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Christian Unity - CHRISTian
It’s easy to see God’s grace and blessing in what unites us. We sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, churches, and faiths. But what if what makes other persons, churches, and faiths seem foreign and strange is also a grace, a difference intended by God?  Can we think of our differences, as we think of our unity, as a gift from God? Most religions, including Christianity, would answer yes.In both the Jewish and the Christian...
‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways’ says the Lord. Isaiah 55.8  That seems an appropriate way to begin any reflection on how faith works. Some days you walk on water, other days you sink like a stone. You live with a deep secret, that sometimes you know, and then not, and then know again. Sometimes you feel the real presence, other times you feel just absence.Like love, faith is a journey, with constant ups and downs, with alternating periods of...
Balance by incisler
WE ALL struggle in different ways. Sometimes we struggle simply to maintain ourselves, to stay healthy and stable, to stay normal, not fall apart, and not have our lives unravel into chaos and depression.But, even as this is going on, another part of us is forever reaching upwards, struggling to grow, to achieve higher things, not waste our gifts, to live a life that is more altruistic.At other times we may have to struggle with a threatening darkness that surrounds us. The complexities of life...
Eucharistia on Flickr, courtesy of Fr Lawrence Lew OP
At the Last Supper, Jesus makes himself a sign: he declares that the bread and wine, identified with his body and blood, are a sign of the world-changing events of Good Friday and Easter, and so a sign of the future, of God's future and God's promise.By identifying himself with the broken bread and the spilled wine, the broken flesh and the shed blood, Jesus says that this death which is approaching is a door into hope. And it is at that moment, when he is looking forward most clearly...
Gratitude is the ultimate virtue, under-girding everything, even love. It goes with holiness, defines maturity. We are mature to the degree that we are grateful. But what brings us there? What makes for a deeper maturity? Ronald Rolheiser OMI suggests ten major demands in human and Christian maturity.Be willing to carry more and more of life's complexities with empathy.  Few things in life, including our own hearts and motives are simply good or simply bad. Maturity invites us to...
Assurance sign
In His farewell discourse, Jesus contrasts two kinds of peace: a peace that he leaves us and a peace that the world can give us. What is the difference?  The peace that the world can give to us is not a negative or a bad peace. It is real and it is good, but it is fragile and inadequate.It is fragile because it can easily be taken away from us. Peace, as we experience it ordinarily in our lives, is generally predicated on feeling healthy, loved, and secure. But all of these are fragile....
Make haste slowly by Peter Knott SJ
Haste is our enemy. It puts us under stress,  makes us impatient, renders us more vulnerable to accidents and, most seriously of all, blinds us to the needs of others.There may be occasions when we need to move fast, but haste is normally not a virtue, irrespective of the goodness of the thing towards which we are hurrying. Hence the phrase festina lente, make haste slowly.Because of time pressures we tend not to see a given situation as a moral one.  In essence, the more in a hurry...
Change and transience
‘HOME is where we start from.’T. S. Eliot describes an experience that can be felt both as a freedom and as a  heartache.  For some people the place they grew up in forty years ago has changed in so many ways they would hardly recognise it if they returned today.Already in 1970, Alvin Toffler, in his famous book, Future Shock, pointed out how transience and impermanence are beginning more and more to shape our psyches, as things, people, places, knowledge, and...
Vision of Eternity
The Transfiguration was a unique experience in the life of Jesus and the three disciples who witnessed it. Jesus' ''face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light". Matt. 17:1-9 Moses and Elijah also appeared and talked with Jesus. Moses had been dead for about 1,500 years and Elijah for almost 1,000, yet there they were.A third phenomenon was the overshadowing cloud and the audible voice of God saying: "This is my son, the beloved; he enjoys my...
Cross against the sun and sky
One of the most consoling texts of the Hebrew scriptures is the Book of Job, which concerns itself with the theme of why bad things happen to good people - a question to which, intriguingly, it refuses to offer up simple, faith-based answers. The point of the Book of Job is his ultimate recognition of the inscrutable mystery of God's ways and in his penitent recognition of God's sovereignty. While he cavils at God's providential ordering of men's affairs and beats his fists...

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