Monthly Archives: November 2011

The unhostile takeover

Let’s look at the mystery of Mary’s Assumption in possibly a different way. St. Paul says that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” If this was true of Paul, it quite possibly could … Continue reading

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“Offering it up”

Remember that old adage/instruction from our elders of pre-Vatican II vintage? They’d always say about your troubles: “Offer it up to make up for what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.” Or something to that effect. But the usually … Continue reading

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Whatever in us that is not Christlike is not really us

If the transforming union with Christ will not obliterate us, but only make us more of who we truly are, that transformation will only remove what is not truly us to begin with. We have no reason to fear losing … Continue reading

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For any who fear slipping into worship of Mary

Through her all things were not made. She did not have a hand in bringing about the existence of her own parents. On the other hand, Jesus did: his own mother was actually created through himself. Not true of Mary … Continue reading

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The sword that pierced Mary’s soul

Blessed are the pure of heart. For they shall see God. Mary had the purest of hearts. She may very well have seen and understood what God was up to by allowing his only son (and hers) to be condemned … Continue reading

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See if you could create a world ex nihilo

Try this mental exercise. Try to imagine you creating a world out of nothing. But the big limitation is that you are not allowed to use anything from this world, the one we already live in and experience. You may … Continue reading

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The sacrifice God requires is a broken spirit (Psalm 51)

3 Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. 4 Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me. 5 For I know my offense; my sin is always before me. … Continue reading

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