Showing posts with label #10MinuteDailyRetreat. Show all posts
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26 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat 5th Station: Jesus is judged by Pilate


Being judged and wrongly declared guilty is a horrible experience. I had a taste of this once when a valuable item went missing in my share household and everything pointed to me.

It's equally as devastating when you are judged and victimised for standing up for something you believe in. A sense of our own powerlessness can make us feel incredibly vulnerable and rejected.

What kind of God is willingly vulnerable to the opinions and judgements of humans? Standing before Pilate, was Jesus thinking about the divine power He could invoke to escape from the fate of death? Read on: 




24 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Fourth (Scriptural) Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter

Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly. Matthew 26: 69-75
  

When Jesus first met Peter, He fixed his gaze upon him and said, 'You are Simon, son of John; you will be called Peter'. (John 1:42)That was an experience of the grace of God in giving the fisherman a new vocation to proclaim the love and mercy of God.
Later on, Peter had a unique experience of grace with James and John when they witnessed the Transfiguration whereby the body of Jesus was transformed by Light. Matthew 17:1-13
Despite experiencing miracles, healings and the Transfiguration, Peter was still full of fear of death and therefore denied knowing Jesus in the courtyard. Read on: https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/

19 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Third Station (Scriptural) Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. 
They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.”
He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”
All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” 
He said to them, “You say that I am.” 
Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!” 


By the time Jesus got to the Sanhedrin, he had been deserted by his closest friends and betrayed by one of his disciples. Now he is standing before the Sanhedrin –the leaders of the people of God; priests of the Temple; God’s representatives on earth; defenders of the faith; shepherds of God's people. Of all, these should have recognised Him for who He was – the Son of God; if their eyes had been open! But they were not. These men were full of pride and greed and could not see that their God stood before them.

How easy it is for us to stand in condemnation of their blindness.... 
Read on: https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/


12 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat- 1st Station (Scriptural) of the Cross: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane



The 10 Minute Daily Retreat will focus on the Scriptural Stations of the Cross during Lent, posting on Sundays and Fridays, and each day during Holy Week. 

Let us stay awake together because we all know that "that our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.”

Jesus chose to leave Peter and the two sons of Zebedee while He advanced into the garden to pray. He clearly felt the need to be alone with His Father in His final hour. 

When He returned to find his disciples asleep, why did He challenge them? 
Did He really need their support to manage His sorrow and distress? Read on: 
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5 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Lent - "Can you drink this cup...?"

...“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”  “We can,” they answeredMatthew 20:22

I’m a nurse; I’ve seen people suffer. I’ve helped calm women as they experience the agony of childbirth.  I’ve administered morphine when the pain of cancer becomes too much to bare. I’ve held a mother as she wailed after the death of her child.

James and John want prestige, position and favouritism from Jesus. Instead he offers them suffering! And they accepted it. They went on to experience terrible suffering, and they persevered and endured.

Do we dare to sit before Jesus and allow Him to ask us, 'can you drink of this cup?'

During this season of Lent...read on: https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/ 

19 Feb 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Sacred Space Matthew 6:6



Susanna Wesley, the mother of the famous preachers John and Charles, gave birth to nineteen children and lived in a tiny house. The only place she could retreat to pray was the corner of her kitchen. Her children knew that when she sat there with her face hidden behind her apron, woe betide anyone who disturbed her. This was her sacred space.

The word, sacrosanct, first came into use around the 15th Century. It virtually disappeared from everyday English for a few hundred years, making a comeback in recent times. It is derived from two Latin words: sacro 'by a sacred rite' and sanctus, 'holy.' Read on: susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au

12 Feb 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Beloved 'your love is better than wine,'

Beloved:
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine,
3     your anointing oils are fragrant,
your name is perfume poured out;
    therefore the maidens love you.
4 Draw me after you, let us make haste.
The king has brought me into his chambers...
7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
    where you pasture your flock,
    where you make it lie down at noon;
I tapped impatiently on the steering wheel, waiting for the church car park to clear. It had been a long, hot Service and I felt totally washed out. The sermon had urged us to seek an experience of spiritual renewal. There was nothing fresh about my spirit. Physically tired from long shifts, mentally drained from study and emotionally wrecked from house sharing, there was little room for spiritual growth.
In my naivety I didn’t recognize this very place as God's watering hole. My voiceless surrender that my search for Him was way too hard opened a spiritual door. 

