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A Thought for the Day from my Journal.

I have been meditating on the following thought from Henri Nouwen alongside the passage in Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 7. 21 – 23a. 21 

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you;”

I believe that too much of my religious life has been spent doing! I have covered myself with mighty works, praying, prophecying, delivering, healing…all in the name of Jesus! There is nothing wrong in any of these things, as long a they are not just coverings that stop me from being found naked before my God! I wonder if too often as Christians we can get so caught up in this ‘doing’ that we lose being found by God! We hide ourselves in these ‘doings’ hoping God won’t see how naked we really are! Those words from Jesus are the most earthshaking for me… “I never knew you.”  There is no denying that these folk prophesised and cast out demons in His name…Jesus doesn’t dispute this! The problem is that he never knew them…even with all these spiritual gifts. Maybe we should acknowledge that we are the lost sheep and that the Good Shepherd is searching for us! The incarnation tells us that God is seeking us, as we are lost and His desire is to bring us home to the wedding feast! The Lord desires to know us and that will necessitate us being found in all our nakedness!

BM

God Longs to Bring Me Home!

For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.

Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not “How am I to find God?” but “How am I to let myself be found by him?” The question is not “How am I to know God?” but “How am I to let myself be known by God?” And, finally, the question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.

Henri Nouwen.

January 18, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Christians Concern about Christian Concern

I received this pamphlet (see picture below) today, along with a letter asking for money, for the organization known as ‘Christian Concern’. The pamphlet has five stories about individuals, who Christian Concern is helping through the judicial system as they see them as being discriminated against for their beliefs.

So what are their beliefs? One of the stories tells of a woman who is unhappy that the Local/District Council who were going to fund a ‘Pride March’. The second story tells of a woman who had expressed her concerns about the ‘No Outsider’ programme being taught in the C of E school as this includes relationship and sex education, which includes homosexual relationships. Another story in the pamphlet tells of a guy who was against the adoption of children by same sex couples. All three protested they were Christians and so were expressing Christian concern! They all got themselves into trouble as they were seen to be in breach of their employers and governments equality laws by showing bigotry and prejudice. The three claim that they were pursuing biblical standards! Christian Concern has taken up their cases in the courts.

I am concerned that the LGBTQ community is being abused and attacked by these so called Christians. The bible bashers who would justify their bigotry, hate and exclusion, truly sicken me! I have listened to the idea that there is a Gay Agenda…and I can say that there is indeed a gay agenda! It is one that seeks to ensure that all within the LGBTQ community can live safely secure and enjoy all that those heteronormative people enjoy. The right to live free from fear. The right to marriage. The right to be parents and adopt. The LGBTQ people want justice and I as a Christian am fully supportive of this agenda! But there is a more insidious and perverse ‘Christian Agenda’ that is destructive! It claims to be right…it claims to be the voice of God…it claims that anyone who is not in line with their thinking is outside and lost…or worse, damned to hell! These so called Christians, exclude good people, fanning the flames of hatred and bigotry, causing young men and women to be thrown out of homes, schools, workplaces all because they are gay. This Christian Agenda’ is satanic! It wants your money to feed its lust for control under the guise of biblical standards and justice!

If you are a Christian…then you should reflect the Christ you follow. Christmas is a time to remember the birth of Jesus and he went about healing people, restoring people, picking up the fallen, giving life, setting captives free, feeding the hungry, giving sight to the blind, choosing a motley crew to spend time with…he never spoke a harsh word to the down trodden…but had some super sharp words for the religious bible bashers! So who do you reflect…which Christ do you follow? If you are a Christian you should be concerned…but avoid ‘Christian Concern’ as it is has its own agenda!

Br. Michael

December 20, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Live Loved!

“In times of darkness, love sees….

In times of silence, love hears …..

In times of doubt, love hopes …

In times of sorrow, love heals …..

And in all times, love remembers.

May time soften the pain

Until all that remains

Is the warmth of the memories

And the love.”

Live loved!

Br. Michael.

December 20, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Journey Continues….

