Walking with Mary – Ignatian Spirituality

Two travelers are on a road in the hill country. One is Mary, who’s thinking: “I’m so excited! The Messiah is coming! I feel as if I could dance the entire trip ahead of me. I can’t wait to see Elizabeth.”

Imagine you’re the other traveler: an apprentice carpenter. You’ve been charged with an important duty: caring for your boss’s beloved. Can you keep her safe? Just look at her! She’s practically running! What’s her secret? She has one, you can tell. She was so eager to get going. Joseph said she’s going to visit a cousin, but there’s more to her story.

And this is a hot journey. Do you have enough water? You’re thirsty already.

As you watch, Mary’s mood suddenly changes. Now she is pensive, and her pace slows. What is she thinking about?

You’d be surprised if you knew! She’s thinking, “Oh, God! I’m pregnant. What will Joseph say? How will I tell him? Or will he notice my belly on my return? What have I agreed to do? Why send the Messiah as a baby? To me? How can I raise a Messiah?”

Mary asks you, “Do you ever think about the Messiah coming?”

“Sometimes,” you reply. “I wonder if he is born already.”

Mary, laughing, replies, “Oh, I’m sure he’s not!”

You’re puzzled. Why is she so sure? Now she’s skipping again. You hustle to keep up. It’s easy to see why Joseph loves her. Her light heart compliments a cheerful spirit.

Now you watch her mood change again. Her footsteps slow. She begins praying, quoting Deuteronomy 6:4–7: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.” She intones in a sing-song voice, “you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

The pleasant lilt in her voice makes the monotonous but hasty journey contagiously joyful.

“And these words,” Mary continues, “which I command to you this day, shall be in your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children.…”

Mary stops abruptly. Her eyes widen. She begins singing again. “And you shall teach them diligently to your children.” She pauses significantly. And you shall “talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”

Mary grins widely as you stare. She appears to wake as if from a dream, laughing as she notices your overprotective expression. She starts walking again.

“Everything will be fine,” Mary reassures you in a confident tone.

And she ponders again: “I’m pregnant, and bringing the Messiah on his first visit. If only this apprentice knew he was accompanying the Messiah on his first journey! He’d probably be even more nervous than I see he is already. I should stop chuckling. I can’t help it. This kind fellow has no idea that he accompanies the Son of God on his first pilgrimage.”

Mary begins almost running again, twirling like a little girl up the road.

“Oh, baby Jesus inside of me,” she thinks, “you are right here. I can’t help but dance and give praise! I will never be alone again.”

Image by Djampa under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Loretta Pehanich

Embrace the Unknown by Centering in Divine Love and Light

As humans, our tendency is to resist change and to fear the unknown.

And yet, it is within the unknown and within change that the Divine can truly reach you to bless your experience.

It is within the unknown that you become able to meet the Divine.

And through stepping outside of what you know and believe to be true, you’re able to witness, experience and expand…

Through simply being open to new perspectives.

And so a simple reminder for you today… Continue reading “Embrace the Unknown by Centering in Divine Love and Light”

Aged Care Facilities – What’s Good About Them and Why Not To Choose Them?

It is funny how our values and respect comes with an expiry dates. As long as we are capable of contributing to the society through our skills and expertise, we are all valuable members of the society.  As soon as age strikes in and we become dependent, we are thrown out to aged-care facilities. The world is selfish.  Isn’t it?

Nothing in this world can be either totally good or totally bad. Everything has its own merits and demerits and so does aged care.  If you really have to put your elderly family members to an aged-care facility, then you must consider a few things. Continue reading “Aged Care Facilities – What’s Good About Them and Why Not To Choose Them?”

Human Rights Day | Features

“Where do human rights begin? In small places, close to home: the neighborhood; the school or college; the factory, farm or office. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice; equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

This is Human Rights Day. This is a day to celebrate the adoption in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. This document has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for national and international efforts to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Continue reading “Human Rights Day | Features”

Crystal Gift Guide: Sharing the Gift of Loving Energy for the Holidays!

Each time we meet with friends and family, they share their energy with us. A mix of compassion, joy and support—there’s nothing like receiving positive energy from those we love.  Crystals are the perfect gift to give that energy back to them. Just as it’s the small moments—like a warm hug or a funny text—that remind us how much we value our relationships, small, meaningful gifts can have the biggest impact. Continue reading “Crystal Gift Guide: Sharing the Gift of Loving Energy for the Holidays!”

7 Guardian Angel Signs You Need to Know About!

7 Signs You’re Being Watched Over By A Guardian Angel

Guardian angels are real… And today, I’m going to share with you seven signs your guardian angel is with you and watching over you!

So yes, you absolutely without a doubt have a guardian angel.

Every human being who incarnates onto this planet has a being from the angelic hierarchy who steps forward to guide protect, assist and support you in your life… That being from the angelic realm who steps forward is your guardian angel.

They know everything about you, and they’ve been with you your entire life! They know your strengths, weaknesses, successes, and biggest failures. They know where you’re acting in alignment with your highest truth, and where you’ve gotten off course… And despite knowing everything about you – they still love and support you unconditionally! Continue reading “7 Guardian Angel Signs You Need to Know About!”

Crystal Bracelet Combinations: Creating the Right Energy For YOU!

Everyone is unique. When you’re looking to enhance a part of your life—like your career or health—it’s important to think about the energy that’s going to work for YOU. One of the best ways to cater to your needs is with crystal bracelet combinations.

Think of this as your own custom bracelet set. By combining different energies toward a single focus, you increase the power of your intention. You are creating the energy of your own breakthrough! What crystal bracelet combinations will you choose to enhance your energy? Start by finding a bracelet that aligns with your intention. Then think about what energy will compliment that goal. This reinforces your intention with a spectrum of beneficial energies. Continue reading “Crystal Bracelet Combinations: Creating the Right Energy For YOU!”

Rampage of Appreciation – A Simple Law of Attraction Technique That Works!

Gratitude Rampage

I’m excited to share with you a simple, yet powerful practice that’s called a rampage of appreciation. Esther Hicks who channeled Abraham first coined this term and concept years and years ago and it’s something that you’re really able to hear once and run with which is part of why it’s so powerful… because it’s simple.

The rampage of appreciation is essentially going on a rampage of expressing gratitude for anything and everything that you’re thankful for. Continue reading “Rampage of Appreciation – A Simple Law of Attraction Technique That Works!”