Religious studies,The author Peter Scazzero presents considerable information on his lifelong journey and especially in the development of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) over the last two decades that has changed his life as well as lives in his c

Another concept from the book is known your self to meet and love God as our Bible text “to put off your old self…and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness’
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  St Teresa of Avila wrote in The Way of perfection: ‘Almost all problems in spiritual life stem from a lack of self-knowledge’.  Old versus new, who are you Mr. Magoo?
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  Mr. Magoo was a fictional cartoon character back in 1949 that had nearsightedness compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem at hand.  The unfavorable situations he was in seemed to work out but put him no better than he was before of the situation occurred.  Shed your old Mr. Magoo and become new! 

Back to the future is another step to live in the present while we break free of destructive sinful patterns of our past.  We then relearn how to be and live in God’s family.  Our Bible sites many truths of sin and blessings that get passed to each generation.  Furthermore, a more startling picture in today’s families own ten commandments.
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  The good news is that we can be adopted into the family of God.  Jesus has called us already to his family and declares us loveable and good enough in Christ.  Then our discipleship can be worked out in truth and love.  We have to be willing to work out our fear of keeping secrets in the dark that have wounded us in loving God and others.  Take the good things from the past and leave the ugly in the past. 

Another concept from the author is to travel through your wall or barriers in our life.  This is a partial way through the dark side of the soul but then live on the other side faithfully, which starts and ends with love.  Scazzero communicates varies stages
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in his book but we can get stuck at the wall and the length of time is different for each individual.  Varies sins should be identified during this time but the credit goes to God for getting us through the barriers.  Then we live sobering truths afterward, namely one of then is that we are not in control.
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An additional area is to surrender to our limits while not blaming God for our situations.  Job in the bible was a good example of this.  Recognizing any addictions, dropping many of our defenses
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, and grieving the way God desired us to grieve like Job, helps us follow Jesus more closely and deeply.  It is essential to process our feelings before God, even the Psalms are called school prayer to guide us in our emotional expressions.  We then can see the importance of climbing the latter of humility.
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  The book points out that after having this new relationship with God, we hope to grieve God’s way and this will change us forever!

Spiritual practices our author offers are the Daily Office and a resurgence of God’s command of the Sabbath as many of our current modern day practices are not giving us enough rope as Scazzero states.  The Daily Office offers us to be in the presence of God several times a day, not as much as the monks rehearsed but have four elements in this office time: stopping, centering, silence and scripture.  The Sabbath is also very essential and is time-tested and supported to give us the rest God said we need.  This day is also about God and the rhythm in which Scazzero writes that we can explore these areas on how to stop, rest, delight and contemplate.  Our overworked lives and multitudes of conflicting concerns as Thomas Merton illustrates that we do violence to ourselvesas that violance seeps in and put upon ourselves can make us unable to love others through the love of Christ.
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As we read new skills in our spiritual journey, we grow in being a more mature adult.  It takes time in to apply correct biblical truths, shedding unconscious family traits and understanding love is to reveal the beauty of another person to themselves.  Scazzero points out when genuine love is released into a relationship, God’s presence is manifest, that separate space between us becomes sacred space.
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Some of the other skills are embracing conflict, being a true peacemaker, listening skills, no mind reading, affirm expectations and, be careful of emotional triggers from the past that trigger in our current midst.  Lastly developing a “Rule of Life” that is an intentionally written plan that clearly will allow us to put the Love of Christ above all else in our own life.

 



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Ephesians 4:22, 24 (NLT)


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Mr. Magoo, a fictional character developed by UPA studio 1949 doi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Magoo

 


[3]
Scazzero, pg 78


[4]
Scazzero, pg 99


[5]
Scazzero, pg 115


[6]
Scazzero, pg 124


[7]
Scazzero, pg 134


[8]
Scazzero, pg 162


[9]
Scazzero, pg 175

Strength and Challenges

Scazzreo communicated several strengths, first, he pointed out God is helping us in this relationship he has offered through Jesus Christ so some pressure is off of us if we have the courage to undertake these practices and putting others before ourselves.  Secondly, knowing our God feels from many written biblical passages
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encourages us to bring our emotions to Him in the Daily Office and on our Sabbath to obtain direction and rest.  God’s family is first and staying with a church that will help slowly reparent us was a strength the author made clear.  Thirdly, taking a hard look at our past and abolishing our own family of ten commandments was an important illustration.  Fourthly, getting to know our limits to understand we are not God as well as pursuing the humility latter soundly prepares us further in love God and others well. 

Some challenges start with the fear of the past and how that might change the present.  Asking trusted people “How do you experience me”?
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takes courage and prayer to work towards healing.  Secondly, when approaching the dark night of the soul and focusing on our wall, it is difficult to utter, ‘I am bewildered, hurt, angry, sad, don’t know what God is doing and why has he forsaken me’?  Thirdly, Scazzero sites to wait on the Lord
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and illustrates meekness comes out of this patience but to wait in a culture that is geared forget it ‘now’ is difficult.  The final challenge would be stopping to surrender in our Daily Office and Sabbath, as Scazzero points out Robert Barron argued, at the heart of the matter, we refuse to accept God’s rhythm for us.
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Scazzero, pg 45


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Scazzero, pg 95


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Scazzero, pg 112


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Scazzero, pg 143

Application to One’s Life

We can use several practices these in our daily life.  First and foremost I think to establish your weekly Sabbath as this was commanded by God, along with keeping all the other commandments.  Secondly, the Daily Office is highly useful multiple times per day.  Using this, I have experienced the peace and rest needed to tackle work or home problems in a manner in the image of Christ.  Not always a perfect response, at times my ugly patterns arise, but my heart can be positioned as having Jesus’ heart of discernment and compassion.

I found that working toward my barrier/wall and will purify my sins to begin this journey with trusted persons.  I will pray for trusted sources and be patient in this peeling away.  I plan to re-read Job to better understand biblical truths and to look closely at my family ten commandments and slowly replace them with God’s ten commandments.  This then will help to make a written “Rule of Life” to be emotionally and spiritually healthy to allow Jesus to work more fully in and through me to love God and love others well.

Oh God, thank you for who you are and what you have done to ease our burdens through your son Jesus.  Please honor the gifts you have given us and recognize those gifts for you, the Body of Christ.  Please bring us closer in the understanding of your plans and not our own.  We pray you to reveal and help us through any barriers to meet you on the other side so we may rise to your occasion.  In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 

Bibliography

Scazzero, Peter, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” Updated Edition 2017.

Mr. Magoo, a fictional character developed by UPA studio 1949 doi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Magoo

 

New Living Translarion Bible??(how to list this?)



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Scazzero, pg 112


[2]
Scazzero, pg 143

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