Friday, January 22, 2021
Friday, January 8, 2021
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” — Jesus Christ.
Republican Ronald Reagan and Democratic leader Tip O'Neill
In the Hebrew Bible it says: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
In the Christian Bible it says: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
It's time to end the constant discord and come together as one. Union is strength, discord can only lead to defeat.
Pray with me:
In this century and in any century,
Our deepest hope, our most tender prayer,
Is that we learn to listen.
May we listen to one another in openness and mercy
May we listen to plants and animals in wonder and respect
May We listen to our own hearts in love and forgiveness
May we listen to God in quietness and awe.
And in this listening,
Which is boundless in its beauty,
May we find the wisdom to cooperate
With a healing spirit, a divine spirit
Who beckons us into peace and community and creativity.
We do not ask for a perfect world.
But we do ask for a better world.
We ask for deep listening.
- Jay McDaniel, Professor of Religion, Hendrix College, Arkansas
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Saint Augustine once said in a prayer to God:
"You have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
As a young man, Augustine would have fit in well in our current culture. Like so many today, he fell into the illusion that something other than God could satisfy, could give his life purpose and meaning. It is easy to be completely distracted by the world and ignore the one who can fill us with purpose, joy and peace: Jesus Christ.
Our restlessness is not an obstacle to experiencing God's love, just the opposite. Our restlessness is the best avenue we have for the grace of God to touch and transform us. If you seek peace and purpose in your life, that is God tugging at your heartstrings, saying, look here.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
The Catholic Church has a "hall of fame." We give those we honor the title "Saint." These are people who lived lives worthy of imitation. Nearly everyday the Church recalls the story of one of these great witnesses to Christian life. In this way these "Saints" continue to light our way on our journey of faith.Today we honor a 4th Century Christian - St. Basil. His impact was so profound he has been given the title Basil the Great. The iconic domed church in Red Square in Moscow dedicated to him is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.
Catholics each day have the opportunity to read something our Saints have said. What St. Basil said 1600 years ago has motivated me to clean out my closet today and head to the local homeless shelter.
He said: "The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.”
― St. Basil the Great