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Finding the Truth

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Finding the Truth The Lord (Week 22 of 23) It is a great mistake to believe that man can find truth in himself or in the things around him easily. It is not uncommon for someone particularly honored for his profundity and natural piety to suddenly break out with statements about God and Christ that are so false, so incomprehensibly distorted, that one is stricken by the heaven-shocking questionableness and unredeemed preposterousness... Read More

How Does God Console?

November 7, 2017 by  
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How Does God Console? The Lord (Week 21 of 23) How does God console? Not by saying: Your trials are not really so terrible; they are terrible, and he sees them as terrible. Nor does God promise miraculous intervention. History has its time and its power, also history directed against God, and he does not cancel them. But over and above earthly reality, he gives us a glimpse of heavenly reality. Over and above the storm and press... Read More

Love of Neighbor in Jesus’ Life

October 24, 2017 by  
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Love of Neighbor in Jesus' Life The Lord (Week 19 of 23)   The whole purpose of Jesus' life is to replace our human conceptions of God; not only the primitive, grotesque, but also the highest, purest, and most refined. These above all. Certainly, God is omnipresent, exalted over time and space; yet he also can come when it pleases him; can live among us, and when the hour has struck, can depart and return—with a new countenance. … [N]o... Read More

The Eucharist Is More than Words

October 10, 2017 by  
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The Eucharist Is More than Words The Lord (Week 17 of 23) For almost two thousand years men have prayed and probed and fought over the meaning of these words. They have become the sign of a community that is holier, more intimate than any other, but also occasion for the profoundest schism. Hence, when we ask what they mean, let us first be clear as to how they should be taken. There is only one answer: literally. The words mean... Read More

How to Be Humble

September 26, 2017 by  
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How to Be Humble The Lord (Week 15 of 23) But can sin hinder the all-powerful will of love? Can't God fill men with such horror of sin that they fly to him in contrition and love? Who is to say what is possible and what not? No, there must be something else in God that the word love does not cover. It seems we must say, God is humble. But first let us clarify the word. We use it to describe someone who bows to the grandeur of... Read More

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

September 12, 2017 by  
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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

Love of Neighbor, Love of God

August 29, 2017 by  
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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

Serving God as Both Martha AND Mary

August 15, 2017 by  
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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

Forgiveness and the Freedom to Love

August 1, 2017 by  
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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

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

July 18, 2017 by  
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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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