In a few days we are celebrating Thanksgiving; it is a wonderful day set aside to celebrate with family and friends to give thanks. I am especially thankful to live in a country where I can celebrate and proudly confess my Catholic faith. A faith that stood firm generation after generation.
I am also thankful that we can hold hands with all our neighbors, friends and all those that cross our path, Christian and non-Christian alike, where we allow each one to be free. A country where we can share the love that Christ brought into the world for all of us alike. We have to remember He died on the cross for all the world. These are hard times right now. There is so much suffering in the world right now. At times we all suffer. By embracing our suffering, God will pull us closer to Him. This will help us to pray for all. Let us all pray especially for those that need it most. Let us share the gifts that God gave us. When we pray we speak to God, when we read the scripture, God speaks to us. A Gift given to all of us, a gift we can share with all.
We are the ones to show the face of Christ to the world, and to see the face of Christ in everyone. Let each moment be a moment of thanks. I am also most thankful for each one of you.
I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving, may God’s blessing be upon you and your whole family.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth.
The heights of the hills are His also
The sea is His, for He made it.
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God.
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested me;
They tried me, though they saw my work
For forty years I was grieved with that generation.
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their heart.
And they do not know my ways.’
So I swore in my wrath’,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’ ”
Let us bow our heads in Thanksgiving to the Almighty, the “I AM WHO I AM”, “FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.”
In the quiet of my heart I heard You whisper—–Love, Peace and Joy.
John 15:16You did not choose Me, but I chose you.
Dreams and visions
Throughout my life I have had many dreams and visions where I felt the guidance of the Lord. I recorded many in my daily journal, my conversations with the Lord. God speaks to us in many ways. He also speaks to me through my paintings.
In a dream my guardian angel took my hand and led me to a small room. He bent down to pick up a stack of paper and handed it to me. This happened in 2004. Since then I have self published two books with poetry and paintings. This book is my second edition of My Walk With Christ, A Spiritual Journey, published by Tate Publishing Co.
The following are examples of many wonderful dreams and visions where the Lord taught me who He is.
He allowed me to walk on water.
He led me to a clear mountain stream and told me to drink.
He got into murky water with alligators resting in the shallow waters. I knew I could not swim and I was afraid. The Lord said “come.” He swam beside me through the water past the alligators and took me out on the other side.
I was bathed in a pool with clean water. He showed me the narrow path with His guiding light.
He walked with me into the dark tunnel and brought me out on the other end.
He taught me how to trust Him fully.
My poetry and writings invite you to “come and see” my spiritual journey, to stay a while with a journey full of God’s heartfelt love, God’s guiding hand, God’s invitation for us to trust fully and receive God’s gifts of peace and joy.
Joshua 1:9–Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Stories of angels
My book also contains stories when our Lord sent me angels when I was in desperate need of help. Angels, I did not immediately recognize until the situation had passed.
Later I realized I needed to learn to trust Him fully. Every day He is asking us, “Surrender your life to me and you will see the wonderful journey I will take you on.”
A story of prayer, companionship and healing
My husband and I spent two years in Asia. Besides many different activities I also joined a group of international ladies. With this group I went on a visit to the hospital for the poor. The head nurse, the woman in charge, took us around.
To make it short—All of a sudden there I was alone with the nurse looking at a woman on a cot, totally bare and face down. The nurse pointed out a hole in her back, large enough to put my fist in, she went on to tell me that she would never walk again. The young woman was only about 30 years of age with a husband and two young girls and very poor. She was examined and the doctors found she had absolutely no feeling from her waist down. There was nothing they could do for her.
I was overcome by a deep sadness. At that moment the world stood still for me and I heard this whisper
Answering God’s call
“Brunhilde you can help her.” I immediately answered “Yes Lord,” never questioning how. I touched her arm, said a quiet prayer and asked the nurse if I could visit her on a regular basis. She said, “Oh yes, please.” From this point on I did not see much else. My mind was racing and I prayed, and prayed more. I knew if anybody can help her it was the Lord, I knew He would. She was a Muslim woman and every time I prayed with her she assured me that “your God is my God.”
