When you feel like judging your neighbor…

I can be pretty judgmental. It's one of my many failings. I read something about the topic a few weeks back that has stuck with me. It's from Bruce Marshall's novel, The Word, The Flesh, and Father Smith:Always remember that you can't see into other people's souls, but you can see into your own, and so as far as you know there is nobody alive more wicked and ungrateful to Almighty God than yourself.A helpful reminder. While we sometimes have to make calls on what people say or do, we … [Read more...]

In the community of God’s love

Three fish

The Trinity speaks to the interrelatedness of the Godhead, each person of the Trinity reaching into the others by an eternal bond of affection and love. That might seem abstract, but our love as Christians is supposed to mirror this love. But how, practically? It starts with charity -- less the noun and more the verb."Whenever one person helps another by word or deed," said Mark the Monk, "let both understand that this is the grace of God at work." Charity, in other words, is God's love … [Read more...]

Making grace stick

Sandpaper

Sometimes we face problems in life that really rub us wrong, abrasive and hurtful experiences that we would never characterize as good. Like everyone, I have come through many of these episodes; in hindsight some of them even make sense. I'd go so far as to say that I'm grateful for them.Here's one way to think about these situations. … [Read more...]

How to avoid ineffectual prayers

St. James the Less

James, the brother of Jesus, was serious about his prayer. He used to go to the temple and kneel in prayer so often and for so long that his knees were reputed to be as calloused and tough as a camel’s. He was bishop of Jerusalem then and was martyred several years before the temple was ultimately destroyed, but as long as he had life he could be found, as one ancient writer put it, “bending the knee in adoration to God, and begging forgiveness for the people.”Given his intense practice, it c … [Read more...]


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