This Easter, we rise with Virginia Harris, C.S.B.!

This Easter, we rise!

by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

In a Christian calendar filled with celebrations, memorials and historical events, this one day and its glorious lesson shines brightest of all.

Easter is the day that represents something momentous for all humanity to know and understand: The Resurrection of Jesus proved that his life is spiritual and not affected by a fatally-wounded material body. He overcame the violence and cruelty of religious and political hatred to demonstrate that his life is inseparable from eternal Life and wholly safe. Therefore, it is untouched by material conditions, despite what the crucifixion temporarily appeared to show.

Christians honor this day because it is a vital reminder of present spiritual power. The Christ-spirit that protected and lifted Jesus out of anguish and death is a gift from God, Spirit, to all of us, throughout all time. This Christ power is present and active, for everyone and every life. “He is risen!” for all humanity today.

Prayer and devotion by followers who are focused and centered unwaveringly on the life-affirming message of the Resurrection can have a powerful effect. The love and practice of the one Christ-spirit – true Christianity – is to eliminate any hint of separation from God and His sons and daughters, therefore there can be no division between them either. No Muslim, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist separated from Christian. It should be obvious, then, there are no nationalistic or regional divisions as well.

Let’s consider every area of distressing conflict, whether it is on a faraway border or in our own community. Can we Christians stand apart, mentally mute – and passively “walk by on the other side” in the face of hatred and discrimination? No…the demand is to prayerfully and defiantly rise in the conscious strength of one Christ, one Love for all our sisters, brothers and children. It is to know there is no power – no cruel violence – that can separate His children from the unconditional love of Christ and preserve all life. Let us pray that spiritual power inspires and guides practical wisdom wherever it is needed.

This Easter, more than ever, we must stand united, inseparable, and rise in our spiritual strength. In honor and celebration of the Resurrection let us commit our focus and devotion to the divine message, our love and practice of the divine nature, and our joyous expectation of the divine demonstration of universal life in Spirit.

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Good Friday with Laura Moliter

 

e-inspire, April 19th, 2019

“…behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:” (Luke 24: 4-6)

 

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Worshippers carry a large wooden cross during a Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City. REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD

As Easter arrives this year, why not pause and reflect on our own attitude and focus? Some women followers of Jesus had come to the tomb with burial spices, and were gazing into it, looking for their savior. The crucifixion has occurred, and their world seemed turned upside down.

These two men in their shining garments, angels of God’s wisdom, admonished them with a question. Why were they looking into the tomb, into darkness, into mortality, when the Christ was a living presence, risen, transcending the limits of death and the grave?

These radiant messengers instructed these mourning and fearing women to wake up to what was really going on. In this, we might also be well-advised. We can look to material life, time, the seeming end called “death” looming ahead of us. We can sink into fear and apathy and discouragement and limitation. Or we can seek our lives in Life itself. We can come to realize that what Jesus was proving, the overcoming of all material limits, was for our benefit. It was the demonstration of Life everlasting.

And this Life can’t be lived, the Christ-message honored, by gazing into an empty tomb, which holds only darkness and lies. Truth is realized, and healing goes on, as we allow ourselves to go and see the risen Christ—to celebrate the good news, the loving Word that has risen in our hearts and shines on our expansive lives!

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist

www.beingfreenow.com
https://www.facebook.com/poeticandpowerfulliving/

Massachusetts Bans Controversial ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy For Minors + Ellen DeGeneres

 

Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership.  One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.”  All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved …  If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”

Former Editor of the CSPS [Christian Science Publishing Society],  C.S.B.

Houston, TX – October 11, 1986

 

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Massachusetts Bans Controversial ‘Gay Conversion’ Therapy For Minors

“We’re saying that this dangerous, abusive behavior will not be tolerated,” a state lawmaker said of the discredited practice meant to change sexual orientation.

Therapists in Massachusetts can no longer practice so-called conversion therapy on minors, thanks to a new bill signed into law by the state Republican governor.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation on Monday that prohibits licensed health care professionals from providing conversion therapy to patients under 18.

Governor Baker today signed HR140 into law and is proud of the Commonwealths history of support for equal rights and protecting all citizens against discrimination, Brendan Moss, a spokesman for the governor, told HuffPost on Monday.

With the new law, Massachusetts joins 15 other states and Washington, D.C., in banning the dangerous and discredited practice that attempts to change a persons sexual orientation or gender identity. Colorado will likely follow suit, with lawmakers there sending a bill  to Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) last Friday for signing.

Per The Associated Press, conversion therapy can involve interventions ranging from talk to electric shock. In a 2009 report, the American Psychological Association found no evidence that performing conversion therapy on minors alters their sexual orientation. APA researchers condemned the practice, writing that it approaches homosexuality as a mental disorder, a concept that has been rejected by the mental health professions for more than 35 years. They found that negative side effects of conversion therapy can include depression, suicidality and anxiety.

