Celebrations are good for the soul

2/3rds of a century has taught me to Celebrate Family, Friends, Faith

Kool and the Gang   calls us to celebrate

 

Celebrate good times,come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)

There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now

Celebration
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It’s time to come together
It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure

Everyone around the world
Come on!

Yahoo! It’s a celebration
Yahoo!

Celebrate good times, come on!
It’s a celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate

We’re gonna have a good time tonight
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right
We’re gonna have a good time tonight
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right

Baby…

We’re gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion)
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right
We’re gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion)
Let’s celebrate, it’s all right

Yahoo!
Yahoo!

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on!
It’s a celebration!
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s celebrate)

(ad lib)

Come on and celebrate, good times, tonight (Celebrate good times, come on!)
‘Cause everything’s gonna be all right
Let’s celebrate (Celebrate good times, come on)
(Let’s celebrate)…

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/c/coolandtheganglyrics/celebrategoodtimeslyrics.html

Recalibrating, rejuvenating, recycling the Gospel of the first Century

"to the uttermost parts of the earth = Globilization of the Gospel

Presenting the Gospel as Jesus presented it to the early believers and the church at pentecost:  6 characteristics identified

#1     No Organized church structure to join but a Movement of God and the HolySpirit generated by people who were blessed by their personal encounter with God  (God’s Love Covenant Based )

#2     All people regardless of anything about them, were welcomed because it was about God’s Love for them  (God’s Extravagant Welcome) nothing else

#3     A Triune Passion for Worship of God, Care for one another (they had all things in common) and an evangelistic heart for the Whole World:  

#4      The Gospel was more than about communion with God and one another and concern for the World.  It was about “Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace” so nurturing the bonds of peace (no one wants their way over another persons way – everyone wants to know God’s way -)  and acting as one (as the realization for the prayer of Jesus that they be one was his prayer not his desire – when we are splintered he grieves when we are one we all will have won!

#5      The Egos that need to be inflated by their achievements and the  egos that are so deflated by their failures meet for healing and “Self surrendered renewal at he same cross of Calvary.  Golgotha a place of the grave and darkness is also the place of new discovery renewal and resiliency

#6       The way of Jesus was not an ecclesiastical, church, of religious way but a way of non-sectarian faith that could move mountains (remove obstacles) and envision thousands of people embracing and expressing the way of peace in their mind and love in their heart.  The followers of Jesus in the new testament were simply people of “The Way” 

The Pope on Climate Change and Changing the Ethos of Eco-Justice

We can do it

Climate Change issue a Call to the Globalization of the Gospel to the Global Village

 

 

Globalization of the Gospel Jesus is the Way to Peace and Love, and the Way of Peace and love is the Way of Jesus regardless of anything. The evangelization for the World is not getting people of all nations to believe in Jesus in a particular way but in a particular way believing in Jesus. Christianity in the 1st century, was not a particular set of religious positions, dogmas, or doctrines but a way of being in internal peace and external peace with all peoples, to be in a state of self compassion and to extend that same compassion to all people regardless of anything. Calling people to Jesus (and defining that Jesus by a statement of faith that is what you are to believe is contrary to the “way” Jesus presented the Gospel in words an in life.

Imagine if we had a rally of people from all various religious, ethnic, racial, social groups and invited people to receive Jesus by affirming that they would surrender all there false religious teachings as sin, all behavior that is egocentric, and self serving and embrace the “way” of receiving inner peace and the call to outward loving. That conversion experience would not be to a particular church but to a way of love and peace that closely resembles the “Way” in which the early church walked.

 

The Pope recently presented a encyclical re: calling the church universal and people at large to take climate change seriously, to unite around caring better for earth, sky, sea, and all creation. Maybe he has in mind a “Globalization of the Gospel to All People” regardless of any particular theology. What a revolutionary idea. We would mot need to obliterate all the different religious groupings who are not in themselves wrong in anyway except in that they present themselves as better than others, or exclusive rather than inclusive, and as personal rather than political.

