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,…

In good times and bad St. Paul considered the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us (Rom 8). It is hard for us when we are suffering to take this point of view. Yet sufferings are an unavoidable feature of life whether or not we…

How can we be at the same time children and adults? The Lord comes when we least expect him (Lk 12). That will be true at the end of the world; it is true now. If Jesus were absolutely predictable, we might settle down into a pattern which does not allow for improvement. He needs…

Insecurity is a perpetual concern of human beings Jesus said: “A man may be wealthy but his possessions do not guarantee him life” (Lk 12). Insecurity is a perpetual concern of human beings. Governments rise and fall because people feel insecure; marriages break up after endless arguments over money. Even disciples can spend much more…

We are called to shape our world In some degree all disciples of Jesus are aliens in a world which judges by very different standards. We are called to shape our world and yet the world is never ready to respond to the full message of the Gospel. What we can do is to live…

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