In 2009 I was on my journey out of the toxic religious bubble I had lived in for over half a century! The dam had broken and the river of life was flowing! The stagnant waters of years past were slowly being washed away! I was beginning to glimpse the beauty that saves the world and the call to follow was resounding in my spirit! My spiritual eyes were seeing more and more, but it would take another eight years of wrestling to learn how to start nestling! I’m still learning to nestle and not wrestle! It’s not as easy to do as it is to say, but I believe it is truly worth finding that nestling place within, where the kingdom of God truly dwells, as it transcends our hectic and driven lives!

Here is a poem from my journal 11 years ago.

I was blind but now I see..
The colour, the hue, the vista
The raindrop
The snowflake
The leaf, the bud
The Water dancing in cascades of light

I was blind.. but now I see.
For He opened my heart
and removed the veil
which had darkened my view
and bent the light in me.

I was blind.. but now I see.
His eyes in mine
look out and search within,
his eyes of flaming fire
they burn within my soul
searing my blindness with his love.

I was blind.. but now I see..
Each persons beauty and my own – transformed,
as a rose opening its petals
to the eye of the sun
revealing in itself the treasury
of its creator.

I was blind but now I see..
Beauty out of ashes formed.
delicately enticing my eye
to behold his gaze
which like a sun’s ray rests on me.

My eye is but a window
to the treasure-house within
wherein all sight is
enraptured in love,
for Christ now lives in me!

I was blind but now…I see.

Michael Daly
June 2009

December 20, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Light and Darkness

Yesterday a young man Roman Bonderenko, was buried in Belarus. He was murdered by the regime of Alexander Lukashenka and his crime was to ask why people were cutting the white and red ribbons in the square outside the apartments he was living in. The thugs of Lukashenka beat him and took him away. He was later admitted to hospital unconscious with severe head injuries and never regained consciousness. Lukashenka said he was drunk but the hospital found no alcohol in his blood. The doctor who reported this fact has now been arrested and charged with disclosing “medical secrets”! The journalist who published the truth was also arrested and charged!

We live in a world where Good People around the globe, in far too many oppressive countries, are murdered, tortured, beaten, raped, maimed, incarcerated…just because they want freedom and to live free from fear. The good people of Belarus have a rightful President in Svetlana Tikhanovskaya! They have peacefully protested on the streets and in Universities, hospitals and work places and because of this they have then been subjected to mindless thuggery from the regime, under the control of Lukashenka. The malignant narcissist Alexander Lukashenka is a usurper and an evil tyrant. Lukashenka has surrounded himself with similar vile creatures who have no care for humanity and are sadists and/or are power hungry sycophants! Any of the Police or OMON or those within the military forces who have a conscience are quickly removed and subjected to the tyrannical system.

This is 2020 and what has history taught us? It seems very little!

Even in the free world, we are seeing the degeneration of democracy. The USA is a perfect example where truth and freedom are being eroded because of a power hungry president. It is truly sad and sickening! If left unchallenged this cancer will envelope the free world!

Silence is not an option! As Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Silence in the face of evil is in itself evil. And as Bishop Desmond Tutu rightly said, If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

My prayer at this time as I light a candle, is that the Good People in Belarus and in all places subjected to whatever tyranny there is, will continue to stay strong and not lose hope!

Br. Michael

November 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Blood Cries Out From The Ground….

I am watching on my TV today Sunday the 15th November the horror of the the new gestapo/SS of the malignant narcissist Alexander Lukashenka. It is almost unbelievable that there is in Easter Europe a fascist regime that is so reminiscent of the Nazi plague, that it should sicken us all who remember the cost to humanity in removing Hitler and his minions! The land of Belarus has been drenched in the blood of the good people who seek only to live free. Men, women and children have been detained, tortured, beaten, maimed, murdered, excluded from universities, expelled from work, hospital, and robbed of their money and property. This is no fanciful tale but a dire reality that must be eradicated.

Parents have lost their children, children their parents. Why? Because the malignant narcissist Lukashenka is a dictator and allows his vile sadistic thugs to do his will and torture and subjugate the good people of Belarus. This evil must be stopped by whatever means is necessary to bring freedom and peace to the land and to the good people!

Please do not read this and do nothing! Please do not remain silent! Dietrich Bonhoeffer was right when he wrote that, ‘Silence in the face of evil is in itself evil’. If you live in the free world, organize events, write to your officials in government. Post information on social media. Write about this in your blogs. Get the media to highlight it!

Silence in not an option!

Br. Michael Daly, CJ.

