touch the reality…

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 THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2022
“If you give alms without touching the reality, without looking into the eyes of the person in need, those alms are for you, not for that person. Think about this. Do I touch poverty, even the poverty that I am helping? Do I look into the eyes of the people who suffer, of the people that I help? I leave you with this thought — to see and to have compassion. May the Virgin Mary accompany us on this journey of growth. May she, who “shows us the Way”, that is Jesus, help us also to become ever more “disciples of the Way”.”
Pope Francis


The secret to manifesting true wealth and abundance is discovering your soul mission. Part of the mission you took on when you entered this human experience involves achieving your real potential and doing the work that the Divine and the Universe have planned for your true happiness…
Realizing these things about yourself will bring you to a much deeper level of self awareness and spiritual strength…
There are going to be some massive changes happening in this department of your life, I can feel it Jeanne.
Throughout these starless times, I have always managed to reclaim the balance in my life, no matter how far I ventured down the Tunnel of Darkness. When your Soul resonates at its True Vibration, there is nothing in this world that can hold you back from your Path.
These could be messages from your ancestors, your inner starseed, or your Future Self.

The cards you have drawn are The Chariot & Death, two very powerful Major Arcana cards…
These cards, especially when compared to your Star Sign, indicate to me that you are a creative and independent thinker, but that you often doubt and second-guess your own abilities.
Given your natural tendancy to seek stability, and the influence of Jupiter’s orbital phase on your Star Sign right now, I suspect you have been questioning your role in this world…
As so, you bring a Divine purpose to this reading, and I want to reassure you not to worry about what is coming up…
The Death Card which you just pulled from the Deck indicates that you have a great renewal ahead of you, Jeanne, so please be prepared for strong feelings of emotion…
An old part of your life is about to Die, and new opportunities will flourish and blossom.
What would you do to achieve a state of calm and balance?

Jeanne, the trying times you’ve been challenged with recently are just the Universe testing your limits before you can move forward on your path…
You are disciplined and self-controlled outside, which is why you are a magnet for other people’s energy. However, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside, which if left unchecked can make it difficult for you to manifest your desires…
This feeling of insecurity was heightened for you recently as Jupiter entered a new phase and its gravity started pulling you down.
This has caused you to procrastinate and it has cost you dearly. However, as recently as this week you have begun to free yourself from its pull and finally move yourself in a more positive, but challenging direction…
Perhaps this is why we have met today, Jeanne. There are times when doors will close for us because we are meant to take a different path, and there are times, like today, that new doors might open…
Your First Tarot Card: Death

You got the Death card, Jeanne, which does not surprise me at all.
While you go about your human experience, you often tend to seek things which seem secure, stable, and steady. However, in the coming weeks, your life is going to be impacted by powerfully significant change…
Do not allow the title or the imagery to fool you: Death is not an ending, but merely the beginning of a new chapter…
It is a message from the Universe that at least one chapter in your life has run its course, and it is now time to close the final page in that chapter and accept the change which comes.
The full force of change can be quite frightening at times. That is one of the reasons why the Death card can be so scary when it appears.
Know that your destiny will be marked by the important changes you accept in coming weeks. Once you learn to flow with the energy of change, you will find the comfort and stability you so eagerly seek.
Take a moment to ask yourself what changes do you need to make in your life? What have you had enough of? And will you commit to all that is necessary to acquire the changes you desire?
The great achievements of tomorrow follow the steps you are ready to take today. If you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude the decisions ahead, just remember to take it one brave step at a time…
Your Second Tarot Card: The Chariot

