A Brief Reflection on What it Means to Be a Healing Presence
Friday, April 11, 2014 7:00 AM
Let us reflect on what it means to be a “healing presence.”
It is a call …
- To listen more than we speak
- To remain calm even when others are in chaos
- To stay clear and focused even when no clear direction is apparent
- To value people who are suffering, rather than trying to have all of the answers
- To let go of the temptation to show only the clinical and professional side and hold back the personal and human side of caring
Healing presence is not about doing something, it is about being present.
Source: Reflection on Doctor’s Day, The Catholic Health Association of the United States, www.chausa.org/prayers/prayer-library/general-prayers-and-prayer-services/healing-and-health/prayers-for-health-care-workers/reflection-on-doctors'-day-march-30
Friday, March 28, 2014 12:00 AM
We live in a time when:
Hell is no longer hot,
Sin is no longer wrong,
Justice no longer matters,
The poor are ignored … and blamed,
And the cross is no longer central.
Friday, March 21, 2014 2:22 PM
“The true goal of spirituality – and religion when properly understood – is to become aware of and attentive to the inward presence of Jesus, the Spirit dwelling in us. That is why spirituality must first go inward. Yet true spirituality cannot simply stay there. A life animated by the Spirit, that is ‘in Christ,’ issues forth in a life pleasing to God, a life that is modeled after Jesus. Jesus is the ideal embodiment of what Paul is talking about: bodily life that is ‘in the Spirit.’”
Adapted from: The Christian Century, James Sledge, April 6, 2011
Friday, February 21, 2014 11:54 AM
Own table …
And its own
Friday, February 07, 2014 12:00 AM
- God is felt and encountered in tangible ways that address the longings and cries of the heart.
- We come to the end of our own finite resources and experience the infinite resources of God.
- The natural gives way to the supernatural.
- Seeds of faith are planted, watered, and nurtured.
- Gentleness and respect are present, judgment is absent, and divine dialogue flows naturally because trust has been established.
- The invisible principles of God’s kingdom are made visible in ways people can see, touch, and feel.
- Friends of sinners – in other words, our friends – dwell.
- The topic of God can be explored freely without agendas, biases, and personal convictions getting in the way.
- Cynics, skeptics, scoffers, and spiritually curious people alike can raise their questions, share their doubts, voice their concerns, and even vent their anger toward God and the church.
- The “unworthy” feel safe enough to bring their real selves out into the light, and to journey, one step at a time, toward the magnetic pull they sense deep in their souls.
- Spiritual curiosity is aroused, and the message of Christianity becomes plausible.
Taken from: Doug Pollock’s article in REV! Magazine (Sept/Oct 2009)