The Eternal Presence

The Eternal in the Present

All the events of life, even such dark events as war, famine and flood, violence and murder, are not irreversible fatalities. Each moment is like a seed that carries within itself the possibility of becoming the moment of change. . . . We no longer need to run from present time in search of the place where we think life is really happening. We begin to have a truer vision of the world and of our lives in relationship to time and eternity. We begin to glimpse something of eternity in time. At this point boredom falls away and the joyful and painful moments of our lives take on new and profound meaning. It is then that we know that for us time is becoming transparent.

The contemplative life, therefore, is not a life that offers a few good moments between the many bad ones, but a life that transforms all our time into a window through which the invisible world becomes visible. Fr. Henri Nouwen

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Matthew 10:7-15: Jesus said to his apostles. . ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out the demons. Without you have received: without cost you are to give.   . .”

    Eve Lavaliere was a well known opera singer in Paris in the late part of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth. She felt her heart convicted one day, and gave her life to Jesus. No religious order would take her because she was so famous. She became a third order Franciscan.     In the years following, she volunteered  as a lay nurse in Tunisia, She died on July 10, 1929  with   no money, in a flea bag of a hotel, no friends, alone, she was “the happiest person in the world.”

    Eve had a “revolution of the heart,” she entered into the “present moment,” and found love in every part of the world. She ended up with nothing, but in truth she had everything.

    “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” :

“The contemplative life, therefore, is not a life that offers a few good moments between the many bad ones, but a life that transforms all our time into a window through which the invisible world becomes visible.”

    Go deep within yourselves, and turn your hearts to God’s presence and his call to “love our neighbor.”

    And as our life “transforms all our time into a window through which the invisible world becomes visible;,” no matter our health, housing, or financial conditions we will be “the happiest person in the world.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.,D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

    

 

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