January 17th, 2016

birds of North America

It is in the death flow 9:51 AM Sunday morning, a bitter cold day here by Lake Michigan. It is snowing and is forecast to snow the rest of the week.

I got up this morning around 8 o'clock AM. I made for breakfast oatmeal. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. Carol left for the fanning the flame event at her church this morning. I wrote in my diary and fed the birds. Not much else to report.

Fanning the Flame at Covenant PCA, Holland Michigan
http://covenantprez.com/series/spiritual-foundations/

http://www.emberstoaflame.org/about-revitalization.html

Yesterday I watched professional football all day. We went to bed around 11:30 PM last night.

music Andy Stott 'Faith In Strangers'

I plan to watch this afternoon professional football once again. Existence keeps decaying.

I am kind of out of it lately. I do not know if I can read any of my books today. I will close to sit and wait it out. There is no way of escape.

"[1] Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
[2] As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
[3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
[4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
[5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
[6] Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
[7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
[8] And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
[9] But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
[10] Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." First Peter 2:1-10
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    Black Cilice 'Mysteries'

it is impossible to grow spiritually without prayer

It is now in the ice snow flow 11:50 AM late Sunday morning. I have been seeking to read this morning from a book titled, "Alone With God" by Dom Jean Leclercq. I came across this that I want to quote from this excellent little book-

"Those who come to the hermitage from secular life or from a monastery must be formed in prayer before all else, for if a man who has been sufficiently instructed does not then devote at least half an hour daily to prayer, he cannot persevere in our life. It is impossible to grow spiritually without prayer as it is to grow physically without food. Prayer makes the mind return with renewed vigor to reading and meditation, while the latter in turn foster prayer. These three activities imply one another and are mutually helpful. A man is a hermit in name only if he does not devote himself daily to reading, to meditation, and to prayer. Each of these three acts of prayer must have its own characteristic feature: studiosa lectio, ordinate meditatio, devota oratio-careful reading, well-ordered meditation, devout prayer. Reading must be attentive, not superficial. Meditation is an effort at reflection, requiring that the mind should not wander but should fix its attention on very definite dogmatic and moral considerations. Prayer proceeds from it and takes the form of a direct conversation with God inspired by Him. For here again the only master is the Lord. No book can teach us to speak to Him: only the Holy Spirit can suggest how we should adore God and lament our sins. We must remain supple to His actions. We must choose the time when the spirit is most tranquil and free and let grace act. Then occasionally we will be granted contemplation. The rhythm of this process, however, varies according to the character of each soul and according to God's gifts to it. Happy are those for whom but a brief reading and a short meditation are sufficient to raise them up a prolonged state of prayer! Happy are those who then become rapt in contemplation, that state proper to the angels and the blessed in heaven, but sometimes granted by Almighty God to those who, though in the body, practice a perfection verging on that of the angels! Their nature is then raised beyond its proper powers. Their spirit enjoys the sweetness of God. Blessed are those whose nature often suffers such violence and who experience such raptures for a longer time, if indeed it can last long." pg. 85,86 "Alone with God"
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    contemplative contemplative