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Old Sep 8, '10, 11:17 am
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Default Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall see God.

The little drummer boy.

He wasn't asking for something for himself,
but for another. He loved his little lamb,
who had been injured, as he himself was
injured in his heart.

http://www.misfittoys.net/gallery/dr...rummerboy3.jpg

How often the meek are the pure in heart.
Maybe, too, the meek are the single-hearted.

Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall see God.

'And the last shall be first.' Why? Because the last
keep not their eyes on their possessions, nor on their status in life.
The last often have neither. Thus, they can more quickly respond to Godhead,
when He appears. Not weighed down with the goods of life - and the
care of these possessions, the last remain single-hearted,
and more quickly hear the voice of God.

"My sheep hear My voice."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZvjP...eature=related

And the Shepherd renews life, in the little lamb, who was run down
by the multi-hearted.
For He is single hearted, too.
Deep calls unto deep, in the mystery of His creation.
Single heart to single hearted.

Deep unto deep is calling...Psalm 42.

And sometimes, profound simplicity calls out with a little drum.



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Old Sep 8, '10, 1:39 pm
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Default Re: Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall see God.

Thank you for the little drum boy youtube video. Simple and pure hearted indeed!
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Old Sep 8, '10, 4:01 pm
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Thank you for the little drum boy youtube video. Simple and pure hearted indeed!
I think so, too, InLight247. The reality of 'single-heartedness'
is on my mind.

I came upon that translation of the familiar 'Blessed are the pure in heart' a while back,
and it startled me. .

What situations - what pre-conditions need exist - before one is tempted
to become multi-hearted?
Can one be multi-hearted and not even be aware of this?

Job is tempted to become such.
Urged on by his soi-disant 'friends,' not to mention his spouse.

"Curse God and die!" offers his trusty help-mate,
in response to his suffering.
Thanks a lot, babe.
Just what I need. I'm up to my clavicle in pain,
and now you want me to be multi-hearted?
For that is what you are asking. For me to split off
from Him, and follow my own will.

"You sinned!" offer his counselors. "It has to be that."
"How else might you have come to this wretched state?"
[Followed by a treacly form of "Tell God your sorry."]



Now Job is having his sense of reality challenged!
He knows that he has not sinned.
Yet in his stunned state, in his pain and loss,
his 'friends' are now impugning his grasp of reality.
Which is hard to endure.
They, too, would have Job become multi-hearted.
To tell God he is sorry for something he hasn't done.

To tell God one thing, while believing another.


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Old Sep 16, '10, 1:01 pm
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Default Re: Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall see God.

Perhaps an effective way to convey the character of single-heartedness
is to read stories about those who were single-hearted in their lives.

Saint Louise de Marillac, co-founder of the Daughters of Charity.

http://www.niagara.edu/assets/Uploads/350th-logo.jpg

"She made no use of her memory except to think of God,
or of her will, except to love Him."
-St. Vincent de Paul


Here is a link to the Treasure Chest comic book issue, from 1956,
featuring the story of Saint Louise de Marillac.
[If one clicks on the small comic page image, to the right of the page,
one can view the larger comic book pages.]

http://www.aladin0.wrlc.org/gsdl/cgi...4a2843010e1bf9


When I was a kid, everytime I could get 10 together [in 1954]
I would purchase the latest issue of Treasure Chest comic book,
in my parochial school classroom. I couldn't always get together
the 10, and that kind of hurt, yet it did give me insight into the
concept of living within one's means, early in life.

When TV shows were available for only a few hours a day, long before color TV's,
[and there was only one channel available] - comic books were a welcome addition to kid life.

If one could afford same, at the time, there was a converter to receive the other two channels!
We're talkin' Howdy Doody - of sainted memory.

The following link is to a webpage that features Treasure Chest comic book material.
To the left of this webpage there is a Browse feature, which I find helpful.

http://www.aladin0.wrlc.org/gsdl/col...treasure.shtml


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Old Sep 17, '10, 8:11 pm
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Default Re: Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall see God.

Human beings are unique in all the universe.
A 'rational animal,' endowed with an everlasting soul,
with the capacity for an emotional life - being a creature
that will exist in a glorified body for eternity.

As human beings, circumstances that might call forth a 'multi-hearted' response
are many.

No one can serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second,
or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth.
-Matthew 6:24

You cannot serve God - and cave to the demands of this culture.
You cannot serve God - and surf the waves of pride
You cannot serve God - while placing a false god before Him
You cannot serve God - and continue to stoke anger
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With regard to that last: You cannot serve God - and continue to stoke anger,
the life of the Dominican lay brother, St.Martin de Porres, is a shining example of
how not to get trapped in anger.

Martin was the son of a Spanish Grandee and a former slave.
He was born in Peru and he had a sister, Juana.
His father basically abandoned his children, and Martin's
mother had to work very hard to support her two children.

His father later came back into his life for a time.

Instead of being embittered by his abandonment - and further embittered
when he saw how hard his mother had to work, with no help from his father -
instead, Martin sought from boyhood to be of help to those in want.

He was apprenticed to a barber - and a barber, in those days, also
functioned as a surgeon and a healer. Martin employed
what he learned from the barber, in treating the sick.

His own early deprivation only made his heart more sensitive
to those who were also deprived and in want. Or abandoned.

Martin was stunningly single-hearted.

For Martin, it was all about God and His creatures.
It was not all about Martin.
He even cared for mice, and for any animal who was hungry or ill.

God, thank You for placing Martin in our lives, as we read about him
and consider what he did. Thank You for the gift of his single-heartedness.


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Old Sep 17, '10, 10:59 pm
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There are two stories about St. Martin de Porres in the
Treasure Chest series. One was published in 1956.

http://www.aladin0.wrlc.org/gsdl/cgi...294a49bded8cb0

The second offering in Treasure Chest, on St. Martin de Porres, was in a 1962 issue.
Pope John XXIII celebrated the canonization of Brother Martin de Porres.

http://www.aladin0.wrlc.org/gsdl/cgi...f4bccde1a2f73d

There was a book, full of simplicity, written about Martin in the 1950's.
I believe the title was: The Least of the Brethren - Blessed Martin de Porres
I know when a book is wondrous, because when I read same, or remember same,
I want to be good, as Martin was good.




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