The rest you will have to read in my book. By the time I left Asia, she was able to lift herself into a wheel chair, her feelings had returned and the hole in her back was almost totally closed. She now also received physical therapy. The day I went to say good bye, she was visiting at home with her family.
Praise the Lord. If we surrender our life to the Lord He can accomplish great things through us.
We are the body of Christ. We are disciples for our Lord.
Isaiah 6:8—-I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, And who will go for us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! send me.”
We are also messengers for the Lord. By our total surrender to the Lord, He will be able to communicate to us what He wants us to do. “
My book will help you to form a closer relationship with ourLord—-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
With nothing hidden, with God’s love fully present, we have only to trust, and place our lives into His hands.
Then, when life on earth is ending, and I look back on my life well lived,
I hope I made a difference,
In people that I passed.
“Do you love Me most?” Yes Lord, I love you most.
I have been told many times that my book makes you feel the presence of the Lord. I have also been told that my book is totally uplifting, on a seemingly bad day, all you have to do is read a few pages of my book and you feel like the Lord is directly speaking to you. It is a wonderful daily reading, page by page, your time with the Lord. A book you can read over and over and feel the Lord speaking directly to you. We are all on a journey. A journey with our Lord. My book will help you say: Lord, please take my hand and lead me.
Yes, let us shout for Joy, Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. He has also sent to us, as He had promised, “The Holy Spirit.”
His disciples could barely retain this wonderful God given joy.
The tomb was empty.
Mary Magdalene saw it first and was smitten with tears, as she cried out, “Where have they laid my Lord?”
Then Jesus called her by name, “Mary.” She immediately recognized Him and answered “Raboni (Teacher).” What a joy she must have felt. Nobody could say her name with so much love expressed, by simply calling her name.
I can imagine her joy as she ran and told the other disciples and also Mary, His mother.
Their faith was a bit shaken when He died so brutally beaten on the cross. Deep in their hearts they had kept the words hidden when Jesus said, “This Temple will be destroyed and in three days I will rebuild it.” Mary knew deep in her heart that Jesus was special. He was the Son of God, born without sin, yet fully human and fully God. He had promised. “In three days I will rise again.”
His presence felt special, yet it was all so out of the ordinary that the disciples became frightened. They feared for their own lives.
Jesus knew all of this. This is why he promised them the Holy Spirit. He knew their weaknesses. He knew they needed help.
Many disciples gathered in one room after it was confirmed by His appearance that He has risen as He had promised. As they were deciding what is next, then, all of a sudden Jesus stood among them. What a joy and love there was among all off them. Jesus asked for food to show He was truly alive. As all were huddled together, maybe even danced around shouting for joy, He vanished from their sight. Now they all knew it was all true. All the words Jesus spoke were alive. Thomas was not with them at the time. When he arrived they excitingly told him of the appearance of Jesus but he did not believe. He said, “Unless I see Jesus’ wounds and touch them I will not believe.” Again Jesus appeared to those gathered with Thomas. Thomas touched His wounds, “and now he believed”.
Jesus was seen by many during a time after He had died.
The Holy Spirit Promised, Acts 1:4-9:
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the Promise of the Father,” which, He said, “You have heard from Me; For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him saying “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”And He said to them,” It is not for you to know: times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samara, and to the end of the earth.”
The Upper Room Prayer Meeting, Acts 1:12-15:
“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying; Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Asphacus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one acord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Coming of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:1-8:
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another,” Look, are not al these who speak Galileans?”
We also live in a troubled world. There are times when I don’t like to listen to the news. Too much darkness covers the earth today. There is also much light. Christ never promised it would be easy to follow Him. Our responsibility is to live according to His word. We have to stand firm in the teachings of the scripture. It does not say anywhere we will always be happy, but we can feel the peace and joy that comes from the Lord. Pray without ceasing.
“Come Holy, Spirit come”
2 Corinthians 4:18: “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but on what is unseen is eternal.”
“In Solitude I will find you.”
