Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Community , A Common Union

To live a Christ centered life is to live in communion with Him. Communion, to share in common, to offer Him all, to feel Him within.....

I am up a little earlier than usual this morning. Sitting on the front porch with rosary beads in hand I can hear the birds speak to one another, softly at first, but their cheerful melody increases as their small community begins to grow a little larger.

Community…My small neighborhood community is starting to stir. Lights are coming on, garage doors are opening and engines are warming up. Their day is beginning too, though their melody is not nearly as sweet as the birds.

I start to say my rosary, as I do every morning and the Lord whispers softly in my ear, “Pray for your community today, for those that live nearby and for others that make up your community”

It is now the second joyful mystery, “The Visitation”. The charity and love of Mary prompts her to visit her cousin Elizabeth who lives about five days away. Though it is a laborious journey, Mary is joyful for she bears with her the Incarnate Word. The whisper of the Lord takes on another meaning now; I begin to understand what He is telling me.

Community… I need to start reaching out to my neighbor as Mary did, through prayer and deeds. The busier my life gets (or should I say, the busier I let my life get) the less I notice my neighbor. Forgive me O Lord , I acknowledge my selfishness and want no further part of it. Please take it from me.

I remember what I have read earlier this morning ; it is God’s will that we bring Jesus into the life of other people once He has entered into our life, to bring him into other people’s joys and sorrows, into other people’s darknesses and bitterness 1

Community…Give me such love for you, O Lord, and for all men, as will blot out all hatred and bitterness.” 2 Help me strengthen my communtiy by sharing your love and by noticing the needs of my neighbor.

1 Pray with the Heart, Medugorje Manual of Prayer, Fr. Slavko Barbaric, O.F.M.

2 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wrote these words while in a Nazi concentration camp.


  1. Cool, DG, it worked! Wow, that was quick! I
    have to work on the template, add welcoming words, and gadgets but I'm so glad you posted already. Thank you! Victor is going to work on a badge and I'll send out more invites once this site is set up properly. God bless and great post :)

  2. DG,
    Beautiful reflection. I read some words by Elisabeth Leseur this morning where she says that we should never reject anyone who seeks to approach us spiritually because this person could be in search either consciously or unconsciously, of the "unknown God". I was reminded of those words as I read the last part of your reflection~ that it is God's will that we bring Jesus to other people.
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful thoughts and God bless.

  3. Thank you Karinann,I will remember Elisabeth Leseur's words and take them to heart...

    God bless

  4. May the Good Lord bless this new Community and help it grow in His direction.

    God bless.

  5. I am thinking that God has blessed us with electronic media so that we can find each other and make virtual communities like this one to spread His love.

    I have thought a lot lately that I'd like to be a missionary, but to do so physically is impossible. Through efforts like this we can be virtual missionaries. Just think, each of us was born specifically in this age and given a task unique to ourselves, but we do it in connection with others united in the common purpose of bringing others to God. When I think of this I am in awe.