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An illustration from Shawshank

The reason they approved Red’s parole is that it was finally clear to everyone that he was already free and that the prison could no longer hold him. In his words of defiant indifference, he revealed that he was no … Continue reading

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The depth of Christ’s obedience

The Passion narrative in the Gospel of John emphasizes the power of Christ. He is in charge the entire time. How much do we let this idea and its implications penetrate us? Do we, for instance, believe that Christ could … Continue reading

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Love’s playground

The Eucharist points to the Cross. The Eucharist will teach us, if we let it, that in this fallen world the Cross is Love’s playground. In an unfallen world the playground would be vast. In this world, the Cross is … Continue reading

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Seven great Merton quotes

About being judged by Christ (in chapter 22 “Life in Christ): Souls are like wax waiting for a seal. By themselves they have no special identity. Their destiny is to be softened and prepared in this life, by God’s will, … Continue reading

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Reassuring words from Blessed John Henry Newman

God has created me to do him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall … Continue reading

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Hidden Secret Forgotten M       I       S       U       N       D       E       R       S       T … Continue reading

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See if you could create a world ex nihilo

Try this mental exercise. Try to imagine you creating a world out of nothing. But the big limitation is that you are not allowed to use anything from this world, the one we already live in and experience. You may … Continue reading

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