Noel

Love incarnate, Love divine
Star and Angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a child is born
He shall reign forevermore

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love
The light of the world
Given for us
Noel

Son of God and Son of Man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love
The light of the world
Given for us
Noel

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love
The light of the world
Given for us
Noel

Art

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

Art allows people to express outwardly what they are experiencing inwardly. In this way it not only gives them a healthy way of expressing their emotions, but it also enriches the lives of those around them who experience their art. Artists help us to see the truth that lies beyond our limited views of the universe. Their honest portrayal of reality forces people to let go of their preconceptions about the world and attempt to see the world through the soul of another.

“Mended”

Matthew West’s song “Mended” presents an alternative perspective to the way survivors of abuse often see themselves. The song was inspired by a woman who experienced abuse throughout her entire life. Matthew West points out that although this woman may see herself as too shattered to have any hope for wholeness, God does not see her that way. Where she may see her woundedness, God sees how He is going to heal her. Where she believes that she emotionally and physically “broken beyond repair,” God sees “healing beyond belief.” This type of hope and healing is supernatural and is a sign of God’s (almost) unbelievable love for every human, no matter how broken he or she may be. The Seraphim Project believes that there is hope for survivors of abuse. It is our goal to guide survivors of sexual abuse toward pathways and support communities in which they can experience true healing, such as “Grief to Grace” and “I Am.”

“Mended” by Matthew West:

A prayer from a person abused by a representative of God

Dear Hidden God,

I have been wounded in the sacred place of my soul, where you alone are meant to appear. And those that have wounded me seemed to bear your face. But I cannot settle for this. There must be more to you.

Therefore, I am reaching out my arms so that I can feel your presence when you draw near. I am looking for your face, even when I have to hide mine. I am searching for your embrace when I am frightened. And I am longing to hear your voice when I am wrapped in silence.

Although I do not know you as I should, I believe that you will somehow reveal to me your true self. The unexplainable hope that I possess testifies to this, so I await your coming with joy.

Amen.

Source: www.healedbytruth.com

 

 

Poverty

“When I pick up a hungry person from the street, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread.  But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society – that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome.”

– Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

Forgiveness

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Wisdom for a young person

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, To have a deep soul relationship with another, To be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But to a Christian, God says, “No, not until you are satisfied, Fulfilled and content with being loved by Me alone, With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me. With having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone. Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship, That I have planned for you. You will never be united to another Until you are united with Me. Exclusive of anyone or anything else. Exclusive of any other desires or longings. I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow Me to give you The most thrilling plan existing . . . one you cannot imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you. You just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things. Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am. Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you. Just wait, that’s all. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry Don’t look around at things others have gotten Or that I have given them Don’t look around at the things you think you want, Just keep looking off and away up to Me, Or you’ll miss what I want to show you. And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love Far more wonderful than you could dream of. You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready, I am working even at this moment To have both of you ready at the same time. Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me And the life I prepared for you, You won’t be able to experience the love that exemplified your relationship with Me. And this is perfect love. And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love, I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me. And to enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty, perfection and love that I offer you with Myself. Know that I love you utterly. I AM God. Believe it and be satisfied.”

-attributed to St. Anthony of Padua

“Seraphic love signifies intense love”

“While all good angels love God exceedingly, the love of the Seraphim is said to be beyond compare. They are called “the princes of pure love,” according to the great St. Denis (d. 258), who mentions eight properties of this love that are represented by fire. Among these properties is that “seraphic love signifies intense love, which is ever burning and consuming.” He mentions that fire is in constant motion, just as the Seraphim are incessantly intent on God alone. Since fire is intensely hot, the love of the Seraphim is a burning love. Fire never loses its light, just as seraphic love abides in its fullness. “Fire not only penetrates what is combustible, but permeates throughout; and seraphic love plunges, loses and engulfs itself in the abyss of the Divinity by a glorious transformation. Fire communicates warmth and purifies; the Seraphim carry love and light into all the choirs of the other angels.”

Angels and Devils, Joan Carroll Cruz, pg. 98

What is a Seraphim?

“The Seraphim, strangely enough, are known to have six pairs of wings, as mentioned in Scripture. We first learn of this choir and its description in the book of Isaias: ‘In the year that king Ozias died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and elevated: and his train filled the temple. Upon it stood the seraphims: the one had six wings and the other had six wings: with two they covered his face, and with with two they covered his feet, and with two they flew. And they cried one to another, and said: Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory.’ (Is. 6:1-3)”

Angels and Devils, Joan Carroll Cruz, pg. 97

Becoming whole

“It is only as you become whole,

As you accept your own brokenness and misery

And as you let the healing power and mercy of Jesus,

Our Savior,

Descend upon you

And rise within you,

That you will become a source of unity for others.

It is only if you discover your thirst

And drink of Jesus,

That you can flow over into others,

Giving peace.”

-Jean Vanier, pg. 135 The Broken Body