Purity; Devotion to the Holy Spirit

Today’s intent is Purity and a day of Devotion to the Holy Spirit. There are many opinions, perspectives, theories and theological philosophies regarding the Holy Ghost. The debating of men and their religions can have their way with that. But if we are intending on devoting ourselves to recognize more fully and nurture that spiritual side of our being, then we, for ourselves need some truth, thoughts for focus as to what we believe.

Quite simply, we are the physical vehicles, matter, for the Holy Spirit, the soul, the Spark of the Divine. It may be difficult for some or many, to have understanding or wrap our heads around these things, spiritual things, as our senses, for the most part, do not recognize outside of the physical, but the will and those senses can work in conjunction with Holy Spirit. For the “comforter” is with us.Outside the boundaries of structured, societal thinking exists the mystical, the spiritual.

1Cor. “Do you not know your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?”

Do you not know your bodies are members of Christ?”

So with an intentional focus of purity today, “control your own body in holiness and honor.” 1Thes.4 This is purity.

Purity is something with great depth and it would be immensely difficult in our humanness to arrive at naturally. This is another reason to recognize what dwells within us.

I read somewhere “the battle for purity is fought deep in the recesses of the heart.” Keeping Purity in good perspective, we do not have to be prudes without pleasure. So in our humanness, we understanding this point can grow forward. For where your heart is there you are. What have you in your heart today? “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart.”

A Blessing-

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

New Year – Solemnity of Mary

A New Year – The Solemnity of Mary

There was a movement in the history of the ancient church, when the council of Ephesus defined the Divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos. The truth of her Divine maternity. The folks of that time would invoke her by calling out her name three times saying, “Mother of God, Mother of God, Mother of God!”

May she, the Holy Spirit dwell with you.

The Beatles had a way of invoking her as well; “When I find myself in times of trouble mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”

In Matthew some excerpts:

Ye are the light of the world! Let your lights shine for His glory.” Do good for each other without expectation or the need for notoriety.

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them, otherwise ye have no reward of your father in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, (when we do good works), do not sound a trumpet before them as the hypocrites.”

There is a light of life within each of us, a Divine Spark, and we have opportunity each day to do something for another, as small as it may seem at times. The intention should be with a humble and unconditional loving heart, not for fanfare or marquis lights saying look what I did. We all want to be acknowledged and accolade for good works done and that is fine but humbly, not under the sneaky disguise and shadows of pride.

The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Be ye perfect…”

The light of the body is the eye, not eyes plural. If thine eye be single, what does that mean? This is one of those occasions of the esoteric side of what we can discover in the stories of the bible. There are always varying opinions. Some say it means to think only Christ-like, which is fair, understandable and literal. The pineal gland is sometimes referred to as this single eye and there is plenty of information to corroborate this line of thought. Depending where you are in your own spiritual journey, ultimately the discovery of these things are up to you to decide for yourselves.

In any case the general idea is made, let your light shine, good works done with a humble heart. Call it karma, or you will reap what you sow. In this new year, this new day, from the moment we rise to the moment we end our day we are filled with decisions to make. From the simple to the great, it is life. We talk this time of the year about resolutions and new plans, with the arrogance that we have the year in our hands already. Tomorrow is not promised. Have you been given a guarantee? The pomp and circumstance of celebration is over, now what?

This new day and each that you are gifted have in them the good, bad and the ugly to occupy your time and energy. You don’t have to wait for the celebration of a New Year to understand that each day is a celebration of life. There will be many today who will finish there days and many who will begin there first, this is life. The revolutions of the soul, the cycle of our lives take place regardless of celebrations. This is not to take away from the joys of celebration but it is the reality of life.

CARPE DIEM!!! Seize the day, for we know not our time and these moments are all we truly have, ever moving onward. Remember to let your light shine.

©Divine Spark

Who Is Thy Neighbor?

There is a story in the bible in Luke 10 beginning at verse 25, of a lawyer and Jesus having a conversation and in the conversation the lawyer questions Jesus about what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus encourages the lawyer into answering his own question based on the Jewish law. The answer was to Love God with all our heart, soul and all our strength, along with Loving thy neighbor as thyself. Jesus commends him for his correct reply and the lawyer then asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor”?

