Category Archives: Understanding

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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God’s love is utterly humiliating

When God floods us with his love, it humiliates us because we thought we knew how to love. We find out that we knew nothing. God, in his generous mercy, rescues us from this profound ignorance. The spontaneous response is … 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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A fundamental difference in perspective

Life can appear tricky. Why? Worldliness is truthy. The Gospel is true.

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God’s freedom to save us any way he likes

It’s one thing to intend, like God, that everyone be saved. But we tend to be like Peter, in that if God chooses a way we think is beneath him, we are quick to protest. That’s too ugly, awkward, sloppy, … Continue reading

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Yet another signpost

Mystical truths seem as riddles when you first hear them. Once you later are allowed to understand them, you realize all at once that these “riddles” correspond to the deepest mode of reality and are what they first claimed to … Continue reading

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The cross in every minute — don’t miss a single minute, especially when something goes against your inclinations

Every cross is an opportunity to grow in disinterested love and thus enter more fully into the inner life of the Trinity. Those moments do not always last as long as they first appear they will. Sometimes they are over … Continue reading

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