When I created this painting, as usually when I paint, I may have a thought but soon I loose my self in the painting, as I feel truly touched by the Lord. I really don’t feel the time pass, but I know when it is finished. I can say while I paint I feel one with the Lord. When I looked at the finished painting I felt so moved by the Holy Spirit. I looked again and I saw the Christ with outstretched arms. I knew then my work of art was finished.
In the words of Michelangelo Buonarroti:
“True art is made noble and religious by the mind producing it …. the endeavor to create something perfect, for God is perfection, and whoever strives after perfection is striving for something divine.”
Also, as Paul Klee expressed so eloquently, “Art does not reproduce the visible, rather, it makes visible.”
May all of you feel especially touched by the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Last week we observed Palm Sunday, the beginning of the most important week of the year as we journey with our Lord to the cross.
What greater love is there than the love our Lord showed us by sending His Son to us. There is no greater love than the love Jesus gave to us by dying on the cross for us. He was fully human and fully God. What pain He must have felt when He approached His final days on earth.
I shuddered this morning after mass when I heard the pounding of a hammer, imitating the pounding of the nails into the hands and feet of our Lord. Unaware for a moment of the people around me, I felt the pain and my tears wanted to come. What pain did I cause the Lord to have by my inadequacies? He freely carried the cross and freely died for each one of us. He forgave us all of our sins.
The most beautiful words in scripture are: 1 John 4:9-11″In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, Beloved, If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
What a gift, yet the world is in so much darkness and will not accept this gift, so freely given to us. 1 John 3:16-17 “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
Christ suffered and died for us and by His love He set us free. Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the mids of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
Jesus is surely the greatest companion anyone can have and He loves you and me. I know I need Jesus in my life. You know He loves you. What greater love is there, than the love of Jesus. If you call Him into your life, He is always with you. He will guide you in all things.
When you surrender your life to Jesus He will bring victory to your life.
Romans 8:28-30 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called acording to His purpose. For whom He foreknew . He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
As I watched Bill O’Reilly’s movie, “Killing Jesus”, this evening, I was astounded and pleased how often the humanity of Jesus came through. When Jesus felt anger or discontent with those He encountered He took time-outs to speak to the Father. This put Him in the right state of mind.
I have a friend with ALS who understandably gets also upset with her life in this unexpected state. When she first became ill I saw an advertisement on a Christian channel about a speaker to come who is also aflicted with ALS. I made a point to watch this program to see if there was anything I could learn to be of help to my friend. Besides many helpful hints how he manages life now, the one thing that he talked about was how every time his sicknes becomes too hard to bear, he took five minutes to speak to the Lord. He spoke about how he had to take many time-outs with the Lord troughout the day. I thought what a wonderful way to carry his cross. This is a helpful way for all of us if we can take a deep breath and take five minutes with the Lord as we go through our struggles in life.
As we journey towards Maundy Thursday and Good Friday it is good to be with the Lord.
Our life has a purpose. Because Jesus took on our sins and died for us, we can safely and happily journey through life. We are able to tell all our friends about our journey, because we are on a journey with the most wonderful destination. We can’t come back and talk about our destination, but we certainly can talk about our journey and our wonderful destination that is promised to us who surrender our life to Jesus. He will take us on our journey and what an exciting journey it is.
What a wonderful friend we share in Jesus, the greatest travel companion on our journey all the way to our destination. Then we are also able to enjoy eternity with all those who journeyed with us now and before us in the company of Jesus and all the Heavenly Host.
All Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ now and for all eternity.
Love to all of you on your Journey and have a wonderful Easter.
As we begin this season of Lent let’s together reach for our Lord’s stretched out hand and build a circle of friendship in His love. He has made us in His image. He is constantly calling, come closer.
As I sit in my office/studio this morning I can’t help but praise the Lord for all of His creation. The birds are flying back and forth in front of my window, all puffed up. Even in this bitter cold our Lord with His amazing creation keeps them warm.
