Monthly Archives: March 2012

God’s fire

We fear God’s fire because we mistakenly think it will consume us like hell-fire, and so we run from it and find ourselves in a cold, frozen hell. We need to realize that we will not be consumed by this … Continue reading

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Our misery is old, while God’s mercy is ever new

This is the paradox: God’s covenant of merciful grace is simultaneously “new and eternal”, while our abyss of misery is old, yet we strongly sense and instinctively act as if this state of misery was not our original human condition … Continue reading

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The limit and the cause of joy

Desiring freedom and, hence, joy, is not the cause of joy. Your joy is not possible without your desiring it, yet it is not the cause. The cause is God’s generous love. “Knock and it shall be opened to you.” … Continue reading

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Seven great Merton quotes

About being judged by Christ (in chapter 22 “Life in Christ): Souls are like wax waiting for a seal. By themselves they have no special identity. Their destiny is to be softened and prepared in this life, by God’s will, … Continue reading

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“The new and eternal covenant”

The updated, more faithful-to-the-original-Latin translation of the Mass in the English language is a blessing. One change specifically has made an impact. Changing from “new and everlasting covenant” to “new and eternal covenant” deepens one’s understanding of what Jesus accomplished. … Continue reading

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God is Romantic

That’s the title of the entry for March 3rd (First Saturday of Lent) on one Lenten calendar. Of three Lenten calendars and two Lenten booklets, it’s the single best entry so far: “Unrequited love, though bittersweet, still unites; however, war … Continue reading

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In this fallen world

Love is light for this world. This fallen world is in darkness and blindness and we do not see reality as it is. We also see things that are not truly there. In this fallen world, love is hard to … Continue reading

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