Who is your neighbor?

Jesus replies by telling the story of a man who was robbed of his possessions, beat up and left along the side of the road half dead. Passers-by come along a priest, who steers himself to the other side of the road so as to avoid the man and a levite who does the same, but a Samaritan, good one I say, stopped and showed compassion for the man, even taking him out of his way to an inn to be cared for at his cost.

Wow! How many of you have inconvenienced yourselves to do something like that for someone?

Now this story comes to a close when Jesus asks the lawyer, “which one of the three was neighbor to the man that fell prey to the thieves”? The lawyer replies, “the Samaritan that showed mercy to the man”, and Jesus replies back to the lawyer, “go and do likewise.”

What possessed the Samaritan to inconvenience himself like that, spending his precious time, money and going out of his way to get the dying man to the inn? Have you ever inconvenienced yourself like that, with no expectation of return? What stirred him to show mercy and assist the dying man?

It was Love. The recognition of the spark of life, that gift we all have in common and the willingness so the Grace could work through him, to give up himself to attend to another. That’s Love.

Now this bible story was a spot-on, ripe analogy to share this “who is thy neighbor”, question; today more than ever. In catastrophe, we hear stories like this but the need is far greater than occasional.

I’m sure that for most of us we have assisted in some ways family and friends but a perfect stranger, lying half dead on the side of the road, not likely we have had that experience. We judge and think we know sometimes, the ego can have it’s way with us like that, but I think what stops for instance the priest and the levite, what stopped them was fear. Fear to get involved, fear to extend themselves out of their comfort zones or fear of the unknown. The Samaritan was a warrior and the power of Love worked through him to show mercy and assist his neighbor.

Fear and Love cannot occupy your thoughts at the same time, they cannot exist together and if you try, you will be in conflict with yourself and this is where many occupy themselves, in conflict. Should I, could I and I would have but. The power of Love is far greater than most realize. The depth and scope is beyond human understanding, for it reaches out from the very Pure Love of the Divine and works through us and sometimes whether we like it or not. Love is a reality of things eternal.

From “Layman’s Terms” page 41 danielprovost©

Renewal of Heart – Change

“When one door closes another opens, but man it can be really dark in the hallway.” I recently saw this on social media and it really resonated with me personally. I thought how it all revolves around change and our acceptance of it or the pain of our resistance to it. The chaos that can sometimes surround it or the ease of a peaceful transition.

Trusting in the natural flow, in our intuition, in our faith is really required in change and that in turn creates an aura of vulnerability. Who wants to subject themselves to that?
Life is continuous action, everything is constantly moving and if we are not participating in that, more than likely it is because we are resisting something. Putting ourselves “out there” in the movement, is the greatest place of this vulnerability. This is life. There are many who have the ability, means or resources to shelter themselves in a place of comfort, a “comfort zone”, but change will come to all regardless, as it is inevitable. The majority though, do not have those options and must adjust in each moment, hour, day or whatever is required. Some must be concerned just with survival and where they will lay their head in the coming night.

We see in the media, in our government in the world how so much is caught up in the negativity of things and we lose sight of the beauty that is all around us. In the simplest of things to the grandest. “Where your heart is, there you are.” “When one of us suffers, we all suffer.” Yes, here is where the power of Love comes into play.

I write, post and share constantly of this “Power of Love.” For the most part the response that comes from it is from the female persuasion. In this discovery I believe I have been given a gift that I have tried to share but is not recognized and that is that they have an ability greater than men to deal with change, even courageous and fearless, with renewal of heart. I know I can’t make this as a blanket statement but in my own discovery this has been almost undeniable. Intimacy and commitment are causes to some extent, sometimes deception to acquire a means, but for the most part intimacy and commitment. Showing someone who we truly are absolutely opens us to vulnerability. This is also a roadblock to change. We easily become creatures of habit, especially as we age and become, “set in our ways.” I know this, as I myself, experience what I share here.