What a wonderful combination of cards, Jeanne, with the Chariot and the Death card! Believe it or not, these cards show that a an positive energy is about to enter your life…
There are aspects of your life which have been stagnant and frustrating for some time, and this is beginning to bother you. You desire change in a positive direction, and to arrive at your dreams. Lucky for you, this is what the Chariot brings!
It can be renewed Love in a relationship or a marriage that no longer feels like the home of your heart. It can be a workplace or a career promotions. Or it could even be a drastic imprivement to your living situation.
These aspects of your life are all due for a positive change, but something has been keeping you stuck in poverty-stricken situations.
Jeanne, you must release your fear of change, and embrace new situations. By ending broken routines, leaving behind negative people and ejecting the pull of darkened situations, you can finally commit to the changes you’ve been wanting to make.
You will finally be able to overcome whatever has been holding you back from living the happy, healthy, and fulfilled life which was always meant to be yours.
The upright depiction of the Chariot shows that you have the willpower, dedication and courage to commit to change. Just as the rider in the Chariot rides confidently across rough terrain, you, Jeanne, can overcome the challenges you’re currently battling against…
Are you ready, Jeanne?

God’s Grace…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2022
“Here, today, I am with you to recall the past, to grieve with you, to bow our heads together in silence and to pray before the graves. Let us allow these moments of silence to help us interiorize our pain. Silence. And prayer. In the face of evil, we pray to the Lord of goodness; in the face of death, we pray to the God of life… Our own efforts are not enough to achieve healing and reconciliation: we need God’s grace. We need the quiet and powerful wisdom of the Spirit, the tender love of the Comforter. May he bring to fulfilment the deepest expectations of our hearts. May he take us by the hand and enable us to advance together on our journey.”
Pope Francis

He said, “I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”….

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painting by Will Hillenbrand

It’s the birthday of politician George McGovern, born in Avon, South Dakota (1922), son of a Methodist minister who played pro baseball before his ordination. As a student at Dakota Wesleyan University, he was president of the sophomore and junior classes and won an oratory contest with a speech titled “My Brother’s Keeper.” A fighter pilot in World War II, he flew 29 combat missions before his plane was badly damaged over Vienna and his navigator killed. He survived a crash landing on an island in the Adriatic Sea and won a Distinguished Flying Cross before returning for five more missions. Although both of his parents were Republicans, McGovern ran for Congress in 1956 as a Democrat and won, the first South Dakota Democrat to go to the House of Representatives in 22 years. After a losing campaign in 1960, he was elected to the Senate in 1962, and, upon re-election in ’68, emerged as a leading opponent to the war in Vietnam. He won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, but was unable to defeat Richard Nixon, probably because he was too liberal for the more conservative Democrats. He ran for president again in 1984, but after a third-place finish in the Massachusetts primary — the only state he’d carried in his earlier bid — he withdrew from the race.
He said, “I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
Cinderella’s Diary

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2022
“May the Lord help us to be missionaries today, going in the company of our brother and our sister, with peace and God’s closeness on our lips; bearing in our heart the gentleness and goodness of Jesus, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.”
Pope Francis

Adults reading to children…

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Blessed is the family that honors the elderly…

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SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2022
“Many people are afraid of old age. They consider it a sort of disease with which any contact is best avoided. The elderly, they think, are none of their concern and should be set apart, perhaps in homes or places where they can be cared for, lest we have to deal with their problems… The Scriptures see things differently. A long life – so the Bible teaches – is a blessing, and the elderly are not outcasts to be shunned but living signs of the goodness of God who bestows life in abundance. Blessed is the house where an older person lives! Blessed is the family that honours the elderly!”
Pope Francis

this is farming country…so when you take a walk, carry a shotgun….

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Male hunter in the woods

How to Take a Walk

by Leo Dangel

This is farming country.


The neighbors will believe


you are crazy


if you take a walk


just to think and be alone.


So carry a shotgun


and walk the fence line.


Pretend you are hunting


and your walking will not


arouse suspicion.


But don’t forget


to load the shotgun.


They will know


if your gun is empty.


Stop occasionally.


Cock your head and listen


to the doves you never see.


Part the tall weeds


with your hand and inspect


the ground.


Sniff the air as a hunter would.


(That wonderful smell


of sweet clover is a bonus.)


Soon you will forget


the gun in your hands,


but remember, someone


may be watching.


If you hear beating wings


and see the bronze flash


of something flying up,


you will have to shoot it.

“How to Take a Walk” by Leo Dangel from Home From the Field. © Spoon River Poetry Press, 1997.

 

How Jeanne Takes a Walk

by Jeanne Poland

This is farming country

in the mountains.

The neighbors will know

you are an artist

if you take a walk

and photograph

hummingbirds

beauties of science

like goldfinch.

pretend you’re at the museum

point to the blossoms

with your cane.

inhale the scent

of sage.

Don’t forget

to swing the cane

like Charlie Chaplan

o’er your head

as if the music swells

in the silent movie…

and birds take flight

explode in a thrust

up to the clouds,

a rainbow of color, strength,

and grace of spirit!

a christian always brings peace…negotiates, scratches your back….free of cheating and cunning…

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This is her old family summer cottage and she is busy freshening the place up and disposing of hereditary trash, while I watch her do it. Today I held a screen in a door while she tightened the screws. That was my one assignment of the day, that and toweling off her back after her shower. “Scratch my back,” she says sometimes, and I do and I am good at it. So apparently she intends to keep me, which is good to know.

We washed the dishes — H.H. believes that a dish towel only spreads germs so the dishes were racked up and left to dry overnight — and I put my hand on the niece’s shoulders and told the two of them to go home, which they wanted to do but didn’t know how to express it, and I sat on the porch with the lady and scratched her back, up high, between the shoulder blades. “Higher,” she says and I massage her elegant shoulders. This is not a chore, there’s not much creativity involved, it comes under friendship and sharing. Justice is a fine idea but I’m going for wild good fortune and now I have it in my hands.
written by Garrison Keillor
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2022
“A Christian always brings peace… This is the distinctive sign: the Christian is a bearer of peace, because Christ is peace. From this, we can recognize whether we are his. If instead we spread gossip and suspicions, create divisions, hinder communion, place our own belonging before all else, we do not act in the name of Jesus. Those who foment rancour, incite hatred and override others, do not bring peace… Placing peace and order in your own heart, defusing greed, extinguishing hatred and rancour, fleeing from corruption, fleeing from cheating and cunning: this is where peace begins.”
Pope Francis
 
Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
Psalm 63
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
You are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

be honest, be together, and behave…….

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Pope Francis meets a group of Franciscan nuns during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022
“Brothers, sisters, let us not place our trust in riches and let us not fear our poverty, material and human. The more we are free and simple, small and humble, the more the Holy Spirit guides the mission and makes us protagonists of his wonders. Leave room for the Holy Spirit! Homily.”
Pope Francis

 
  

Runways Cafe II
by Marilyn Hacker
For once, I hardly noticed what I ate

(salmon and broccoli and Saint-Véran).

My elbow twitched like jumping beans; sweat ran

into my shirtsleeves. Could I concentrate

on anything but your leg against mine

under the table? It was difficult,

but I impersonated an adult

looking at you, and knocking back the wine.

Now that we both want to know what we want,

now that we both want to know what we know,

it still behooves us to know what to do:

be circumspect, be generous, be brave,

be honest, be together, and behave.

At least I didn’t get white sauce down my front.


“Runways Café II” by Marilyn Hacker, from Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons. © W.W. Norton and Company, 1995.

I’m trying hard to sit at a table…

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Here In The Psalm
by Sally Fisher
I am a sheep

and I like it

because the grass

I lie down in

feels good and the still

waters are restful and right

there if I’m thirsty

and though some valleys

are very chilly there is a long

rod that prods me so I

direct my hooves

the right way

though today

I’m trying hard

to sit at a table

because it’s expected

required really

and my enemies—

it turns out I have enemies—

are watching me eat and

spill my drink

but I don’t worry because

all my enemies do

is watch and I know

I’m safe if I will

just do my best

as I sit on this chair

that wobbles a bit

in the grass

on the side of a hill.
“Here In The Psalm” by Sally Fisher from Good Question. © Bright Hills Press, 2016. Reprinted with permission.

 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2022
“The Lord always changes our life… Because those who receive Jesus feel they have to imitate him, to do as he did, which was to leave heaven to serve us on earth, and they come out of themselves. So, if we ask ourselves what our task in the world is, what we must do as a Church in history, the answer of the Gospel is clear: mission. To go on mission, to bear the proclamation, to make it known that Jesus came from the Father.”
Pope Francis

 
 


If painting weren’t so difficult, it wouldn’t be so much fun…Edgas Degas

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It’s the birthday of Edgar Degas (1834), the French Impressionist painter best known for his studies of female dancers, like The Dancing Class (1871) and The Dance Class (1874). In 1880, his sculpture The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer was exhibited, but drew criticism for its realism, with some critics deeming it “ugly.” Degas had dressed his dancer in a cloth tutu and given her real hair. He never exhibited any sculpture in public again during his lifetime.
Degas was born in Paris. His father was a banker and his mother an amateur opera singer from New Orleans. He was a precociously talented child, but when he came of age, his father urged him to attend law school, which Degas did, though he didn’t apply himself to his studies and soon left to study at the École des Beaux Arts. He also received permission to “copy” at the Louvre in Paris, a common practice for aspiring artists in the 19th century, who would gather to draw from works by Raphael and Delacroix. Degas met the artist Ingres, who told him, “Draw lines, young man, and still more lines, both from life and memory, and you will become a good artist.”
By 1862, he’d befriended fellow painter Edward Manet and been rejected by the prestigious Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which found his work unfinished and hasty. Degas favored interesting angles for his subjects, which may have been due to his poor eyesight. He said: “No art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and of the study of the great masters; of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament, I know nothing.” He joined with other outsider artists to exhibit work on their own, but he was irascible, mocking Monet for painting outdoors.
Degas continued to paint ballet dancers because it earned him the most money. His anti-Semitism became virulent as he aged, though, which cost him friends and commissions. Auguste Renoir said: “What a creature he was, that Degas! All his friends had to leave him; I was one of the last to go, but even I couldn’t stay until the end.”
In his last years, nearly blind, Degas stopped painting and took to wandering the streets of Paris. He died when he was 83. After his death, acquaintances found more than 150 wax sculptures in his studio. The original sculpture of The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer has since been cast in bronze.
Edgar Degas said, “If painting weren’t so difficult, it wouldn’t be so much fun.”

Cinderella’s Diary
by Ron Koertge
I miss my stepmother. What a thing to say,

but it’s true. The prince is so boring: four

hours to dress and then the cheering throngs.

Again. The page who holds the door is cute

enough to eat. Where is he once Mr. Charming

kisses my forehead goodnight?
Every morning I gaze out a casement window

at the hunters, dark men with blood on their

boots who joke and mount, their black trousers

straining, rough beards, calloused hands, selfish,

abrupt…
Oh, dear diary—I am lost in ever after:

those insufferable birds, someone in every

room with a lute,

the queen calling me to look

at another painting of her son, this time

holding the transparent slipper I wish

I’d never seen.
“Cinderella’s Diary” by Ron Koertge from Vampire Planet. © Red Hen Press, 2016.

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022
“Let us help one another to be leaven in the dough of this world. Together we can and must continue to care for human life, the protection of creation, the dignity of work, the problems of families, the treatment of the elderly and all those who are abandoned, rejected or treated with contempt. In a word, we are called to be a Church that promotes the culture of care, tenderness and compassion towards the vulnerable. A Church that fights all forms of corruption and decay, including those of our cities and the places we frequent, so that in the life of every people the joy of the Gospel may shine forth. This is our “fight”, and this is our challenge. The temptation to stand still is great; the temptation of that nostalgia which makes us look to look at other times as better. May we not fall into the temptation of “looking back” which is becoming fashionable today in the Church.”
Pope Francis

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