grace

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How can the Samaritan teach us about being true to our own nature? Peter Gallagher SJ reflects on charity, our potential, and the abounding grace of God.On my way back I will make good any extra expenses you may incur (Luke 10.35). The good Samaritan’s generous and trusting farewell to the innkeeper mirrors God’s goodness and his confidence in us. God, who has already been very generous to us, acknowledges the difficulties we have in doing what he asks of us. He assures us of his help. His...
Eternity has more kinds of rooms than this world does.  We may know, or at least know about some people whose way of life would seem so reprehensible that it’s hard to imagine that they could ever make it to heaven.But as Christians, we believe that, as part of the Body of Christ, we have been given the power to forgive each other’s sins and that, because of that, indeed anyone’s love can pull their beloved into heaven whatever their faults and failures may be.Our love for each other is a...
A painting of sunrise over dark water
God’s grace-full presence is everywhere, but our response is often muted.‘When grace enters a room we should begin to dance but, sadly, more often than not we let some little thing, some insect bite blind us to grace's presence.’  W H AudenGiven the complexity in our everyday lives, shadows of some type are invariably present. There can be some irritation in any situation in life, some element challenging pure grace within almost every moment of life. Life rarely comes to us pure, free...
A Child's Baptism on Flickr by Joe Green
'Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.'What does it mean to be “baptised in the Holy Spirit”?Well, if you ask a theologian, they’ll tell you that it is just simply what it is to be a Christian – to have one’s entire life imbued with the Holy Spirit not just in the next Life, but in this one – to have the Holy Spirit live...
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The story of Christ and the meaning of Christmas can only be properly understood by looking at Jesus’ family tree, and by looking at how his story continues today. Why is his family tree, this long list of names in Matthew and Luke so important? Among other things, the genealogies trace Jesus' origins in a way that tells us his real story will not be grasped by anyone who thinks that Christ Jesus’ human origins contained no sin or weakness. Christ’s ancestors weren’t all saintly. Rather,...