Lent is a perfect time to again evaluate and reflect on our walk with our Lord. Did I get closer; did I stay on my course with all the distractions that we are presented with? Can I say, yes Lord, here I am? Yes, trust in the Lord with all your life. Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
With the Lord in your heart you will never walk alone. Our Lord desires our friendship and love. Our Lord loves us so much He sent His only Son to lay down His life for us. What greater love can there be, then to give His life for His children.
The following is from the Catechism (1286): The descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus at his baptism by John was the sign that this was he who was to come, the Messiah, the Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit; his whole life and his whole mission are carried out in total communion with the Holy Spirit whom the Father gives him without measure.
Mark chapter 1:9-13 It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “you are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.
After His time in the desert the mystery of Jesus and His mission began. He now called his disciples to him. For His mission to be fulfilled He also called for help.
Mark 1:16,17 As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus knew why He was born and what He had to do. He freely gave His life to redeem the world. He said yes.
Let us all say “Yes Lord!” He will freely send us His Holy Spirit if we pray “Come Holy Spirit, come.” As we pray, “Please Lord put your light around me, show me the way.” He will make us “broken bread” and “poured out wine.” We don’t have to look for a purpose. Our purpose in life is to serve the Lord. Let us all make our journey through Lent count. Renew our commitment by staying in His presence and studying His Word. His Word is the truth. It should not be altered or changed. If we truly love the Lord, we will live by His Word. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Let us belong to the, as Saint Augustine called it, “City of God”.
Let us be able to share our Lord’s message with all those we encounter and let us be free to choose Him.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas celebration, a time to experience and celebrate the birth of Christ renewed within yourself. What a Gift our Lord gave to us. What a Gift we are able to celebrate each moment, each day, and each year anew;
It is all because Mary said “yes” to the Lord, not knowing all she said “yes” to, because she loved the Lord.
Let us all say “Yes” to our Lord’s teachings and see Christ in all of our brothers and sisters to help bring peace on earth. Then, together we can shout out with joy:
“LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!”
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,” which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)
The following is taken from my daily reading My Utmost for His Highest:
His Birth and Our New Birth
His Birth in History. “That Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1: 35). Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of–He is a Being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate—God coming into human flesh from outside it. His life is the highest and the holiest entering through the most humble of doors. Our Lord’s birth was an advent—the appearance of God in human form.
His Birth in Me. “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”(Galatians 4:19). Just as our Lord came into human history from outside it, He must also come into me from outside. Have I allowed my personal human life to become a “Bethlehem” for the Son of God? I cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God unless I am born again from above by a birth totally unlike physical birth. “You must be born again” (John 3:7). This is not a command, but a fact based on the authority of God. The evidence of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that “Christ is formed” in me, His nature immediately begins to work through me.
God Evident in the Flesh. This is what is made so profoundly possible for you and for me through the redemption of man by Jesus Christ.
This is Christmas–a poem by Brunhilde Luken
I walked through this beautiful town. The sun was shining brightly. It was so peaceful. The leaves were glistening from the morning dew.| I made a comment, how beautiful, To my guardian angel who was guiding me through town.
He looked at me and said:” you have to see this on Christmas”
Immediately everywhere the lights started flickering.
The whole town was lit up.
A tremendous peace came over me.
I looked at him and said:” Oh yes, this is Christmas.”
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
From all of us on the Commission for Women to all of you,
We wish you a Merry Christmas season and a Blessed New Year.
Thanksgiving is almost here. A time of joy for most of us as we gather with our family and friends to celebrate and give thanks to our Lord for all He provides for us now and throughout the year. I give thanks to the Lord every day of my life. I thank the Lord for the wonderful summer that just ended and then was followed with the most brilliant colors of fall. At this time of the year, when the days are getting darker and seemingly shorter I can also truly say I look forward to the quieter months of winter, followed by a new awakening of spring. Every season presents us with so much beauty.
For everything that we are and have, even the painful and mysterious, is God’s generous gift; we must not grumble at it but must accept it in the knowledge that when we do so God gives Himself with His gift. (Karl Rahner a German Jesuit Priest and Theologian March 5 1904-March 30 1984)
Psalm 95:1-7 Let us come before Him with Thanksgiving.
