Category Archives: Beatitudes

All things work together

When St. Paul writes, “All things work together toward good for those that love [and trust] God”, he seems to be laying out a principle of “Christian Karma”.  Is this so? Yes and no. First of all, it’s not magic. … Continue reading

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Zechariah vs. Mary

How different was the “How will I know?” of Zechariah and the “How is this possible?” of Mary? They seem so similar, but the reaction of Gabriel could not be more different. Why? It appears to be due to the … Continue reading

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Unforgiveness

Those who profess to follow Christ have a real and true claim on the forgiveness of their fellow believers. A Christian who refuses to forgive a brother in Christ has made the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Christ null and … Continue reading

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A Body of Broken Bones

YOU AND I and all men were made to find our identity in the One Mystical Christ, in Whom we all complete one another “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.” When … Continue reading

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What use is spiritual pain?

There’s a t-shirt that you see on athletes, particularly runners, that says on the back: Pain is just weakness leaving the body. What if that was essentially true of spiritual pain? Spiritual pain is just our bondage to selfishness leaving … Continue reading

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It will be amazingly beautiful

In this moment of pain the Lord said to me, “The wonderful end to your story is visible and present to me. I see the whole thing and it’s beautiful. You are not yet in a position to see it. … Continue reading

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The implications of what we believe about God’s Freedom

It is more proper to say God “couldn’t” rather than God “wouldn’t” create a world where he would be anything less than free to achieve his good ends. God is maximum Freedom itself. Once again, look at the Crucifixion. And … Continue reading

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