15/11/2020

Police officers detain protesters during a rally against the removal of opposition candidates from the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Election authorities in Belarus on Tuesday barred two main rivals of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko from running in this summer’s presidential election. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

November 15, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Free World For Free Belarus

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World For Free Belarus is a global initiative of volunteers from many countries designed to support Belarusians in their peaceful fight for freedom from violent totalitarian regime. Plant and factory workers , students, doctors, journalists, athletes, and all other professionals who express their solidarity, women, retirees, people with disabilities, neighborhoods, schools and simply people of Belarus – Free World is with you! Live Long Belarus! The HD version can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/7fGaoBGs82o

November 5, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Malignant Narcissist Alexander Lukashenko

The good Belarus people are being subjected to the violence of the venimous Lukashenko regime. Good peaceful demonstrators have been detained unlawfully, beaten, raped, tortured, maimed and killed by the thugs of Lukashenko!

This malignant narcissist Lukashenko after rigging the recent elections to have himself elected president again…has the audacity to inaugurate himself in a private gathering of sycophantic minions who care nothing about the good people on the streets demonstrating peacefully against the dictator and his rigged election. His Gestapo/SS type thugs continue to violently beat, rape, torture, maim and kill the good Belarusian people and the world is relatively silent still!

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said when speaking out against the tyranny of the Nazi regime, “Silence in the face of evil is in itself evil!”

Why is the world so silent? Why is this matter not on the front pages of the media here in the UK…why isn’t it daily on the tv news broadcasts?

Politics!

People mean nothing! We claim to be the great defenders of democracy and human rights but we really are just shadows dancing in the shadows!

I wish to God that we had some real politicians who stood up and spoke out against all tyranny and abuses happening in the world today. Here in Europe some are trying to speak up and have said that they do not recognize the malignant narcissist, Lukashenko, as the president of Belarus. But we need more voices and brave people to make a stand, to speak out, to use their internet, and their voices to stand with the abused and to aid the bringing down of the tyrannical regimes that have dogged our history and lives for far too long.

Long live a free Belarus and may the good people there soon be freed from the clutches of the malignant narcissist and blood lusting leech, Alexander Lukashenko!

September 24, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Belarusian Horror!

Watching the news coming out of Belarus makes me want to cry and scream at the same time! The cockroach Lukashenko and his Gestapo type minions are brutalizing’s the Belarusian people, especially the young students in universities and colleges!

I am amazed at the fortitude, determination, tenacity and resilience of the young people who have been raped, beaten, tortured, maimed and killed by the thuggery of the tyrannical regime!

I am appalled by the silence of my government and the governments of the free world, over this abuse of humanity! I am appalled by how little air time is given to this tyranny, by the News Services in the West! I am saddened by the lack of voices heard in Churches around the world speaking out clearly in regard to this. But…I am not surprised! The western world and the Church has become prosperous, fat and useless! It prefers to sit silently in the hope that the disturbance will eventually go away and so not disturb their peaceful slumbering!

It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, ” Silence in the face of evil is evil itself”.

I hope that all who have a voice, small or large, will speak out against all tyranny in all its forms!

September 8, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

All you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord.

Here is my favourite Canticle taken from
Daniel 3:57-88,56
(You sadly won’t find it in most Protestant bibles😢)

This version is taken from my Office of Daily Prayer!

Br. Michael.

The three sang with one voice in the heart of the fire: Blessed be God, alleluia.

O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, angels of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, the heavens of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.
And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord.
And you, the stars of the heavens, O bless the Lord.
And you, showers and rain, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, all you breezes and winds, O bless the Lord.
And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.
And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord.
And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.
And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord.
And you, darkness and light, O bless the Lord.
And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O let the earth bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord.
And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.
And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord.
And you, creatures of the sea, O bless the Lord.
And you, every bird in the sky, O bless the Lord.
And you, wild beasts and tame, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, children of men, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

O Israel, bless the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, priests of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, servants of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

And you, spirits and souls of the just, O bless the Lord.
And you, holy and humble of heart, O bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Mizael, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.

Let us praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit:
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

May you be blessed, O Lord, in the heavens:
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.

The three sang with one voice in the heart of the fire: Blessed be God, alleluia.

August 4, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment