Clouties

What in the world is a cloutie? It makes me think of children getting clouted in the ear for misbehaving–and what does this clouting have to do with the image of this cross?

The cross is an ancient stone one near a place called Madron’s Well, in Cornwall. This sacred site was renowned for its healing properties. A tradition at this site persists to this day: people attach pieces of rags to the nearby bushes as symbols of appeasement to the spirits.  

The rags are called clouties.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madron

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Experience of God’s Love–Ignatian Contemplation

              Santuario De Loyola, Basque Country, Spain

“…Ignatian tradition of active contemplation (which) emphasizes the value of the imagination. The aim of such prayer is to internalize the good news of God’s unconditional love and Christ’s presence as a source of personal healing. Being contemplative in the Ignatian sense means two things. First, it means taking time off and away for solitude. In this free and friendly space, we can be with ourselves and enjoy a perspective provided by prayer that allows us to be more attentive to the movements of God’s grace in our lives. Second, contemplation is the form of prayer by which we actively use our imagination to help us “see” the choices that grace invites us to make in response to the challenges of our life situation. Prayer also sharpens our sense of the presence of God abiding with us as we take adult responsibility for shaping our lives more and more into the pattern of Jesus’ life.” (E-book locations 637-642) from Wilkie Au, and Noreen Cannon. Urgings of the Heart: A Spirituality of Integration. New York: Paulist Press. 1995.

Active Contemplation:

Take from 30 to 60 minutes for an active contemplation, entering into an experience of God’s love: 

 Biblical Passage: The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan (Mk 1: 9-11; Mt 3:13-17; Lk 3: 21-22)

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”  (Mk 1: 9-11 NIV)

  

Little Miami River in Ohio                               Jordan River

1. Ask God to grace you with presence during your time of active contemplation.

2. Read the Scripture through once or twice getting a feel for what is going on.

3. Visualize yourself there at this time as an observer and watch the whole event unfold.

4. Enter the scene imaginatively and imagine John the Baptist calling you to him. Feel the water lapping around your knees. What are your feet touching? Are you scared? Are other people watching you? Approach John the Baptist and let him pour the water of the Jordan over your head. How does it feel? Are your eyes closed?

5. Hear the words of the Creator of the Universe speak to you: You are my son/daughter, whom I love, with you I am well pleased.

6. Imagine the spirit of a loving God fill you from head to toe.

7. Take some moments to write about your experience.

  

 

 

 

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Spiritual Healing by John of God

John of God’s Free clinics at the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola – Abadiania, Goias, Brazil
 
For John of God—or as he is known in Abadiânia, Medium João— the realization of his gift was accompanied by years of persecution and lawsuits for practicing medicine without a license. That didn’t stop him from his mission—to aid anyone who requested it, free of charge—and as time passed and he managed to help such high-profile politicians as the president of Peru and the mayors of assorted Brazilian towns, he was accepted and even protected, treated as a national treasure.

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FREE: Misty, the London Pony,  is based on a true story. An illustrated children’s story is available as a free PDF download.

 

Champion, the Dream Horse, about Mara Sue, who lives in Kentucky, is poor, but determined to own the horse of her dreams.

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