Category Archives: Wisdom

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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Obey Christ’s instruction: Ask, seek, knock

Strive to see this as the perfection and wisdom of God’s will for your life: Ask with bold trust for the super-abundant gift God wants to give: the Holy Spirit; and you shall receive Him, and all else besides. Seek … Continue reading

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Re-presenting the sacrifice of Christ

It is said that at Mass the priest does not re-sacrifice Christ but only re-presents (i.e. makes present again) the sacrifice of Christ. The priest initiates the Eucharistic prayer by saying, “Pray, brethren, that my sacrifice and yours may be … 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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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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Feel honored, even if it seems odd

If God sends you trials and burdens in which you have no choice but to bear them patiently with love or else break faith with God, be flattered. God thinks highly of you. He has privileged you with the opportunity … Continue reading

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The truth can be tricky

You may be living your truth, hanging onto things, things like old injuries, and breathing the foul air that comes with that. And if that is what you want and need, just realize there is a bigger truth you are … Continue reading

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