 

In the encyclical the Pope says: “Humans ruined the earth, but sin ruined humans. The violence in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evidenced in our soil, the water, in the air and in all forms of life”. He challenges us to first see it as real then “do something”. In a novel way he is saying “If you see something Do something, say something. He also wants us all on the same page.

Our current St Francis quoted St Francis of Assisi: “Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs,”

 

As Benedict wrote in his 2009 encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, “It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral—and not simply economic—act.” So think before you buy. Pray before you consume. Meditate before you jump to a conclusion.

 

“Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate,” Francis writes. “At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of ‘reproductive health.’” (Popes Moral Case for Taking on Climate Change)

 

 

This is al very important for the future generations and for those of us who now show those future generations that we did not sit back and do nothing when we saw the effects of a “greedy treatment of the planet and of each other. This morning I was out for a walk and went by literally ten cars in various places all of which were running including a police car. I wondered if I went up to each of them and asked them to turn the car off as they were contaminating the air (I and others including themselves were breathing). What do you think their response to me would be? Do you think it would be, “Oh why thank you I get it I was just being insensitively selfish not think about the earth, the people of the earth the animal life or plant life, it was just about convenience and honestly just lazy. I will be better next time.” Or you come up with alternative responses:

 

I applaud St. Francis, stepping out and up but we all must join him. That does not mean we all have to become catholic. What if we all, whatever our church’s statement of faith might be added a final line that went like this:

 

“We believe that what we believe is our distinct right to believe it, but we do not claim that we are right and everyone else wrong so we will not let what we believe separate us from or elevate us above others who believe we are to live in peace an love with all neighbors.”

 

I do not like that he declares that some thins are un-forgivable and other things are just plain wrong

 

Imagine what we could do id we united as One for the cause of saving our planet, caring for all the green space, blue space and white space of earth and thereby returning balance to God’s creation as it was in the beginning and now and ever shall be World without End. Amen.

 

And the world without end is the world of Peace (inner and outer) and the Love for self and all our neighbors (near and far).

Self Compassion another piece of the puzzle

Balance of care for self and others is important

Dr.Krisitn Neff, wrote a book in 2011 entitled “Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself”.  She is a professor at the University of Texas, Austin who I met and dialogues with in Boston.

I realized recently that a part of the story of how I got into such a depressed state is that upon teh death of my brother, I was cut off from working through some issues so went into isolation and in isolation became very harsh, judgmental toward those parts in me that had been wounded, traumatized and now were silenced.  In this very unstable place a friend who I asked if she had anything she would say to me after at first saying know she called me back and said I do, “Be Gentle” she said.  I did not realize it at the time but I had a part hat had been so gentle and compassionate toward others but that part would not be gentle, kind, or compassionate toward me.  In reality it was a part that was compassionate, ignoring that the Self was the true compassionate energy in me and that The Self Compassion that Kristin spoke of is to engineered compassion but the energy of the Compassion in the Universe of Cosmic Energy.

In short I had been Compassionate to others but did not feel i deserved the same compassion.

Compassion Fatigue is when we in being so compassionate toward others and their parts that we find we have little Self Compassion for our own parts.  My work over the past months is to offer all my parts: injured, traumatized, fearful, false, etc parts the same compassion that all people want and need to free themselves up of fear, of shame, of blame, of depression, of hypomania, of anything that distorts or distends compassion to others without teaching the rigor of Self Compassion as the balancing beam of all human experience.

Thank you Kristin for the refreshing concept of Self Compassion in balance with the compassion for all.  Reminds me of Jesus teaching we are to love ourselves with self compassion then from the wealth of that compassion we can offer compassion to a world that is full of injured parts that fear they are unloveable, undeserving and or behave in ways that trigger self deprecation, un-lovableness.

We are loved.