Faith amidst world madness!

p10406372017 has begun with many new developments. A new President for the United States, a new program plan on the job, new orders being signed by D.Trump, new daily news, new shocking observations as pertains to our own nations’s development. New, new new.

Amidst the newness, I suspect there is a level of trepidation that is plaguing various sectors of our world, and our citizenry here in Dominica. This, coupled with deep uncertainty of what this year will bring make it difficult for the average peace-loving, justice-seeking and carefree-world-citizen to relax and hope that all will fall in place for the good of the majority.

The Wall, the threat to hike taxes on Mexican imports, the disagreement about paying or not paying for that wall, the rumors of the CBI (Citizenship By Investment) program, the constant political noises blurring through cars, and homes tuned in to various radio stations and television channels here at home all cloud our focus. Continue reading

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Faith – the ammunition!

Faith and hope!

Faith and hope!

The old 2014 is closing, giving us two more days to consider what we will plan for 2015.  The reality is that the world continues business as usual.  Certainly, once 12:00am occurs on Thursday, the wicked regimes of the world will still be planning mayhem, conspiring their next torturous acts, the Western world will continue its celebrations, Christians in some parts of the world will still be suffering great persecutions, the girls of Nigeria will still be hurting from the loss of their education, innocence, pride, and familial safety, and world leaders will probably all be seeking new ideas for their nation states.  Man this world is so chaotic, it is with great apprehension many humans are looking toward 2015. Continue reading

40 Lessons I learned during this Lenten Season

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On my way to work in March 2013. Breath-taking!

What is a learned-lesson if not shared?  Life is a teacher to the attentive, a guide to the seeker, a light to the wanderer, and an artist to the gazer.  My Lenten Journey was one which required that I pay close attention to the instructions which the true source of Life, who is Life Himself was giving.   In many ways, lessons came to me, some I grasped in an instant, and others undoubtedly evaded, and or bamboozled me.
It would be remiss of me not to share 40 of these with you!  Forty, being complementary to the life-span of any Lenten Season, but certainly this does not exhaust the many simple things I am taking away from the season.   Hope you can share in them, and or share yours with me. Continue reading

I Consider Everything as Loss!

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Inspired by St. Paul’s words, in the book of Philippians chapter 3 verse 8:   “More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ” – (The New American Bible), I embrace the challenge of subtraction.

So often, we seek constant additions, as much as a number of us hate mathematics.  WE seek to add to our finances, using the expression of “the more the merrier.”  Many seek to add to their family through procreation as is commanded by God’s words, and certainly there is nothing wrong with that once it is done in the proper relationship or sacrament of marriage.
Today, our generation constantly seeks to increase the many contact lists on Facebook and other social media, almost seeking a sense of popularity.  As if numbers, additions and multiplications are supposed to be the strength of our existence – one might think we are saying that, without having a lot, we have nothing.   Continue reading

It’s entirely up to me…

It is entirely up to me to:
# Stay above the water from the raging seas
# Continue writing what is on my heart
# Try to remain positive about life
# Make the hard decisions when necessary
# Let go of the things that have hurt me in the past
# Read the scriptures like I should with more meaning, taking time to ponder, reflect and meditate Continue reading

There is a reason!


There’s a reason, they say, there is a reason.
There is a reason for Everything they say!
For the sun, the rain, for every season
They say there is a reason for life’s way!

Well how I wish I could see it vividly
Protruding from every aspect of my life
How I wish reason could marry reality,
After all, life’s unfolding needs a wife. Continue reading

JOURNEY into the UNKNOWN

For an entire week, I thought, prayed, cried sometimes, and just couldn’t bring myself to write anything down.  As to the reasons?  There must be some, but at this moment I think they are too numerous to mention.  So, to sum them all up, I will say that I have had a hard week. Whoever said that because it is Lent, things will flow smoothly?

