Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Vengeance
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase
Develop an understanding heart that knows the power of forgiveness
Nehemiah, Chapter 7, Verse 2
Over Jerusalem I placed Hanani, my brother, and Hananiah, the commander of the citadel, who was more trustworthy and GOD-FEARING than most.
If you want the job done right always select a God-fearing person for the job. So, we begin with the gift of fear of the Lord. This gift enables a person “to avoid sin and attachment to created things out of reverence and love of God.” Primarily, this gift entails a profound respect for the majesty of God who is the supreme being. Here, a person realizes his “creatureliness” and dependency upon God, has a true “poverty of spirit,” and never would want to be separated from God, who is love. As such, this gift arouses in the soul a vibrant sense of adoration and reverence for God and a sense of horror and sorrow for sin. This gift of fear of the Lord is sometimes misunderstood because of the word “fear.” “Fear of the Lord” is not a servile fear whereby a person serves God simply because he fears punishment, whether some sort of temporal punishment in this life or the eternal punishment of hell. A genuine relationship with God is based on love, not fear.
Every moment of every day is an opportunity for blessing. Each encounter wherever it occurs is an opportunity for grace. You and I are meant to be channels, instruments through which the blessings of God pour out into the lives of others. Yet so often we let fear get in the way, we prevent those blessings from ever occurring for the tiniest of fears. I think of so many occasions on which I wanted to reach out and embrace someone, but out of fear of how they would react, I didn’t. I marvel at the myriad instances in which I had felt an urge to bless somebody or to pray over them, yet out of fear for what they might think, I held back. I am realizing today that this fear, this tiny fear, has held back so many blessings, has kept me from being the vessel of God’s grace that I know He created me to be.
to Tradition, when St. Veronica saw Jesus fall beneath the weight of the cross
He carried to his pending crucifixion, she was so moved with pity she pushed
through the crowd past the Roman Soldiers to reach Jesus. She used her veil to
wipe the blood and sweat from His face. The soldiers forced her away from Jesus
even as He peered at her with gratitude. She bundled her veil and did not look
at it again until she returned home. When she finally unfolded the
veil--history does not clarify exactly what kind of material the veil was made
from--it was imprinted with an image of Christ's face.
” In character, in manner, in
style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We live in a complicated world; with taxes and devices and every imaginable complication the world can provide. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just take some time to keep things simple? To winnow life down to the bare essentials and hold onto it like the precious thing it is? Simplicity Day encourages you to do just that, to let go of all of life’s complications and live a day… simple. Simplicity Day was born out of a need to be free from the complications of the world and to allow ourselves to just be simple. Celebrate life through simplicity by turning off your devices, getting rid of complicated things and just let life be about living for a day. One of the great conundrums of the modern world is that the more opportunities and options you have the less happy you’re going to be. Some of the happiest people in the world have been determined to be those who live in uncivilized areas concerning themselves only with what they’re going to eat that day and where a good place to sleep is. We can learn much from them, though few of us would want to go to such extremes. However, we can all benefit from just cutting out the things that make our lives difficult. Simplicity Day is about getting rid of these complications and culling from your life what doesn’t bring you joy.
How to Celebrate Simplicity Day
· Step away from the computer and find a sunny nook with a cup of tea and a book to pass the time.
· Walk in the forests or through fields and just feel the sun on your skin and the sounds of birds and insects. These moments will be the ones that can truly set you free. During these long moments take the time to relax and consider how you want to proceed in your life.
· What can you cut out that buries you under complications that bring no benefits? Are there people or things you can remove that will make your life a little happier each day by the removal of these complications?
· These questions can lead you to a simpler, happier life. Wouldn’t it be nice to have peace of mind? Simplicity Day can lead the way.
· Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels
· Monday: Litany of Humility