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all God’s.
In His hands are the deep places of the Earth.
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
We all came into being for a reason. We are on a mission, a mission to serve the Lord. John 17:18 As you sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. We are also sent from God, to return to God, our eternal home. The time in between is where we have to fulfill our mission. Our mission is not to be perfectly happy here on earth; our mission is to feel the presence of the Lord and have a thankful heart as we go through our struggles and still feel the joy within.
I see the joy in friends who face grave illnesses at the moment. I know the Lord carries both of them every moment of their lives. We all don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I do know after fall and winter there is spring, when all will be made new.
Let us live each day in the Spirit of the Lord and share His love with all those the Lord brings into our lives and be thankful for each day given to us. Mark 3:35 “Whoever does the Will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
With the busy season ahead of us, we have to remember to take time out and take our rest with Jesus and listen to Him.Mark 6:50 “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
I feel so blessed with all the wonderful people the Lord put into my life.
I give thanks to the Lord for each one of you as we share in His blessings. Have a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving and feel the love of Christ that unites us all.
Come Holy Spirit Come, Come Holy Spirit Come, Come Holy Spirit Come!
Father, Son and Holy Spirit all three but One Lord, our Lord God. He is and was and He is to come. What a Gift to all of us. What a precious Gift for us who know Him.
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found it empty. She was weeping and asked the presumed gardener where they have laid Him. Then she heard being called “Mary!” She turned around and immediately recognized Jesus and said; “Rabboni” (Teacher).
Do we always recognize our Lord? If all of us do, we can make the world a better place to live in.
Isaiah 43:1 “I have called you by name- you are mine.”
Hosea 2:19 “will make you mine forever.”
Ezekiel 36:27 “I will put my Spirit in you.”
Matthew 28: 20 “I will be with you always.”
After Jesus had died and risen and Mary Magdalene informed the other disciples that she saw the risen Christ, the disciples that where close by came to see the empty tomb. Later that day they all gathered together and locked the door because they where afraid.
John 20: 19-22 “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews , Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Now Thomas was not with them at this time.
John 20: 25, 26, 27 “The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He turned to Thomas “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20: 30, 31 “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
We have an awesome God. He gave us the Holy Spirit. We are also left with the Greatest Book ever, The Holy Bible. Let’s go and spread the Good News into all the World. Then surely the world will become a better place for all.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me.” John 14: 6
As I woke up this morning
I felt so loved by you.
You where still holding me.
With many thanks I greeted the new day.
You smiled at me.
I knew right then that nothing could take away this wonderful love,
So freely given ,
for me to take.
“Just seek and you will find,
It is already there.
Before you could ever think of Me
I put it there.
I allow you to choose
I hope it is I,
The eyes of your heart will tell you why.
True love can only be found within.
Just trust Me
I will take you to this never ending flow of love,
It’s deep in your heart,
As you seek Me,
it will never part.”
Ash Wednesday is today.
I am in the process of preparing my Lenten Journey which I like to share with you.
I am reading and contemplating the book Ascent of Mount Carmel (St. John of the Cross).
We are all on a journey getting to know the Lord better and understanding the mysteries we experience on our own journey. I truly love this book. I do learn a lot. Besides this book I am also re-reading the Gospel of Mark, and my usual daily reading of My Utmost, for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I have been reading this book on a daily basis for quite a few years. I love it so much that I just bought the updated edition.
To walk with the Lord is truly an exciting journey. We are all on this journey together.
Let’s open our hearts and minds to the mysteries that our Lord is revealing to us as we refocus on the gospel.
Ephesians 5:14 Awake, you who sleep.
Arise from the dead.
And Christ will give you light.
Before Jesus started His Journey He allowed to be baptized by John the Baptist.
Mark 1:11Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.
Mark 1:12 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to Him.
Jesus was the Son of God, He was also fully human. Did He know all that He would have to endure as He started His journey, or did He take a leap into the unknown? He loved the Father and us so much that He sacrificed His life to save us. He knew He came to earth to fulfill His mission.
