anonymous said:

I need some serious help. I am a Christian but I find myself not wanting to read the Bible and when I pray, I get extremely distracted. I spend 30 minutes 'praying' when I actually only prayed for about half the time. I want to be completely devoted to God, what am I supposed to do?

The disciples struggled with this very issue in the garden and Jesus’ exhortation to them was simple. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. What Jesus is illustrating is a constant struggle between the flesh and the Spirit that we all experience. Believe it or not, no one automatically wants to pray all of the time and for long periods of time. This only takes place after training your mind to seek His Presence. They way to do that is to utilize the willingness of the Spirit to press past the weakness of the flesh during your prayer time. Limit your distractions by praying in a room without a computer or phone. Also keep a notepad with you so that when you begin to think of things that are seemingly distractions, just write them down, Thank God for bringing them to your remembrance and continue praying. Lastly it is very effective to pray out loud when you want to limit distractions. When you are speaking out your Narrative to God, you’re more likely to be focused on what you are saying. It will be a little weird at first but the more you do it the better it will feel. 

And like I said, don’t worry. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your for not wanting to pray or read scripture. Sometimes it is a greater expression of love to persist despite not really “feeling” it. God is all the more pleased when its not as easy for you.

Be Blessed

-Eriq.

The Pope Has Declared a New Enemy: Capitalism

Pope Francis is once again shaking things up in the Catholic Church. On Tuesday, he issued his first “apostolic exhortation,” declaring a new enemy for the Catholic Church: modern capitalism. “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” he wrote. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”

He couldn’t be much clearer. The pope has taken a firm political stance against right-leaning, pro-free market economic policies, and his condemnation appears to be largely pointed at Europe and the United States.

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I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and which then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures.
—  Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
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Today is the Day Pocket Planner by Jessica Hische.

The Today is the Day pocket planner looks like those old hardcover books with gold lettered-titles.

Lettering and illustrations are byJessica Hische.

The Art Deco-inspired interior planner pages include full-page typographical illustrations of quotations by Emily Dickinson (“Forever is Composed of Nows”), Emily Bronte (“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me”), John Gardner, Anthony D’Angelo, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others.

The spine reminds you to “write every day”, and the back cover exhorts you to make it happen.

See the details of this beautiful book here: http://amzn.to/1eOKUCT

It would appear that the real power of gender typing resides less in the child than in the environments in which the child finds itself. The social environment is filled with gendered messages and gendered activities. Even if the child possesses no fixed and permanent gender role, social arrangements will continually reinforce gender differences. in a gender-neutral experiment, social requirements are removed, and so the child does not behave in accord with a gender stereotype. Perhaps it is not internalized beliefs that keep us in place as men or women, but rather our interpersonal and social environments. Because there is considerable variation in what men and women actually do, it may require the weight of social organization and constant reinforcement to maintain gender-role differences.
—  Michael Kimmel, The Gendered Society

Groot once made a “diplomatic visit” to Los Angeles and hired Molly Hayes and Klara Prast to be his guides after the latter became aware of his presence via her plant powers. Having absolutely no idea how to lead a diplomatic tour, Molly aimlessly led him around the city while Klara patiently translated Groot’s exhortations to hapless people on the street, until Groot decided to return home. For their services, Groot paid the girls with one of his sprigs, believing this to be the greatest reward that he could bestow on them. The sprig has since grown into a Mini-Groot that tries to boss them around from his flowerpot, which delights the girls because he reminds them of Xavin. Mini-Groot takes offense to be compared to “Skrull vermin”.

"He who realizes his folly is not so very foolish any more, and he who knows that he lives in delusion is no longer so very far astray. He who is profoundly misguided will not be able to shake off his blindness, and he who is profoundly foolish will never become discerning, however long he may live.

"If three men are walking together and one wanders from the path, they will still be able to reach their destination, for the foolish one is in the minority, but if two of them lose their way, they will not reach their destination because the erring ones are in the majority.

"Today, now that the whole world lives in delusion, I am unable to persuade people to take the right direction, even though I exhort them to do so. Is this not pitiful?"

— Chuang Tzu

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exhorted

bskul - [p {skul ba} encouraged, invoked, exhorted, urged * [p and [f {skul ba} encouragement, invocation, exhortation, urging [admonition, arousing, incitation, requesting, admonishment, propelled, impel, exhort, remind, request; 1) of the {yan lag bdun pa 7 fold service/ practices [IW]

bskul ba bzhin - just as exhorted [JV]

dge bskul btang ba - exhorted them to practice [RY]

dge ba la bskul ba - {chos dang dge ba la bskul ba} exhorted them all to act virtuously and to follow the Dharma [RY]

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