“NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET”

Beloved,

I think I have Spring fever.  It is so nice and sunny outside that I sat at my window and watched the birds eat from the ground some seed that they would not eat from the feeder.  The store had some bird food on sale and on a whim, I bought some even though it was a different brand and from a different store.  I put it in my feeders but the birds would not eat it.  It sat there for three days so I finally threw it on the ground in a clove of trees where it has sat for a week and a half.  I had not noticed any birds there but I really had not spent any time looking there until this morning.  The blue jays really like it as well as some other birds.  Did it have to ripen? To my human mind, it would have been better and fresher right from the bag but that is my human mind. I am pleased that the birds are enjoying it but confused at the same time.  I know turkeys like the corn and that is why I threw it there but no turkeys showed up.

The mallard ducks, all 16 of them, are so enjoying the water after such a freezing winter.  It is so great to watch them as they chase each other around and while they are finally able to bathe in the water and flipping all of it through their feathers. They are so happy that they can be free of the constriction of earth life.  We did not have much snow but it was cold enough for the lake to freeze over even if it did not freeze enough for the ice fishermen, they only got to out on it twice this winter. The patterns that the ice makes as it melts constantly change.  We do not have any floating ice yet but it is coming.  Right now, the ducks enjoy following the paths of flowing water through the ice.

AS I listened to Lee Harris this morning, I gave myself permission to just lounge around and enjoy what this beautiful morning had to show me.  Try it, you will like it.(even if I feel a little lazy).

https://spiritlibrary.com/videos/lee-harris/you-are-needed-you-are-enough

There is more good news about our oceans and the waters on Earth.  The fish are back which is a fantastic sign that Earth is recovering (albeit, slowly) from the ignorance of humanity.

Did you watch the impeachment trial?  I did not because of all of the negativity surrounding everyone.  I did not get to hear the prayer that was invoked before the trial and I am so grateful that Patricia Diane Cota Robles has given me another opportunity to hear it.  It is magnificent without taking sides.  Join with me and add your loving energy to create a HUGE ball of Love Energy to our country and to our Earth.  It does not matter when you listen to this, you will be added to all those who Love this planet and her people.

https://spiritlibrary.com/videos/patricia-diane-cota-robles/invoking-love-to-govern-this-planet-vlog-153

This is such an incredible example of “never the twain shall meet”.  Two different beings helping each other whereas it was never thought to be possible. If this is possible between two different species, there is hope for our one species, humans.

Love and Light

Mary Grace
https://www.thewoundedchalice.com

HAVE FAITH IN MOTHER NATURE

Beloved,

Humanity never ceases to amaze me and today really surprised me. I know our weather is unpredictable sometimes but this takes the cake.  I am looking forward to 60 degrees tomorrow as a little taste of Spring to come and today the ice and snow are melting in the streets and on the lake. Guess what I saw when I opened my drapes to the lake.  Yep, you guessed it.  Ice fishermen. I think they want at least one time on the ice before it melts back into a lake.  I know they have bore drills to see how much it is frozen but seeing them seems so out of context to the weather. At the end of November I had to be plowed out three times because of the snow so I was really dreading winter.  Yet, Mother Nature has given us snow that I love.  It snows at night, you get up in the morning and the snow starts to melt and is gone off your driveway and sidewalk in the wink of an eye. If that is how winter is, I won’t complain. No plows or shovels are necessary and yet we get the beautiful view of the snow on the trees and the grass.

Nature is so beautiful and so powerful.  Have you wanted to help those in Australia?  Here is a chance to hold hands with a huge group right from where you are. Please join in the prayerful energy that we are sending to Australia, its people, its animals and everyone affected by this.

https://spiritlibrary.com/videos/steve-rother/global-focus-australia

Here is proof that there is still hope and Mother Nature cannot be stopped in her tracks. Keep encouraging her with your loving energy.

Today begins the eclipse and very powerful energy that you can use for yourself and the planet. Interested in knowing how?

https://spiritlibrary.com/kari-samuels/mother-of-all-eclipses-are-you-ready

Do you know anyone who suffers from dyslexia?  Please pass them this promising creation that will assist them in their disability.

The end of the eclipse series.  How appropriate with the eclipse being today.  Patricia Diane Cota Robles gives us info that will raise our spirits and our hope. Watch out world, here we come.

Love and Light

Mary Grace
https://www.thewoundedchalice.com

WHAT IS NEXT FOR US?

Beloved,

I had one theme I had wanted to present to you today but after reading several other articles, it changed.  It is a New Year after all so we are all entitled to new thoughts and ideas and also new practices. The first one is a daily meditation I receive (you can too) from a famous Franciscan priest. Fr. Richard Rohr https://cac.org.   To me, it is such an example of what we all wish our world to be that it felt very important to share with you.

A School for Love
Friday, January 3, 2020

Today, friend and CAC faculty member Brian McLaren continues describing the three shifts Christianity needs to make in order to be true to the vision and mission of Jesus the Christ. Yesterday Brian explained the importance of becoming (1) “decentralized and diverse.” Today, he describes the need to be (2) “radically collaborative” and to (3) “love as Jesus taught and embodied.” Rather than a top-heavy institution concerned about in-house salvation, the Christianity of the future will place love of God, neighbor, self, and all creation at the center. Brian writes:

The diverse and decentralized movement we need will be radically collaborative, working with, across, and, when necessary, outside of and in spite of existing institutions to seek the common good. It will not be anti-institutional because institutions are necessary for human survival, but neither will it be institutional, in the sense that it is preoccupied with its own survival or bringing benefits only to its members. Rather, it will be trans-institutional, working across institutions, both religious and non-religious, seeking the common good of those inside and outside the movement and the institutions it involves. . . .

The . . . most important aspect of this [new] form of Christianity in the future is simple, obvious, and yet radical: it is about love, as Jesus taught and embodied [emphasis mine—RR]. . . .

The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that Jesus was about love first and foremost, in word and deed. Jesus began with love for God, but inseparably linked that love with love for neighbor [1], with the understanding that neighbor includes the other, the outsider, the outcast, the last, the least, the lost, the disgraced, the dispossessed, and the enemy. This love for neighbor was, in turn, inextricably related to an appropriate love for self. In fact, to love neighbor as oneself leads to the realization that oneself and one’s neighbor are actually distinct yet inseparable realities. In today’s world, we must add that, for Jesus, God’s love extends to the wildflower, the meadow grass, the sparrow, and the raven. He saw all of God’s creatures as part of one heavenly realm, as did dear St. Francis, and as do more and more of us.

When I think of this [new] kind of Christianity of the future, then, I think of a movement of revolutionary love. I see it as distinctively Christian, but not in any exclusive way, because if we truly see love as Jesus’ point and passion, then the depth of our devotion to Christ will always lead us to love our Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Indigenous, nonreligious, agnostic, atheist, and other neighbors as ourselves. . . .

In this desirable future, every willing Christian congregation makes every competing interest subsidiary to love, which is the fruit of all contemplation and the goal of all action. If we embody this [emergent] form of Christianity, . . .  if we become the seeds of a movement of contemplative activism in the Spirit of Christ, I can imagine hundreds of thousands of congregations, . . . each a locally and globally engaged school of love, teaching future generations to discover, practice, and live in love: love for our neighbor, love for ourselves, love for all creatures and all creation—all comprising love for God, who is all in all in all.

Things that make you smile is such a great way to begin this New Year of Newsletters.  I hope you enjoy them and allow yourself to smile. It was almost like de ja vue when all 3 of these reflected what Fr. Rohr has just finished sharing with me.

ONE             TWO         THREE

Now on to the Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs of 2019 so you can see how far we have come and look forward to what 2020 will bring us.

AND

The Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs Unveiled in 2019.  I can’t wait to see what humanity will discover in the next months.  We are on our way, baby. It’s happening and a new earth is here.

Love and Light

Mary Grace
https://www.thewoundedchalice.com