January 2004 Archives (27)

Why do they do that?

Invariably, as soon as you get up from the computer chair and turn your back, the cat jumps right in and settles down. To get her out is a challenge. She won’t budge. You have to push her out. And the thing is, sitting on her doesn’t seem to deter the behavior either.  

The Pointing Finger of Sin

I, like many people, do not like to directly talk about sin. No one likes to be told that they are doing things that are morally wrong and going against the will of God. Most people’s reaction is who the hell are you to judge me, by what standards and authority are you judging me, […]

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Adopted Sons of God

We are not begotten by God, we are only made by Him: in our natural state we are not sons of God, only (so to speak) statues. We have not got ‘Zoe’ or spiritual life: only ‘Bios’ or biological life which is presently going to run down and die. Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share a life which was begotten, not made, which has always existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we also shall be sons of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy Ghost will arise in us. He came into this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has—by what I call ‘good infection’. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing more. — C.S. Lewis, from “Mere Christianity”

Amusing Little Comments

There have been certain temptations I have managed, by the grace of God, to avoid while writing this web journal. One of them has been not to look at the statistics of visitors to this site. A big part of me does not want to know how many people read my journal for fear that […]

Now You Have a Chance

Fr. Scott was filling in for line duty during lunch the other day. Line duty is basically standing around outside the door to the cafeteria making sure that students do not crowd the hallway, block traffic, and prevent others from cutting in line. He likes to do line duty because it gives him a chance […]

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Key to unlocking human destiny…

The key to unlocking our human destiny is the joy of possessing the Beloved, not loving what we possess. — Gordon Fuglie

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The path of love…

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for ‘God is Charity’ (1 Jn 4:8). — St. Albert the Great

To God the Father

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: […]

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I don’t have great faith…

God, I don’t have great faith,      but I can be faithful. My belief in you may be seasonal,      but my faithfulness will not. I will follow in the way of Christ. I will act as though my life      and the lives of others matter. I will love. I have […]

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The song “Heaven” by Live keeps going around in my head. Someone special put it there. Like him, I get a kick to hear songs in the popular media that deal with faith and spirituality. You don’t need no friends get back your faith again. You have the power to believe. Another dissident, take back […]

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Prayer to Jesus on the Cross

O Jesus, for how many ages have you been on the Cross and yet people pass by in utter disregard of you except to pierce once again your Sacred Heart. How often have I passed you by, heedless of your overwhelming sorrow, your countless wounds, you infinite love. How often have I stood before you, […]

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What are Koans?

I have stumbled upon a set of stories by Anthony de Mello. Some people might call them koans. Koans are stories that come from many different traditions, most notably Zen, but others are Buddhist, Christian, Hasidic, Russian, Chinese, Hindu, Sufi. They can be ancient or contemporary. As de Mello writes, they “have a special quality: […]

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The devil once went for a walk with a friend. They saw a man ahead of them stoop down and pick up something from the ground. “What did that man find?” asked the friend. “A piece of the truth,” said the devil. “Doesn’t that disturb you?” asked the friend. “No,” said the devil, “I shall […]

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The Dart Test

One particular day, Sally walked into her religion class. She knew it was going to be a fun day because it was Mr. Smith’s class. Mr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons. On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Mr. Smith told the students to […]

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Abortion is…

Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women. — Alice Paul

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Roe v. Wade

America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. — Mother Teresa

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Enfold me in Your peace

I weave a silence on my lips, I weave a silence into my mind, I weave a silence within my heart. I close my eyes to distractions, I close my eyes to attentions, I close my eyes to temptations. Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm, Still me, Lord, keep me from harm. […]

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Body of Christ

I believe; you believe; here He is, the Bread of Life; touch Him in Faith; I want to live, to be healed.

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Holiness does not consist of…

Holiness does not consist of doing extraordinary things. It consists of accepting with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God. — Mother Teresa

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There were these two nuns…

There were these two nuns. One was known as Sister Mathematica and the other as Sister Logica. It was getting dark, and they were still far off from the convent. Sister Mathematica: Have you noticed that a man has been following us for the past thirty-eight and a half minutes? I wonder what he wants. […]

Driving with Christ

I found the following line in a prayer posted at anima: why is it i can love other people…until i start driving a car? This line reminded me of one of the first comments I made to my friend David shortly after I had found faith in God nearly two years ago, “It is hard […]

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Mistaken Identity?

Two cars were waiting at a stoplight. The light turned green, but the man didn’t notice it. A woman in the car behind him is watching traffic pass around them. The woman begins pounding on her steering wheel and yelling at the man to move. The man doesn’t move. The woman is going ballistic inside […]

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