“AMOR VINCIT OMNIA” Love conquers all. Whether change be good, bad or indifferent, coming from a place of Love, the vulnerability becomes ability, chaos becomes peace and resistance becomes acceptance. A renewal of heart means change and should it come to you now, tomorrow or whenever, may you know then the “Power of Love.” ©danielprovost

Seeing And Fear

Seeing and Fear.

“St. John 14:16-cont. Jesus said unto His disciples: “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him;but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you…….Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Let not your heart be afraid. Simple request. Keeping things simple not a difficult thing to understand, but we don’t do that. In our humanness and structured thinking we think we know and when we thing we know we create and when we create we structure and when that structure is questioned we are confused and when we are confused we feel uncertain and when we are uncertain we are anxious and when we are anxious we become concerned as to what we are doing wrong, where or what we are missing, and there is something wrong with us and fearful. Decisions become fear based and as this great complicating effect consumes us we no longer see, simply the way, even in simple things in life.

The eye does not see, no your eyes are just transmitters to the brain, but yet we see. It is the inner eye. These essences of things that we don’t talk about much openly as they are the things of the Divine, the spiritual, the mystical, the esoteric, when in fact they can in a kind of simpleness be understood. Do you understand that? We do not speak of them openly as they may seem queer and unusual to the norm of your structuring, of societal structuring. The dictates and perspectives of other men, governments and what have you. Even the Truth, as was said in the Gospel, even when it is the Truth, it may confuse our structured thinking. When you have some thing or situation, event that conflicts or causes struggle and you take just a moment and close your transmitters, eliminate temporarily your structured thinking, what is left? Without the creation of the structure there can be nothing but the Truth left, nothing for conflict. Now when you open your transmitters, what exists in front of you? Someone waiting for a response maybe? Well what are you going to do about it? And you think, do about what? Intuitively knowing how to handle things that used to baffle you , or not.
This is the Spirit in action, pure Love, Divine Love unconditioned to worldly things. The soul already knows these things, we need only awaken to them. To see, not as the world thinks it sees, but as ye know.

The discoveries are your own for the finding, not mine or any others’ perspective. Don’t follow me, walk with me. The Flame of everlasting Love, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, Mother will take you and guide you, like a Lover to pleasures unimaginable to the structured thinker. You may have read through the bible hundreds of times, or any other book, found things confusing, unbelievable, foreign or whatever, but the 101st time knowing now this pearl you may discover something you never did before, even the Truth!”

Come From A Place of Love

#04713-Low Sunday – Daniel Provost

After two thousand plus years we continue with what the Lord Jesus “hath willed us” to celebrate and pray, to “do this in remembrance of Me.” Recently in one of the reflections I posted to the internet, we are not forced to believe, the Divine does not force us to believe. We have a free will to do, think as we please, but if we do not believe, to whom will we pray? The Love of the Divine is, well, omniscient-everything.

You know I used to follow this priest(Fr.Corapi), Roman Catholic, on the TV, internet and he did retreats and appearances everywhere. I admired him, related to him and his prior life before the priesthood, but when he talked hellfire and damnation, I would shake my head. Recently I posted something from him that was a real eye opener, “ The greatest sin, or the sin of the century is that we lose the sense of sin.” …………………….
We call it something else to ease the pain of the thought. Ego, self-will run riot. We will be humbled. ………………………………………..He too has experienced this humbling.
Well I will tell you for myself and what mine eyes have seen, my ears have heard and what I truly believe is that everyone sins, period. Recognize it, except it and let it go, let God. Everyone who takes on this robe of flesh does it, they sin. No one is exempt in this human nature. The Divine knows this, and hence, the”lamb was slain”, but hellfire and damnation, not for one minute, would negate the sacrifice, negate the Love of the Lord.

Love, Hope, Peace and Light, absolutely. Here’s the thing, our actions, especially those of a sinful nature, carry a consequence, results and an equal and opposite reaction. Your negativity will be reacted to with positivity and there in, is the conflict, the loss of that peace that passeth understanding. We are not always privy to, or see the result, as it may come in other form or consequence, not at that moment, or at a later time. When we wrong someone, or fail to help someone, there is a consequence guaranteed.