29 Jan 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Celtic Skin


Reflection by Susanne Timpani
'The sun has played havoc on your Celtic skin.' Dr Raju tilted her head.
I'd never considered myself a member of the Celtic clan before. For a moment I felt I had been plucked from their midst and deposited into my current, sunburnt, country.
'The cream will irritate, redden, wrinkle, blotch and burn your skin,' she muttered as her hand swept across her script pad, 'but it will halt the changes to your cells and prevent skin cancer... 
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If I take the wings of the morning
    and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me fast.

16 Oct 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: October - Gift of Knowledge

“I the Lord search the heart
    and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
    according to what their deeds deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:10
The gift of knowledge is summed up beautifully in this passage. It is like an heirloom of jewelry sometimes given to European children – each receive a piece that is similar in its element and age but the jewelry itself is different depending on the child’s position in the family. 

The youngest child might receive a bracelet. The middle child might receive a necklace. The eldest child might receive their mother’s wedding ring. 

In the same way, the Lord gives us various capacity of knowledge according to where he born us in society. He expects us to use this gift to the best of our ability.

Overall, the gift of knowledge is the appreciation of the heirloom that God has given to us – not wishing for the wedding ring if we were given the bracelet but using the full value of the wedding ring if we have been entrusted with it. 

Importantly, it is the willingness to spend the value the heirloom in deeds deserving of His reward.

2 Oct 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat October: Spiritual Gift of Knowledge

'From the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.' Colossians 1: 9

Reflection by Malcolm Davies
When I was first a Christian I was convinced that I would grow so rapidly that I would be totally mature and integrated within a few years.

The reality was that each small part of growth would be followed by a challenge where I realised that my growth would be very slow.

One book that helped me on my journey was Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila. In that book Teresa describes the journey to spiritual maturity and how long it would take. 

I felt encouraged because I could see in my own life some growth that she described and challenged because there were insights that I could not embrace at this part of my journey. 

I have come to realise that God is patient and I have to be patient with myself, and others, as well. Read on: http://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/

25 Sep 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: September - Gift of Courage

He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:40



Reflection by Willam Barclay

'God gives us peace when life's problems involve us in a tempest of doubt and tension and uncertainty. There come times when we do not know what to do; when we stand at some cross-roads in life and do not know which way to take. 

If then we turn to Jesus and say to him, "Lord, what will you have me do?" the way will be clear. The real tragedy is not that we do not know what to do; but that often we do not humbly submit to Jesus' guidance. To ask his will and to submit to it is the way to peace at such a time.

God gives us peace in the storms of anxiety. The chief enemy of peace is worry, worry for ourselves, worry about the unknown future, worry about those we love. 

But Jesus speaks to us of a Father whose hand will never cause his child a needless tear and of a love beyond which neither we nor those we love can ever drift. In the storm of life He brings us the peace of the love of God.

18 Sep 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: September - Gift of Courage

'...we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.'1 Thessalonians 2:2














At the vigil mass during the recent world youth day in Poland, Pope Francis called on young people today to be ‘courageous and free’ and to ‘leave a mark’ on our world. It takes courage to leave a mark!

What does courage look like for a Christian in today's society? It means standing for truth in a society where truth is reinterpreted according to one’s view; Read on: http://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/

4 Sep 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: August - Gift of Courage

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and self-control.
 2 Timothy 1: 7
Reflection by Malcolm Davies:
When I was younger I worked in a team in the public service who were all young men and we decided to have a team lunch.

Some of the men wanted to go to a “topless” lunch place. I said I would not be going as it was disrespectful to women. One of them replied that women were part of creation and therefore what was I worried about. There was a lot of tension between some of the men and myself.