We’re saying that this dangerous, abusive behavior will not be tolerated, said Massachusetts state Sen. Mark Montigny (D), who sponsored the state Senate version of the bill, after its passage in March.

The ban does not extend to the practices of religious leaders, nor does it address conversion therapy performed on adults.

According to  The Republican, a Massachusetts-based newspaper,Baker signed the bill over objections from Republicans in the state Senate who felt the ban would infringe upon therapists free speech rights, as well as the right of parents to make decisions for their children.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/massachusetts-conversion-therapy-ban_n_5cabc835e4b02e7a705c3afa.

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Gus Kenworthy accepts the Point Leadership Award

 

“I was finally free from the shackles of my own mind,” he explained. “I hadn’t done anything, except for the fact that I was finally competing as myself.” 

Gus Kenworthy

 

 

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Gus Kenworthy: ‘My Time Spent In The Closet Is A Blur Of Depression And Anxiety’

At the Point Foundation’s 2019 gala in New York, the Olympian recalled the challenges he faced before embracing his true self.
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Hoping for change, Chicago elects Lightfoot as first female black mayor – The Christian Science Monitor

In an act rarely seen in a democracy after an election, the winner and the loser of a mayoral contest in Chicago met on April 3, the day after a fierce campaign in which the two candidates shared plenty of name-calling. Their joint postelection appearance – so different than the usual late-night phone call to concede or congratulate – was notably friendly. The two held hands in prayer and promised to work together.
“Our differences are nothing compared with what we can achieve together,” said Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot of her defeated opponent Toni Preckwinkle, both of whom are black women and progressive Democrats in the nation’s third-largest city.

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board

April 3, 2019

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2019/0403/From-slugfest-to-lovefest-in-Chicago

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“Out there tonight a lot of little girls and boys are watching. They’re watching us, and they’re seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different,” Ms. Lightfoot told a jubilant crowd at a downtown hotel. “They’re seeing a city reborn.”

 

Hoping for change, Chicago elects Lightfoot as first female black mayor

On a historic night in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city elected Lori Lightfoot as mayor. Ms. Lightfoot – who won all 50 wards – will be the first African American woman and the first openly gay person to lead the city. She will be sworn in on May 20.

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After being elected Chicago’s next mayor, Lori Lightfoot speaks at her election night party on April 2, 2019, in Chicago. Ms. Lightfoot will be the first African American woman and first openly gay person to lead the city.
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Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s resounding victory was a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation’s third-largest city.

Ms. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who’d never been elected to public office, defeated Cook County Board President and longtime City Council member Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday with backing from voters across the city. Late results showed Ms. Lightfoot winning every one of the city’s 50 wards.

Ms. Lightfoot also made history, becoming the first black woman and the first openly gay person to be elected Chicago mayor. Chicago will become the largest U.S. city to have a black woman serve as mayor when Ms. Lightfoot is sworn in May 20. She will join seven other black women currently serving as mayors in major U.S. cities, including Atlanta and New Orleans, and will be the second woman to lead Chicago.

“Out there tonight a lot of little girls and boys are watching. They’re watching us, and they’re seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different,” Ms. Lightfoot told a jubilant crowd at a downtown hotel. “They’re seeing a city reborn.”

She pledged to make Chicago “a place where your zip code doesn’t determine your destiny,” to address the city’s violence and to “break this city’s endless cycle of corruption” that allows politicians to profit from their office.

Ms. Lightfoot emerged as the surprising leader in the first round of voting in February when 14 candidates were on the ballot to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who decided against running for a third term.

She seized on outrage over a white police officer’s fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald to launch her reformer campaign. She got in the race even before Mr. Emanuel announced he wouldn’t seek re-election amid criticism for initially resisting calls to release video of the shooting.

Joyce Ross, a resident of the city’s predominantly black West Side who is a certified nursing assistant, cast her ballot Tuesday for Ms. Lightfoot. Ms. Ross said she believes Ms. Lightfoot will be better able to clean up the police department and curb the city’s violence.

She was also bothered by Ms. Preckwinkle’s association with longtime Alderman Ed Burke, who was indicted earlier this year on charges he tried to shake down a restaurant owner who wanted to build in his ward.

“My momma always said birds of a feather flock together,” Ms. Ross said.

Ms. Preckwinkle said she called Ms. Lightfoot Tuesday night to congratulate her on a “hard-fought campaign.”

“While I may be disappointed I’m not disheartened. For one thing, this is clearly a historic night,” she told a crowd gathered in her South Side neighborhood. “Not long ago two African American women vying for this position would have been unthinkable. And while it may be true that we took two very different paths to get here, tonight is about the path forward.”

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From Fragments to More than Enough with Danielle Steel

 

“..sometimes I do some religious reading, to clear my head, or help me find the answer to some problem I’m struggling to find a solution to, or an answer that eludes me. It’s not for everyone, I realize, but it helps me to problem solve when I’m really stumped.”

