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Beware of the Self-Help Genre

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Beware of the Self-Help Genre The Lord (Week 14 of 23) We can participate in the beginning which is he only by becoming one with his will. When we feel this we draw back, startled, for it means the cross. Then it is better to say honestly: “I can’t, yet,” than to mouth pious phrases. Slow there, with the large words “self-surrender” and “sacrifice”! It is better to admit our weakness and ask him to teach us strength.... Read More

I “Am” Not a Christian – Insight from Romano Guardini

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

I “Am” Not a Christian – Insight from Romano Guardini The Lord (Week 13 of 23) I “am” not a Christian; I am on the way to becoming one — if God will give me the strength. Christianity is nothing one can “have”; nor is it a platform from which to judge others. It is movement. I can become a Christian only as long as I am conscious of the possibility of falling away. The gravest... Read More

How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith The Lord (Week 12 of 23) What immeasurable assurance it would be to catch his eye and feel his power surge through us, to know with every cell of our being who he is? Why isn’t this granted us? We must know. — The Lord (Part 4, Chapter VI, Paragraph 12) Isn’t this the dream of each and every one of us? To KNOW? That is, to know by sight and by touch? To hear... Read More

Love of Neighbor, Love of God

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Love of Neighbor, Love of God The Lord (Week 11 of 23) My nerves are frayed. If one. more. person. asks something of me, I will explode. In fact, I will not just explode, but probably also implode. It's NOT impossible. I can feel the truth of it in my bones. And then, it happens. It's the smallest thing, so inconsequential I don't even remember it. And despite that overwhelming, drowning sensation, I find myself doing the thing... Read More

Hatred – The Most Blinding Force of All

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Hatred – The Most Blinding Force of All The Lord (Week 10 of 23) To see another human being as he really is means to lay ourselves open to his influence. Thus when fear or dislike moves us to avoid him, this reaction is already evident in our gaze; the eye characterizes him, stifling the good, heightening the bad. We discern his intentions, make swift comparisons, and leap to conclusions. All this proceeds involuntarily,... Read More

Serving God as Both Martha AND Mary

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Serving God as Both Martha AND Mary The Lord (Week 9 of 23) Martha's work is balanced by Mary's reverence. Christianity has always placed the life struggling for inner truth and ultimate love above that intent on exterior action, even the most courageous and excellent. It has always valued silence more highly than words, purity of intent more than success, the magnanimity of love more than the effect of labor. Naturally, both... Read More

The Never-Ending Process of Spiritual Growth

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Process of Spiritual Growth The Lord (Week 8 of 23) He who had lived in darkness was suddenly flooded with light that, pouring in through his eyes, dazzlingly illuminated everything within him. Then Jesus taught him to adjust himself to the new brightness both within and without: to perceive in the natural light also that other, holy light which contact with the light of the world had kindled. Jesus inflamed the man to a... Read More

Forgiveness and the Freedom to Love

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Forgiveness and the Freedom to Love The Lord (Week 7 of 23) Forgiveness does not mean that God says to me: Your evil deed shall be undone. It was done and remains done. Nor does it mean that he says: It was not so bad. It was bad?I know it and God knows it. And again it does not mean that God is willing to cover up my sin or to look the other way. What help would that be? I want to be rid of my transgression, really rid of it.... Read More

Miracles and Crosses – Two Sides of the Same Coin

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Miracles and Crosses – Two Sides of the Same Coin The Lord (Week 6 of 23) The miracle reveals the world as it appears to God: the world viewed from within, from the perspective of the human heart and human fate. It also teaches us who God is: him to whom man’s fate means so much…He is the God of hearts. …God is moved by the suffering human heart; the pain of it clouds his face, and we understand who he is and what... Read More

There’s Hope for All of Us: Just Look at the Disciples

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

There's Hope for All of Us: Just Look at the Disciples The Lord (Week 5 of 23) And the disciples? It must be admitted that during Jesus' lifetime not one of them suggests a great personality. Before Pentecost they are still all too human. It is depressing to see Jesus among them. Uncomprehending they degrade everything, are jealous of each other, take advantage of their position, and when the test comes, fail. The Lord, Part... Read More

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