Written on Mar, 16, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Shame is insidious. It twists and distorts my heart, my relationships with God and neighbor. The great challenge in overcoming shame is that it rarely travels along a clean, straight line. Rather shame mixes everything together, it’s a jumble of sharp edges that cut and dull edges that bludgeon.

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Written on Mar, 15, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Isaiah’s warning to Jerusalem and the divisions in the human family that result from Babel are all still applicable today. We are all of us just as prone to make false promises in a vain attempt to subvert the will of God.

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For Thomas, God is not ‘separated’ from the world as a subsistent entity conceivable apart from his causal relationship to created beings; it is as cause of all beings that God ‘separates’ himself from all his effects by distinguishing those effects from himself. In this sense the ‘concept’ of God is, in truth, the concept of the relationship of God and world, conceived as an ordered plurality of diverse beings, each of which receives its being from the divine source of being.

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The take away for Christians and others of good will is this. We need to be careful that we don’t presume people agree with us. And, if they disagree with us, we need to be careful that we don’t impute malicious motives for their disagreement.  … Contempt for those who disagree with us is never a winning strategy. 

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Written on Mar, 14, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Eager to help us though He is, God will not help us against our will. God will not impose His grace on us. Immediately after these verses God says “let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.”

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To the Beloved-of-God Pastors, Venerable Monastics, and all the Faithful Children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora and in Ukraine   “It is the day of Resurrection, let us be illumined O people! Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha; for Christ God has led us from death unto life, and from earth to heaven, as we sing a song of victory.” (Paschal …

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Written on Mar, 13, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

Fidelity to God means that I must take seriously the example of God. I must not artificially limit God’s revelation of Himself to only those aspects I find pleasing. I must resist the temptation to create an idol by cannibalizing Scripture. 

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Written on Mar, 12, 2018 by in , | Leave a comment

We don’t have to live with a divided heart. We don’t have to be at war with each other because we don’t have to be at war with ourselves. In Christ, we can find forgiveness and wholeness of being. Communion with Christ brings communion with each other because it heals the divisions of the human heart.

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From the Cross, He looks at the Apostle who betrays Him, the faces of the disciples who abandon and deny Him, the Jewish officials who try Him, and the Roman who mock, beat, condemn and crucify Him and without reservation forgives.

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Written on Mar, 09, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

“Order, peace, and fecundity depend on cultural distinctions; it is not these distinctions but the loss of them that gives birth to fierce rivalries and sets members of the same family or social group at one another’s throats. It is not the differences but the loss of them that gives rise to violence and chaos.” — Rene Girard

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