September 2004 Archives (19)

Hospitality – Part 4

More quotes from Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way to Love by Fr. Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt. See Part 3 Hospitality starts at home, after all. And you do not become good at loving the strain of being together in a family or a community if you have not yet learned to be alone. (ch. 4)

St. Benedict’s Prayer

Gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate on you, and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Hospitality – Part 5

More quotes from Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way to Love by Fr. Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt. See Part 4 We all have weapons to lie down and battles to call off before we can open up our hearts. It is a stance of surrender that we are talking about. Ultimately, hospitality is not about […]

Stay or Go?

Christy’s post reminds me of something I read about grace. There are two types of grace, sanctifying grace and actual grace…

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Courtesy and Discourtesy

Of Courtesy, it is much less Than Courage of Heart or Holiness, Yet in my walks it seems to me That the Grace of God is in Courtesy — Hilaire Belloc John Saward, in his article, “The Grace of God in Courtesy” (via Flos Carmeli), writes about courtesy as part of all of the virtues: […]

Little Dr. Doolittle

Child #4 will turn two years old next month. He does not yet talk, but he understands nearly everything you say. He says a couple pseudo-words like “yuts” for look, and “buh-buhr” for the dog’s name, Baxter. He doesn’t really say momma or dada, or anything else for that matter. But when he plays with […]

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To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all men, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. — Author unknown

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Let Go

God forgave you long ago. You need to learn to forgive yourself. God does not hold you back. You hold yourself back. When are you going to let go? If you have repented, if you have turned back toward God, if you have asked God to forgive, then why do you still hold on to […]

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The Winds of Fate

One ship drives east and another drives west With the selfsame winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sails And not the gales Which tells us the way to go. Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate, As we voyage along through life. ‘Tis the set of the soul That […]

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The Chapel

On Wednesday, we put the whole school, all 300 or so students, faculty, staff, even the cafeteria ladies, on buses and drove out of town for about an hour trip to Our Lady of Guadalupe Camp (OLOG) in eastern Oklahoma County. It’s cool to see the whole school get together and move to a place […]

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Conditions of Love

Not in heaven do we learn to love God, but here on earth. — Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Everlasting Life A couple weeks ago, I posted the following question: “What are the consequences of conditional love?” I have been contemplating this question in attempt to better understand Jesus’ call to love unconditionally. I was surprized, but […]

Difference Between the Water and the Wave

I have been thinking of the difference between water and the waves on it. Rising, water’s still water, falling back; it is water. Will you give me a hint how to tell them apart? Because someone has made up the word “wave,” do I have to distinguish it from water? There is a Secret One […]

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Looking in the Eyes of Love

I wonder should I tell you ’bout all the crazy things I’ve ever done I’ve been searching all my life And when I should have stayed I tried to run I was searching for an answer In a world full of strangers But what I found was never real enough Now that I’ve found you […]

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Greatest Single Cause of Atheism

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. — Brennan Manning

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Lets Talk About Sex

Last week, my quote on the corner of the chalkboard in my classroom was: You have to unzip your heart before you unzip your pants. Written in parenthesis under the quote was, “In other words, why would you trust your most precious sexuality with someone you do not trust with the secrets of your heart?” […]

There is a Way

In main entrance to my school, we do not have the Ten Commandments posted. We have the Beatitudes. A little ways into the main hallway, there is another big picture framed around these words: We are with you. There is a way through; There is a way to stand; There is a way to move; […]

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Unconditional Love

This post is a follow-up to “Conditions of Love” from two weeks ago. It is also partly a reply to one commenter’s suggestion that God’s love is preconditional. Unconditional love is the choiceto love a personwho does not deserve it. Unconditional = Freedom. No conditions, no pre-conditions, no post-conditions, no conditions whatsoever. Something freely offered. […]

X’s and O’s

With your computer mouse, highlight the whole line below from the X to the O: X Even though you can’t see Him, GOD is there! O

Note to Self

Part of the refrain from a Tim McGraw song: and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying and he said someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying

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