Category Archives: Fortitude (Courage)

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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Merton on facing despair

The desert is the home of despair. And despair, now, is everywhere. Let us not think that our interior solitude consists in the acceptance of defeat. We cannot escape anything by consenting tacitly to be defeated. Despair is an abyss … 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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Pay attention to God’s absolute majesty–you need it

If only we knew how to listen, we would hear God telling us: “I am so powerful that even evil obeys me. I can get the evil in your life–even your evil–to work for good. But not without your cooperation. … Continue reading

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Christ’s suffering is a lasting gift to humanity

The suffering of Christ on the cross is both a “once and for all” event and a reality that transcends space and time. If one who has faith in Christ enters into suffering, facing it squarely, straight on, he experiences … Continue reading

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