Going Beyond Commandments of No to Vocations of Yes

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I had the privilege of being the lector for the second reading at Mass today, which is from the Letter to the Romans: Brothers and sisters: Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, ” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love do … [Read more...]

Not A Gotcha God

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Less than an hour after I wrote yesterday's post on patience, I was at Daily Mass, and, during the prayers of the people (a moment in the liturgy when the whole church prays for specific, spoken intentions, and people meditate on their own, private petitions), I had a particularly uncharitable kind of prayer come into my mind.It was, in fact, an unpleasant enough thought, that I almost expected Anya (the wish granting demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer pictured above) to appear and say … [Read more...]

Does Univeralism Create a World Without Consequences?

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A couple weeks ago, PEG replied to my post on objections to universalism with a post of his own titled "Struggling With Apocatastasis."  In my original post, I wasn't affirming universal salvation, but replying to a common attempt to prove it impossible or unjust.  In his reply, PEG raised another objection that I'd like to take a crack at.  (I'm excerpting pretty briefly, so go check the whole thing). I think Leah is looking at human freedom only through the lens of choice... I think there is a … [Read more...]

Universal Salvation without Undue Coercion

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Richard Beck has a great post up today explaining how we can believe that, ultimately, everyone will be reconciled to God and join him in Heaven without casting God as the Great Brainwasher in the Sky, merrily crushing our ability to resist.  I'm excerpting the post below, but I recommend reading the whole thing. For a lot of Christians salvation is basically the process of posing an ultimatum to the human will: Choose Christ and live or deny Christ and go to hell. Basically, evangelism is a t … [Read more...]

Prophets and Bottles that Breed Confusion [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this chapter of Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis explains the Book of Revelation of following a kind of dream logic. We cannot enter into these *figures* just by interpreting them allegorically or by representing them conceptu … [Read more...]

Questioning Christ Fruitfully [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.The title of this week's chapter is "Faith Beyond Space and Time," and it's mainly about bewilderment.  Because God is transcendent, we usually go slightly wrong in our discussions and questions, but we can be confused in an appropriate … [Read more...]

Bringing Beauty to a Gun Fight [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter, Pope Francis talked about evangelization being more than simple explanation of the Gospel: Whatever form it takes, our task as bearers of the epiphany always goes beyond the simple acts of transmitting a message, … [Read more...]


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