We will make ourselves crazy to think of our own efforts, that we can achieve acting without sin, but we can strive to be of Love and Light, come from a place of Love. By Grace we are saved, that Divine Spark that dwells within us also keeps us connected to the source. He dwells within us, the Living Christ. Working through us, working with us and sometimes in spite of us.
Some of you may think or say, Well I don’t see that in some people! Walk a mile in their moccasins. The Divine does not force us to recognize that which dwells within us or in others. Like the rough edged stone goes down the stream and at some point comes out as a beautiful polished stone. We too through our lives are tried and tested, we may come to an understanding of this now or later in another time. Have you not seen or experienced, been stunned or amazed that through someone, who by appearance would never be obvious, may even seem sick or wicked or dirty, and through them the Grace of God works something wonderful even miraculous?

1Timothy 3:16
“God was manifest in the flesh (Jesus), justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory.”

May the Love and Light of the Lord fill your hearts, your minds and souls in these moments we share together, through the course of this day and always.
May your hearts be opened to channel unto others this Love and Light of the Living Christ. Amen.

A Simple Moment

“Watched the sunrise this morning. Haven’t done that for a while. A new appreciation came over me, and in the quiet of my mind I thought, all things are new. Thank you for another day, another chance to think, to see, to feel, to taste, to hear and to smell all that life puts before me. The beauty of the rising Sun and the warmth even as distant as it is. And then I felt the Presence, God was right there with me showing me and telling me these simplest of things and asking me, why do you complicate everything so much? Be happy in these simple treasures and in all other things you will find what has value and what does not. For this morning I realized that the Love and gratitude I felt for what seemed like just a few moments was an eternal and Divine connection that only I drift from while living in this world.” Pg. 41 Layman’s Terms ©Daniel Provost

Continuous Action

Continuous Action

Examine ourselves justly and discern clearly our faults. May we truly amend them and prepare ourselves. 1Cor. 5:9… “Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of Love and peace shall be with you.”

I have often said to myself why do this only during Lent and not all the time and the truth is, we should. What Lent does is remind us that if we have strayed from the path, it is a good time to refocus and check ourselves. It is no mystery that our actions have an equal and opposite reaction, that our decisions have results and or consequences.

Each year we relive and are reminded of the ways and truths of our faith through the activities of the church calender and the traditions and life experience that coincides with it. Every year it is a reacquainting with the material. We can remember certain things but to consume and hold on to all of it would stall the ongoing flow and continuous action of all around us. Continuous action is the key. If you put your bible down and stop revisiting the material over time, stop practicing what lessons we collect, we will lose our memory of these things, certainly not all of it as we have certain passages and parts that have struck us for various reasons.

Have you had a job and went on a long vacation, when you come back you have to reaffirm yourself and it usually takes some period of time to get back in the rhythm of what you know. Better yet when was the last time you used Algebra and were you able to apply it recently?

So too we must practice continually, the lessons, the knowledge that keeps us on the path of that which is wrought of God. Today we remind ourselves to take a look, a time for self-examination. It is for you a chance to correct, to plant new seeds and to make amends, “our deeds to be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Daniel Provost

The Fire of Love

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not Love, I am become a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” 1Cor 13;1…
“Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first and the first last; for many are called, but few chosen.” Matt 20;1

What do these words mean and why are we confused with these parables, symbolism, analogy and allegory? Some say these were ways to keep truths protected from the negative sides of our nature. The yin, the bad wolf, the ego of the self.
Maybe a shield from the pride of our fallen nature.
Love rebukes the parts of us that don’t recognize Love’s power. The fire of Love shows us the way to an understanding of these things and the Holy Spirit rides on the very breath of Love.

