He takes us as we are When Jesus is near his presence is the outreach of his love for us. At such moments it is enough to receive his gift with gratitude. He comes to those who love him, who look for his coming. He comes in peace, making restless hearts peaceful. Human nature may…

Then I shall have nothing to fear When we have a sense that Jesus has drawn near to us in our prayer it is natural to believe that he is approving us. If indeed he has drawn near, we can be sure only of his concern for us. Approval or disapproval have nothing to do…

The temple of the Lord is a heart that is pure One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple” (Ps 27). The temple of the…

Jesus promised the restoration of the world The judgment of the world begins as a self judgment. When we listen to, read or watch the news, we are treated to an endless litany of catastrophes. If we believe that the litany represents what is really happening in the world we might think that God is…

Winter for a believer is the poet’s promise of spring The coming of winter is in one sense an ending. It is a time to reflect on one’s own advancing age and the age of the world. Both are moving inexorably toward a conclusion. The image of winter can merely be one of death. For…

Our gratitude opens our hearts to his greater gifts Of the ten lepers Jesus healed on the border of Samaria only one, a Samaritan stranger, returned to thank him. Perhaps the other lepers thought that they deserved to be healed. Only a stranger could see his healing as a free gift of Jesus’ love. The…

A competition of charity We who are disciples of Jesus have many different gifts (Rom 12). It is in the sharing of them that all of us benefit. If there must be a competition among the disciples of the Lord it ought to be a competition of charity. When we appreciate what God has given…

The rule of love “How deep are the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How inscrutable his judgments, how unsearchable his ways! For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has ever been his counselor?’” (Rom 11). Trying to figure out what God has in mind, in the events…

A day which has begun with prayer People who pray a great deal are sometime accused of running away from the world. Most of us have had the experience that when we begin our day with quiet reflection in the presence of the Lord, our work is much more productive for ourselves and others. Other…

We have chosen a new way of life Jesus said: “Try to come through the narrow door…” (Lk 13). The beginning of the spiritual life seems to be a narrow door, and so it is. There is a great deal of baggage which simply will not pass through it. Once we discard the baggage, however,…

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