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The Danger of Martha’s Vindication

October 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Scripture

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I have noticed a troubling trend in past years when the Gospel reading about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Christ surfaces. Of course we all know the passage: “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came... Read More

Forsake Not the Discipline

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“Forsake not the discipline.” These words are reported as among the very first and very last teachings of St. Antony of the Desert by his spiritual son, St. Athanasius. The Christian life is not something we master – but it does give us everything we need to master ourselves in the new and unrepeatable circumstances each day, each moment, brings.  Every day we must choose to begin to live the Christian life as... Read More

Nescivi – A Cry of A Heart in Love with God

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“Nescivi!”  This is the Latin for what it seems the Shulamite Bride of the Canticle of Canticles sings in 6:12.  The passage is difficult to translate.  One 16th Century Doctor of the Church, Saint John of the Cross, understood it to be the declaration of a lover captivated with thoughts of her Beloved.  The Latin means “I no longer know (anything)” although some modern English translations of this obscure... Read More

Give thanks to the Lord – Psalm 105:1-5

March 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Meditations, Scripture

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Give Thanks to the Lord! Give Thanks to the Lord! Giving Thanks to the Lord! PSALM 105:1-5 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works that he has done + Art:... Read More

Seek the things that are above! … Advice from Saint Paul

November 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Scripture

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Things that are above Seek the Things that are Above … Seek the Things that are Above … If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead to the world; and your life is hid with Christ in God. from Saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians 3:1-3. From the commentary... Read More

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