Category Archives: Pure of Heart

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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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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Our will and God’s freedom

About 36 hours before, the title started out as “God’s will and our freedom”, but then something clicked it over, to invert the wording. And then, as if to ratify the new title, there was a post with some quotes … Continue reading

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“A voice of one crying out in the desert”

The Desert Fathers believed that the wilderness had been created as supremely valuable in the eyes of God precisely because it had no value to men. The wasteland was the land that could never be wasted by men because it … 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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Merton’s prayer of total trust

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I … 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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