Category Archives: Peacemakers

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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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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A way in which we are all like Jesus without even trying

St. Paul writes that Christ Jesus was a man like us in all things but sin. Obviously, our point of greatest dissimilarity to Christ is our sinfulness. Conversely, because we all live in a fallen world, we all suffer the … Continue reading

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Completing the circle of mercy

There are two obvious lessons of mercy we need to learn: to seek forgiveness from God and to extend forgiveness to our brother. They are linked in the Lord’s Prayer, such that the first will not happen without the second. … Continue reading

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Merton on Mercy

The mercy of God does not suspend the laws of cause and effect. When God forgives me a sin, He destroys the guilt of sin but the effects and the punishment of sin remain. Yet it is precisely in punishing … Continue reading

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Why it is crucially important to be keenly aware that you are a sinner

If you are not thoroughly aware of your sinfulness and do not identify yourself as a sinner, you place yourself in a condition of moral hazard. The reason? When somebody sins against you, you will unknowingly behave in such a … Continue reading

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The flip side of loving your enemies

The command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you might be more practical and prudent than we usually assume. It might merely be a good way to tell if somebody is in fact our enemy. We … Continue reading

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