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  • Mysticism, Not Moralism
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    God always entices you through love. You were probably taught that God would love you if and when you changed. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change, is the experience of love and acceptance itself. This is the… Read more »
  • We Can Have Both Faith and Reason
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    Neither Peter Abelard nor Bernard of Clairvaux would understand or comprehend the twenty-first century secularist perspective that prevails in the West, when what is believed, written, and said about God simply does not matter. The culture today—even in most of our churches—tells us that anyone who worries about the details… Read more »
  • Prayer Is Like Practicing Heaven Now
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    “Everything exposed to the light itself becomes light” (Ephesians 5:13). In prayer, we merely keep returning the divine gaze and we become its reflection, almost in spite of ourselves (2 Corinthians 3:18). The word prayer has often been trivialized by making it into a way of getting what we want.… Read more »
  • All of Us Are Holy
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    Holiness comes in all shapes, sizes and walks of life. The father gazing on his sleeping child has as much potential to be holy as the monk gazing upon the tabernacle. There is no great divide between the prayer of the monastery and the prayer of the marketplace. There is no… Read more »
  • Call Forth the Good News in Others
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    In their dramatization of the Gospel, the brothers rewrote the script of life that included: the primacy of God, a spirit of prayer and penance, a life of simplicity and poverty, ministry to lepers (the outsiders), brothers from every walk of life or social status living together, living among the… Read more »
  • Living the Gospel Every Day
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    The Gospel is only ever lived out during the seemingly little things of the everyday. In office cubicles, on subway cars, along rural highways, at home or at play—in these places is where the quotidian reality of Christian life unfolds, or it doesn’t, according to our choices. Too often we… Read more »
  • Like Mary, We Bring Christ to the World
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    Francis recognized that there are two moments in our life with God. There is the moment when we are passive, when God’s grace overwhelms us, when we are forgiven, when we receive our new life in Christ. At this moment God is active; God does for us what we could… Read more »
  • Learn to Fail Well
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    If you want to be a successful painter, you will at first fail on numerous canvases. And if you want to be a successful mathematician, you will at first fail in solving the equations. If you want to be a successful writer, your manuscripts will be rejected endlessly until one… Read more »
  • The Risk of Appearing Foolish
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    The risk of appearing foolish never stopped Francis from embracing the Gospel as best he could, protesting the injustices of certain social systems, and letting nothing get in the way of his relationship with others. The virtue between the two foolish vices of avoidance and exploitation is the embrace of… Read more »
  • Empty Your Pockets
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    When we allow others to do things for us, God’s goodness shines through them. Poverty is not so much about want or need; it is about relationship. Poverty impels us to reflect on our lives in the world from the position of weakness, dependency and vulnerability. It impels us to… Read more »
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