What we can learn from Augustine’s mom about community

When Augustine’s mother Monica moved to Milan, she was concerned about fasting. The practice was universal in the church from the beginning, but it differed in places. In Monica’s hometown the church abstained on Saturdays, but not the church in Milan. What should she do?Augustine, then a catechumen, had no idea; so he put the question to his bishop, Ambrose.“[W]hatever church you come to, conform to its custom,” said Ambrose. Even as a bishop he said that he observed the same rule (Let … [Read more...]

Celebrating faithful mothers

Celebrating Mothers

The most obvious thing to do with mothers is to celebrate them.I watch my Megan day in and out striving to raise, nurture, encourage, protect, correct, and prepare our kids. It's a humbling thing to behold. When I say that I couldn't do it, I say the obvious. When I say that she does, I speak of the miraculous.God has a special concern for mothers, something apparent in both the Bible and the memory of the church, which tell the story of so many noteworthy mothers. Just start with the … [Read more...]

Understanding God’s mysterious methods

Detour

It's easy to get frustrated at God and the way he appears to be ignoring our plans and prayers. But God's ways are not, so Isaiah informs us, ours. And it's interesting what can happen when we look back at unfulfilled ambitions, unplanned occurrences, and unanswered prayers.Sometimes we can see God winking at us through the supposed disappointment. Why? Because in retrospect it all turned out so much better than we had hoped.If we think about it, we all have a dozen examples from our … [Read more...]


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