John 12:27-28 Now my soul is troubled and what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour”? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father glorify Your name.”
Yes we Love the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, all three in One.
The Almighty God. The God we love and fear at the same time.
The Lord expects much of each one of us. The Lord teaches me much through pictures.
Before I woke up one morning just recently, somebody opened the door to the outside.
As I looked outside, it was totally dark, there was a little light in the distance. I could not see anything and my thought was to close the door. I heard some people talking. For a second I felt a bit fearful. Then I jumped into the darkness without any fear. I floated and was gently put down.
I realized I had just taken “A Leap into the Unknown”.
We have an amazing Lord. I never dreamed of ever publishing a book and talking about my personal experiences, until I understood, yes, the Lord is in charge. We are asked to share our personal stories so we can learn from each other. We truly have an amazing Lord. To trust Him fully will lead each one of us on an exciting journey.
Even Christ felt troubled and deeply distressed.
Mark 14:32-42 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”And He took Peter, James, and John with Him and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. ”Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”
He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass from Him. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You.
Take this cup away from me, nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.”
Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter; “Simon, are you sleeping ?
Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is week.”
Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. And when He returned He found them sleeping again, for their eyes were heavy, and they did not know what to answer Him.
Then He came the third time and said to them. “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come, behold, the son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. “See, My betrayer is at hand.”
Jesus was ready to face what came toward Him. We are also asked to be ready, ready to be a Catholic in an often hostile world. It is easy to be a Catholic in a Catholic community, it is a bit different in a secular group of people or proclaimed Christians, that do not live their Christian faith. I am thankful to live in a country where I am able and free to live my faith. I feel so lucky.
Let us all recommit this Lenten season to take a leap, a leap into the unknown. A leap to live and spread the Gospel, a leap to live our Catholic faith. Lent is a perfect time to take that leap and truly “love one another as Christ loves us”. We are the only Christians many people see. We are the Christ our Lord sends out each day.
In an illumination, I was patting the head of a little boy and said to him: “it is all right, all is well”. Then I woke up with part of one of my poems on my lips: “Show the love I allowed you to see, use the two sets of wings that I handed to thee”.
Isaiah 40:31But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Let us lift each other up in prayer and prepare for our Easter. Together let us make a difference.
Isaiah 43:7, 21 Bring to me all the people who are mine, whom I made for my glory,
whom I formed and made. The people I made will sing songs to praise Me.
We are all asked to love as Christ loves us. So they will be able to say again about the Christians: See how they love one another. This is the way we spread Christianity, with the love the Lord shows us.
I created a painting “Gregorian Chants”.
When I sit back and meditate on this painting I see in the center a large Christ figure with outstretched arms smiling at me. To the left of the Christ I see many people behind bars. Of course I love this painting. It hangs over the fireplace in my studio.
Yes, all of us who love the Lord are asked the “Utmost for His Highest.”We are the ones to bring the smiling Christ into the world to free those that do not see the light, those that do not know Christ. We have to bring the Christ into the World. We are not asked to love as Christ loves us, it is a command. Love as I love you.
We are all human. We are part of this big kaleidoscope made up of different colors and shapes to create one whole, the world we live in.
John 15: 9-12As the Father loved Me, I also loved you; abide in my love. “ If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandment’s and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Nowhere does it say it is easy to always live a Christian life, but, It is a life filled overflowing with joy.
Mark: 16: 15 “And He said to them,“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” He who believes and is baptized will be saved.
We can help others to see and remove the bars in front of them and bring them closer to the Lord. Then all can become like children again and the Lord will return their wings, so they can fly again. We can help set them on a journey to freedom.
Lent is the perfect time to make a new commitment to our Lord.
Mark 8:34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
We are all disciples for our Lord. Together we will make a difference.
I wish all of you a meditative, contemplative Lenten Journey.
Love, Peace and Joy to all of you,
I also want to let you know that my book My Walk With Christ A Spiritual Journey, second edition, Meditations by Brunhilde Luken.
It is now available in bookstores and at amazon.com