there was something else in the air too. It was unusual……almost like electricity.

He sat on the wooden bench, like he normally did, but the wind only increased so he decided to make his prayers short, and hoped he would be forgiven. Was that singing he heard? It was distant……but it was there for sure.

Suddenly a small whirlwind began in front of him, which became larger, and then larger still, as the wind intensified, into almost a roar. His heart beat wildly, and he was about to run back down the hill, when he heard a voice calling his name, “Friar Thomas………Friar Thomas……..” It was the voice of a woman, a confident woman, was that a face he was seeing? “I’m here”, he said.

The strangest thing was, that the wind was still roaring, but he could not here it now, he could only hear the voice of the woman. Was it the Virgin? He could not tell. She spoke again, “Friar Thomas….. why do you hate the poor?” He stumbled over his words, “I don’t….. hate anyone, I’m a Friar!” But the voice in the wind said once again, “Friar Thomas……why do you hate the poor?” He hesitated, “Well…..I try……it’s true I’m not as compassionate as I should be……” The voice in the wind said for the third time now, “Friar Thomas…….why do you hate the poor?”

He was undone. It was true, he despised people that had nothing. He closed his eyes now, realizing he had been carrying a horrible pride and hatred around for years. He sank to his knees, and wept for the first time in a long time. He opened his eyes, was about to say something…. but the whirlwind was gone.

     

To be continued.

        

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Science Fiction

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When the gorillas take over, or aliens from space,

we will all know why,

not because of our nuclear weapons,

but because we let people starve,

and care more about money, than we do

about health care, even a gorilla,

has more compassion, and the aliens,

just shake their heads.

More fact than fiction.

        

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”