"If you wish to go to extremes,let it be in sweetness,patience, humility and charity." - St. Philip Neri We read or hear a lot about people on the "extreme left" or the "extreme right." I wish we heard more about people who are "extremely patient, humble, or charitable." But, of course, we don't and that's … Continue reading The Silence of God…
It’s the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul so, once again, I share my Paul entry to commemorate! God bless!
In the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 17, St. Paul gives a rousing set of remarks to the people of Athens. It’s filled with good things, but my favorite sentence (and not just in this Book, but anywhere) is “For in him we live and move and have our being.”
St. Paul did have a way with words. In fact he sometimes had too much of a way and in some of his letters he leaves me confused as I try to follow his run on sentences! But that’s a story for another time. What I found interesting and even surprising was that these words, of which I am so fond, did not originate with St. Paul. I did notice that the sentence is in single quotes and Paul does even say that “some of your own poets have said” those immortal words. Huh. I never really heard that before.
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People need something to live for. Meaning comes with a higher purpose in one’s life. Maybe it’s loving your child and getting them to responsible adulthood. Maybe it’s a spouse who would truly be lost without you. Maybe it’s a career that no one else could navigate as well as you for the sake of … Continue reading What the world needs now is…meaning
I listened to a Bishop Barron podcast this morning about “What Makes Life Meaningful?” which led me to go back and find this blog entry that I published in 2018. Here’s the link to his podcast: https://youtu.be/-oLVgaTfju4
Please read my entry, read the Bishop’s podcast, and share! God bless you! And thanks.
In the Old Testament’s 8th Psalm we read a meditation on the awesomeness of God and how insignificant we seem in comparison. And yet, we human beings are still the pinnacle of God’s creation.
In verse 6 we read,
“Yet you have made him little less than a god, crowned him with glory and honor.” Some translations use the term “angel” instead of “a god,” but we get the sense of it. Men and women are just a bit less special than creatures in Heaven. And that’s definitely at the ‘top of the heap’ on earth!
I was reminded of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as I’m sure many are and have been, in reading the words excerpted above from Psalm 8. Hence the title of this entry. In this passage Shakespeare has Hamlet observe, “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and…
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It occurs to me… He loves them The ones who make me laugh, the ones who hold me when I cry, the bright ones, the sassy ones, the stubborn ones, the silly ones, the brave ones who don’t know they’re brave, the weak ones who know where to get their … Continue reading 1 John 4:8
I hear that January 6th is some sort of anniversary. That's right, it's the Feast of the Epiphany, that glorious day, 12 days past Christmas when those amazing "wisemen" arrived from the East to bring gifts to the Christ child. For Catholic Christians, once Christmas day arrives, we begin to celebrate the epic event of … Continue reading #January6th
I watched this 10 minute excerpt from a Jordan Peterson talk and I found it fascinating and worth pondering, which I've done for much of the afternoon, in between chores and errands. So, I'll share my thoughts with you now. And maybe you can add to what I've come up with. I'd love to hear … Continue reading Sacrifice and growth