To sit in the unknown is like jumping off a boat in the middle of no where unable to swim for the life of you.  One thing  that stands is “HOPE.”  The hope that someone will see you, hear your fading voice, and find you.  Your hope is that someone will pick you up.  The unknown happens for all of us at different points in our lives.  Today, I need a voice so badly, I need an arrow, a road map, an answer, I need direction.  Interestingly, today’s http://www.bustedhalo.com’s prompt is for me to “pray for discernment.”  Well, I thought that was what I was praying for all along?  It seems like I should be praying some more?

As a new graduate with a few months to “SEEK,” Continue reading

Attitudes & Others – both matter

It’s Tuesday, and somehow it was a busy but good one. The weather here didn’t seem too encouraging in the earlier part of the day, but I told myself it is still a lovely day. Later on, while running one of my required errands, I was elated to see the sun rays peeking through the building. That lifted an already positive mood and spirit, and I was thrilled to walk outside. The sun seemed to have been out in all of its glory.
My meditation was about living for the benefit of others, sort of forgetting myself, needs and desires and focus on that of others. Though at some points my own concerns hit me, I didn’t dwell on them. Yay to that!!! It always seems better to help others, and to make them happy in any case. Continue reading

Whatsoever you do to the least of them….

So many things happened today, but I choose to focus on the lovely little couple whom I met. The sweet little lady celebrated her 91st Birthday, and her dear devoted husband was at her side all day. Their conversations are amazing, their exchange of whit and humor is beyond their age. I mean, there is clearly devotion, love, and honor radiating from this couple. Their family (son and family) love them dearly and ensured that her birthday was observed in a humble but loving manner.

What I took from that beauty is the Love of God. Continue reading

Thoughts & Temptation!

Before I can give this blog post a title, I realize I should try to capture what my day was all about. Somehow, I spent most of the day listening, reading, and meditating, rather than doing any major hands-on work. Afterall its Sunday, and I particularly enjoy just having a light one when ever that day comes around. You can call me a traditionalist. Sunday is just the kind of day that requires that I stop, if not fully halt, that I slow down, relax, rest, and just as folk would say, “let my hair down.” — Maybe I actually did that much today too. lol

Ok, so a lot of what I listened to was the voice and teachings / preaching of Bishop T.D.Jakes. Continue reading

Art & reading

So today, I spent a chunk of my time working on a project, and the other part reading, and still there is so much more to be read. Have you ever tried reading three, and or four books at the same time? I know it seems silly, but I seem to get-by doing this. So, reading is going to be a major feature in my Lenten walk this year. It is a necessity really, that is why.

Anyway, the creative me was revisited last-evening to today, and so I really took pride in working on this little project of mine. I would prefer not saying too much about it at this time, for the sake of not ruining its purpose. 🙂 What I will say though, is that taking time for anything artistic, creative or self-challenging brings with it a great feeling of achievement and self-pleasure. Continue reading

Day #3 — Obedience

Today, I tried pondering on obedience to God particularly through an avenue of releasing what is needed to be set free. Today’s readings according to the church reminded me strongly that what God wants of me to stop pointing fingers, to rid myself of every quarrel and to quit speaking any form of wickedness. Honestly, when I introspect I really do feel like I am far from heaven, being my own worst critic and then of course often I have been angry. Today, I desire to obey God by seeking to let go of things, thoughts, behaviors, mindsets and attitudes which are of a negative nature.
I seek to release myself through obedience to God to relieve myself from self-un-forgiveness. Continue reading

Day 2 – Humility

The first stage of contemplation, dear brothers [and sisters], is constantly to consider what God wants, what is pleasing to him, and what is acceptable in his eyes. We all offend in many things; our strengths cannot match the rectitude of God’s will, being neither one with it nor wholly in accord with it; let us then humble ourselves under the powerful hand of the most high God and be concerned to show ourselves unworthy before His merciful gaze, saying: Heal me, Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved. And again, Lord, have mercy on me; heal my soul because I have sinned against you.”
— St Bernard

Today, I choose to meditate on the above quote of St. Bernard. Continue reading