I agreed that women were part of creation and therefore should be honoured and respected and that for that reason I would not be going with them...read on:
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28 Aug 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: August - Gift of Right Judgement

The word paraclete means someone who stands by to help. It can be used of a witness, or an advocate to plead our cause.

In the Gospel, the Holy Spirit is referred to as the paraclete. In the day of trouble, we don't need to fear. No less a person than the Holy Spirit of God stands by to help.

We just need to trust.

When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how[a] you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.”

20 Aug 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Ugly or Lovely? Spiritual Gift of Counsel

In an effort to remind us to have the good judgement to not judge His children, as our eyes can only see a portion of the whole, our concentration should be on developing OUR best self.

I envision God reinforcing this gift through Kenneth Slessor's poem: William Street. 'You find it ugly, I find it lovely.'


Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.  Psalm 139:23



Read on: http://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/

31 Jul 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Spiritual Gift of Understanding Reflection 3

Life's path is never straight.  There may be smooth stretches, but they don’t last. A dead end causes our plans to screech to a halt. A fork in the road forces us to make an unexpected decision. A hidden obstacle trips us up.  If we fall hard enough, the injury is not only painfully inconvenient, but sometimes it signals the end.


Or does it? Would it make any difference if we followed the voice of a trusted Global Positioning System? (GPS) This examines all the possible routes and – within its robotic limitations – directs us away from the no through roads and back onto the path.

If we switched on our inner GPS, by sitting in quiet prayer, we are likely to hear the Voice of God. However, there is one significant difference...

19 Jun 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Spiritual Gifts; Wisdom

I'm working on a new novel and I've struggled to understand the fundamental motivation of one of my own characters.

I know what he wants, but not why. I've had to 'interview' him virtually non-stop for over a week. While I walked, drove, cooked, stared into the computer…I've felt like shaking him, 'why? Why do you desire this goal? It's a crazy goal, but you desperately want it. Why?'

You and I desire many things; a healthy body, a successful novel, recognition in the workplace, a stable income, loving relationships. None of these are bad. Many of these God desires for us.

Wisdom is knowing that if our fundamental desire is for God, He knows best which of these desires He will satisfy.



'Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all these will be given you.' Matthew 6:33

12 Jun 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: The Gift of Wisdom Reflection 3

Wisdom Reflection by Malcolm Davies
I've spent many working hours traveling around the country, waiting in airports.
The most powerful experiences of prayer were facing the rising sun out of the windows at Adelaide airport.
Those opportunities opened me to the gift of Wisdom - the integration of spirit and flesh.

The one who gets wisdom loves life; Proverbs 19:8

5 Jun 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Gift of Wisdom

Reflection by Louise Crossley
When I think of the Gift of Wisdom, I think of the famous poem 'Even this shall pass away.' It follows the life of a king and his happy and sad occasions through life.
While this king has many opportunities to satisfy his desires, he realises that everything in this world is temporary. In the end, even death shall pass away.
                                                                                                                                                    Wisdom is knowing that in the end...
'Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you.' Psalm 73:25
Wisdom is knowing that God alone can give us this desire....and that it's a free gift.
Struck with palsy, sore and old,
Waiting at the Gates of Gold,
Said he with his dying breath,
“Life is done, but what is Death?”
Then, in answer to the king,
Fell a sunbeam on his ring,
Showing by a heavenly ray,
“Even this shall pass away.”
–Theodore Tilton

1 Jun 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: June - Gift of Wisdom

Who doesn't enjoy a beautiful wedding? Our senses are delighted with music, food, flowers, the colours and textures of fabrics, the transforming impact of hairstyles and makeup and the elegance of jewellery. Our spirit is lifted by the palpable joy between the couple.

Like any event, weddings don't just happen. Hours of hard work, negotiation - conflict management - and careful planning have set the scene. My own wedding preparation was no different. When we requested a non-traditional hymn in the church repertoire, the musician obliged, but not before muttering, 'that's an odd choice of song for a wedding.'

The Past: What We Know, What We Don'’t

I was writing about cancer and medical knowledge we've accumulated over the last few millennia, when I realized that I'd gotten mo...