Thank you for sharing this with us, Danielle.

I also made it through unthinkable hardships from prayer too. For me, hope is the belief and expectation that we will make it because all things are possible with God. The Bible story you referenced is proof of that. I would like to add to your wonderful post that Jesus first gave thanks which I feel was key to the abundance received.

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The idea that we can start again, start fresh, recover and be ‘resurrected’ gives me so much hope—that we can come out of those bad times and be ‘reborn’, maybe with some scars, but we are back in the game again. That idea has kept me going through some very hard times.”

Thank you for this. Life doesn’t hit much harder than losing a child. Thus I find what you shared valuable because you demonstrated getting back up after unthinkable pain.

I can’t say enough that we are blessed to have you in the world. Reading your post brought me peace.

Amen.

TWLS,
Rob Scott
ABQ, NM

 

On a more serious note, sometimes I do some religious reading, to clear my head, or help me find the answer to some problem I’m struggling to find a solution to, or an answer that eludes me. It’s not for everyone, I realize, but it helps me to problem solve when I’m really stumped. And recently, I was reading some passages that I find meaningful in The Bible. Some of the passages are particularly meaningful to me, and seem applicable to our ordinary lives. And while doing some reading, I came across the story about feeding a crowd of five thousand, with five loaves of bread and two fishes. Now that is a major culinary feat even greater than feeding my own small army of nine kids!!! What always jumps out at me in that story is the word “Fragments”, pieces. They didn’t even have five neat loaves of bread, and two whole fishes—they had fragments of them. Just pieces. It reminded me of my own life at times, when I have ‘pieces’ of what I need, but not the whole answer or solution to a problem. You sit there pondering your life, and think—-now what am I going to do with this mess?? With not enough of anything you think you need. For me, the story is about making do with what you’ve got, and somehow making it work, if at all possible, with not enough money, or not enough time, or just no obvious answer to a problem. It’s about being ingenious and somehow making it work. In the Bible, they fed five thousand people with ‘fragments’ of too little that they had in the first place. And how often are we faced with having ‘fragments’ of what we need, and not enough whole anything to go around? It happens to us all in some way, we desperately want a promotion, and a raise—-and we get one or the other, or neither one. They offer you a terrific new title, but no more money. Or the money, and not the glory of the new title you deserve. Or we’re looking for a new home, with our own set ideas and real needs, we need so many bedrooms, have definite ideas about what neighbourhood works best for us, and is okay, maybe a garage or some parking space, and then we add the cherry on top in our dreams, and would love to have lots of light so it’s cheery, and maybe we throw in a fireplace, and a view. And of course we only find part of what we want, and less than what we think we need. The place you find is bright and cheerful and light, but doesn’t have enough bedrooms, or is in an iffy neighbourhood, too far from where you work. Or there is a view, but the kitchen is smaller than a phone booth, and so few bedrooms you’d have to give up half your kids (just kidding). Or only one bathroom for all of you. We get fragments of what we need, and have to figure out if we can make it work, and what really matters to us, and what can we give up, and if we want to. It happens in relationships too, the person you love has some fantastic traits, but also some really unfortunate ones. Can you make it work with that combination of traits? Do they have only fragments of what you need in a partner, enough to make a life with them? Should you settle for less than what you want (and need)? Can you make it work? Fragments or the whole deal?? Life seems to be a series of compromises, and I don’t know about you, but more often than not, I have been faced with fragments of what I hoped for, and have to figure out how to make that work, or if I can. But it has been very rare in my life to get the whole enchilada on a silver platter. (Once in a great while, but not very often!!!). I like the reminder of the image of having to make life work when you only get fragments of what you wanted, or thought you couldn’t live without. Sometimes you can make some amazing adjustments to make the ‘fragments’ work and it turns out to be enough in ways you never expected, and sometimes you just can’t pull it off and shouldn’t even try. The challenges we all face one way or another.

The other concept that comes up in Christian religions at this time of year, which is my favorite, is the idea of “Resurrection”/Rebirth/Starting fresh/Starting new. The roof crashes down on us all at various times in our lives, we have a bad year, or even a bad run of years, the failure of a marriage, a business, a major loss, a huge disappointment, or a string of smaller ones, or bad health, or financial troubles. There are times when we have just been pummeled by life and feel as though we’re at the bottom of the barrel and will never get up again.  We feel dead. The idea that we can start again, start fresh, recover and be ‘resurrected’ gives me so much hope—that we can come out of those bad times and be ‘reborn’, maybe with some scars, but we are back in the game again. That idea has kept me going through some very hard times. Resurrection, more than any other religious concept, which applies to our lives, I really love that one.

Danielle Steel

4/1/19

http://www.daniellesteel.net/3-25-19-fragments-and-renewal/

*Danielle Steel was a student of Christian Science at one time.  Her books are loaded with the Christ message of finding hope and healing in the heart of darkness.

Danielle Steel at White Dinner, Paris

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