As we near the beginnings of another season of Lent, Spring approaches as well. A time for self-examination and a time to plant the seeds of Love as well, as the seeds, that come harvest time will bring the fruition of our works, both spiritually and in the gardens of our lives. And while this time has these suggested intentions, looking will reveal our will, what drives us in our thought processes and decision making. Ego based decisions and their manifestation through our actions, do not come with a guarantee that by our wills, Blessings or Grace generally or of a Sacrament, will be validated or channeled as such. It is not to say that Love, God’s Love, is any less, or does not allow or accept our choices, only that it is your will not the Creator’s.
The varying energies in each of us differ in men and women and as such the process of nature has it’s course to take. When we tamper with that, willfully, it is a choice. We, being part of nature, Divine Creation, are not exempt from it’s due course and when we disrupt it or tamper with it, there are results and or consequences. We see it in our lives, society, on our planet and in the cosmos. The essence of God, of Love is all around us as well as within. Coming from this place of Love, the Love that is our intention, what is spoken of in 1Cor 13:1, is a basic construct or part of this very essence that we are all part of, being like unto God, or being Christ-like in our comings and goings. Last week we were reminded of the two most important commandments, “upon which all the others rest and the prophets.” 1. To Love God with all that we know and all that we are in this existence and 2. To Love each other or “our neighbor” this same way.
You are not more valuable than your neighbor, nor he you. A spark of the Divine dwells in all, same value. Material, knowledge, financial ability and NOTHING OF THIS PHYSICAL PLANE CAN CHANGE THE POWER OF LOVE, GOD’S LOVE.
And if a thought should creep in and try to convince you different, rebuke it, that is the ego and of want, for now you know better. Unto God’s gracious Love you are committed.”
The Divine Spark c Daniel Provost

The Spirit of Fellowship

The Baptism of the Lord. A baptism of fellowship and we too, by this Sacrament, are initiated into the fellowship of Christ.
Fellowship is our intention today. Fellowship meaning, with our Creator, with our fellowman through the mystical body His church and growing therefrom, into the fullness of Love, unity of spirit, in the bond of Peace and righteousness of life. This is a lesson “hold the Faith” in unity of the spirit.

Unity is necessary for fellowship. Through our Faith in God we have this unity of spirit. The million dollar question is , how do we maintain that when we interact in the world, in our daily lives and struggles. A mystery.
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man…”

~ Albert Einstein ~

We are here today like-minded, here to worship in unity, a fellowship. Should the intensity of that be true and heartfelt, surely the outpouring of Grace and Blessings are multiplied. The Holy Eucharist being an ordered sequence of action, awakens us to a fuller knowledge of our spiritual heritage. Each and every person present at the Eucharist has a vital part to play. The congregation represents the world and the celebrant represents us to Christ as well as Christ to us. Your bodies, souls and spirit are all offered as part of this unified celebration. The instruments, Liturgy, music as tools and supportive of this fellowship in Faith. Your levels of Love and devotion are revealed. The mystery of the Eucharist is the Divine not only giving each of us in Holy Communion, spiritual sustenance, but allowing us to participate in the process, in the outpouring.

Some say the greater the fellowship, the size of the gathering, the greater the outpouring, but this is only true and directly effected by the level of Love and devotion that is offered up in prayer and worship. From the words of CWL in Science of the Sacraments, “It cannot be too strongly emphasized that the intelligent co-operation of the congregation with the Priest is a most valuable factor in this great work, for a grand outpouring of force and a magnificent and effective collective thought-form can be made by a gathering who join heartily in a Holy Eucharist service.”
So as small as some congregations may be, coming from a place of Love, devotion and focus on the Liturgy, can surely be effective as some of the larger congregations who know not these levels of devotion and Love.

I don’t believe I have shared this story with you yet and I will give the extremely short version, but as a young boy about ten, I was in attendance at a Midnight Mass not at my normal Roman Catholic church, but a small obscure little church, where I was corralled to be a Crozier bearer and it was one of the most powerful Holy Eucharist celebrations I had ever experienced, small that it was, maybe 20 people at the most, it is forever burned in to the heart-spaces of my being and when I close my eyes and think on those moments, I can smell the incense, I can feel the comforting warmth and Love permeating from all present, I can see the vestments and candles all lit up on the alter, I can hear the liturgy in Latin not only this time but from times before. Point being, a very powerful fellowship, Faithful fellowship, in unity of spirit, there to know and connect with the Divine, our source, the Creator, the great mystery. There was an outpouring so great it awakened something in me that I knew not what to do, but only bask in the joys and Love that was truly heavenly. I knew fellowship that day. I knew the Divine that day and I felt where I had come from and where I will one day return and I knew it with all certainty.