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Focusing on the Good Stuff

Posted by Jennifer Mata on March 14, 2016 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I get Ripples: pebbles, boulders and ponders from Paul Wesselmann, The Ripples Guy, every Monday. This Monday, I really liked the Ponder he shared and thought I would share it here with you. It resonates with me so deeply, both in the way I tend to view life and the way I feel others tend to view me. 

 

Ponder

 

It's an unfortunate fact of life that the bad stuff stands out more than the good stuff. ...

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Good News People

Posted by Jennifer Mata on March 10, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


As the Lenten season was about to begin, I received an email from my parish, offering a Good News People experience for those interested in participating. It's a 14-week experience in which we meet once a week, with a small-group of others also interested in renewing their faith...

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Strengthen your Faith and Let go

Posted by Jennifer Mata on September 23, 2013 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

  “As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.”

 

― Emmanuel Teney

Children's Books: War

Posted by Jennifer Mata on September 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been meaning to get working on a project I have had in mind, for sometime now: writing children's books on spiritual topics. I have a list of topics, and a preliminary draft mostly in my head, of what I want the books to be about, but I still need to develop a character, of course a young child, and then delve into writing the grabbing and thought provoking stories.


I bumped into

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September 11

Posted by Jennifer Mata on September 12, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Remembering September 11 still makes me sad. It's been 12 years and I still cringe at the thought of it. The opening to my book's chapter 1, begins with referencing  "past and recent terrorists attacks", and then moves to the more currents threats of war and how killing others because we want to overpower them and impose our points of view, is at the root of not living a spiritual life (remember the topi...

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Questions to Grow Spiritually

Posted by Jennifer Mata on August 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I came across this video today and thought the questions possed were interesting. In the video, Oprah interviews three spiritual gurus and asks them to pose questions we should be asking ourselves on a daily basis to gain spiritual growth. The questions are:


1. On Intentionality and how intentions impact our journey:

What do I want to accomplish in my spiritual life? What are my intentions?


2. On being happy:

Would I rather be right or would I r...

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Catholicism

Posted by Jennifer Mata on February 4, 2010 at 6:02 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been thinking lately about what it means to me when I say I am Catholic. If I try to contextualize it, I understand that being Catholic here in the US, in Venezuela and in, lets say, Rome, means very different things. And even within those cultures there are degrees and variations of what is categorized as Catolic and what it really means. If I compare myself to traditional Catholics, I know they would say I am not one, at least not one of them.


I came to embrace Catho...

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Letting God drive

Posted by Jennifer Mata on June 11, 2009 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (2)

I'm trying to stop the urge to control, direct, over think, reason and understand everything that happens and that which I want happening. So when I bumped into these yesterday and this morning, I thought they were a great place to start my change process.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3; 5-6

"Ask, and it shall be given you;
...

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What about Atheists?

Posted by Jennifer Mata on June 3, 2009 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

I've been reading this book called "Secrets" by Paul Tournier. It was written in 1965 and provides examples and cases which seem quite outdated and sometimes too stereotypical and biased. But I guess the author could only portray the view of an educated, White, heterosexual man living in Europe in a post IIWW era. 

Tournier posits that a child in order to truly develop into an individual, separate and unique from the parent, needs to learn to keep some things to himself; the ch...

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Hmmm, what do you think?

Posted by Jennifer Mata on February 3, 2009 at 9:49 PM Comments comments (0)
I'm reading Sylvia Browne's book "If you could see what I see" and just bumped into this "While you may have fulfilled that horrendous learning curve, it's what you do with it that brings about spirituality." (p. 50)

After reading this, I could not but start asking myself some questions: Is spirituality brought about? Prompted? Is it a result of someth...
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