Archive for December, 2011

“He who saves a single life…is as if he saves an entire world” -Talmud

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“our most difficult relationships teach us the most about the depth of love we hold in our own heart. we live in a society that seeks entertainment over lessons…distractions over love…money over people. only when we feel our heart break are we shown what is real and what is simply illusion. though real life and real love requires much endurance of pain and sorrow, there is nothing more worthwhile.” -sst

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Christmas Light

Christmas Light
By O Shannan Suzzette

It is at Christmas time that we seek unto ourselves, amongst the chaos
of externals, for a sense of order, meaning and enlightenment in our
lives. We ask for truth, joy, compassion and kindness from our world.

Yet, honestly, we ask these things from ourselves. We spend all year
long tearing at the lint of our internal fabric – a pulled yarn that
often leads to our own unraveling.

We think ourselves as unworthy, imperfect and challenged in the light
of someone else’s eyes. We have bought into the myth of some absolute
perfection; yet do not understand what it means.

In subscribing to the myth of absolute perfection, we dig and we bury
pieces of ourselves that we alone deem unworthy and unfit. For others
eyes, however harshly constant they cast the shadow of judgment upon
our being, are only a mirror image of how we see ourselves.

We bury our treasures, our gifts, our beauty and our light under the
bushel of our own fear. It is at Christmas time that the veil is
lifted, and we must deal with this truth.

It is at Christmas time that we seek to follow our own bright shining
star from the desert of our self-made loneliness into the village of
our loving hearts. Like noble Kings traveling through the night, we
lift up our treasures to the Light and know that our gifts are worthy
and perfect for the Divine Child within us.

We know that we are perfect in His Light. Our fingerprints, like the
perfectly formed snowflake each solely unique and original, mark us as
one tiny piece of the greater whole of God.

© Copyright by OShannan Suzzette

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sweet dreams

(c) 2011 shannan suzzette taylor

oh my calico friend
you bless me with your care
how you guard my vacant life
holding soil beneath your tender paw
as I talk in silent wanderings
knowing not why you came at all
I am still beneath the oak
though my heart has lept into the wind
no need to hold my grave in place now
sweet dreams have let me in

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And She Wept No More
(c) 2011 shannan suzzette taylor

red lights sailing through the night
heart stopped for a second or more
thunder clapped at the kitchen door
and she wept no more

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(c) 2011 shannan suzzette taylor

this tree’s grown wearing of standing still
roots walking out of bitter soil
dry is the field I hold too now
bending brittle a little more
oh this age comes strong upon me
as the winter howls through my bones
barren is the heart that won me
cradled in a grave of stone
who calls the rain a lonely train
who calls the night a friend
who calls the music a ghost of souls
marching through the wind
this tree is tired of standing
weighted by sorrow’s notes
but lightening only strikes
once in a blue moon
so this tree is left die alone

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canyon call

Canyon Call
(c) 2011 shannan suzzette taylor

standing out here in this dry river bed
canyon waters come round no more
flowers grow on this salty floor
only weeds with color cones
I lift my voice to the eagle flying
I lift my voice to the winds of home
lay me down beneath the sun
carry my heart out to sea
I remember when the river did run
and the canyon called to me

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Daily Kabbalah Tune Up: Transgression Into Virtue Transgression Into Virtue
Saturday June 18, 2011
We all do some pretty bad things in our life, and some of us want to take responsibility for that. When it comes to ‘repenting,’ it’s not about beating ourselves over the head. It’s about transforming the transgression into a virtue.
It’s never JUST about the 1%–about what you did. It’s about where your head is at. It’s about what consciousness was born as a result of that action. That’s why angels are in heaven and people are down here on earth.

If the 1% thing you did (i.e. drugs, cheating, hurting someone) was what needed to happen to finally get your head in the right place to say, “I’ve had enough of this…” then that is how the transgression becomes a virtue.

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Saint Catherine Laboure and The Medal Of Miracles

God Bless My Beautiful Saint Catherine Laboure and her unwavering faith in miracles…. may we too know how to walk blindly in this world….seeing only love and the goodness in others. the miracle of life is that we share this love with all, the minute we are born into the light of a new world….we birth and rebirth ourselves everyday in this light and love… and so it is we remain in the state of eternal grace, forever knowing our place in the sacred heart of God. Love and blessings to all. Amen.-o shannan suzzette

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Saint Bernadette and Lourdes


Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Warning: Lourdes

Lourdes: 1858

In 1854, Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Four years later, Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen-year-old girl whose family was the poorest in Lourdes, France, declared she had seen a Lady in the village dump, where she and two other girls had been gathering firewood. The vision had issued from the heart of a massive rock formation next to the river Gave, in a place called “Massabielle,” which literally means “old rock.” After several visits, the Lady asked Bernadette to return fifteen times, which she faithfully did, whereupon she and the whole world received a message and a gift. The message was simple and direct: “Repentance! Repentance! Repentance!”
The gift was a beautiful clear spring, coming forth from the base of the rock at a point where Bernadette had obediently dug with her bare hands in the mud, for the Lady had directed that she drink at The Spring. The waters soon displayed miraculous healing properties, and pilgrims began their journeys to Lourdes to bathe in the water and drink at The Spring. Ever since The Spring appeared, countless millions have found living waters at this spot where the Blessed Virgin spoke to a little girl of no account. When Bernadette at last asked the beautiful Lady who she was, the vision confessed, with awesome simplicity, “I am the Immaculate Conception!” Unburdened from sin from the beginning, she showed what the Lord wants for us at the end. Her battle is ours, a fight against sin. If we would only repent of our sins, the calamities that threaten the humans would never occur. There would be healing and peace that issues from the heart of God, like water from The Rock. Like Mary, we dwell within the “old rock” of the Church, the Rock of Christ. The waters flowing from it in the mystery of Baptism would cleanse us and refresh us with grace.

The miracles at Lourdes continue until today to confront us with the message of Mary and the constant availability of God’s healing and forgiveness. The Spring is a reminder that the springs of “living water” are waiting for the people of the world, that they may come and “drink freely, without pay.” The burden of sin upon us will be lifted, its stain washed away. The message grows more emphatic with Lourdes. Sin is the core of the problem. The world must change. The Darkness is gathering.

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