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You Are Not Your Own

In today's brief selection from St. Paul's letter to the Romans, we learn, “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord.” This affirms that your life is not about you! It’s about God and God’s purpose for you. It’s about being drawn out of your comfort zone and into the adventurous space of divine mission.

Forgive As You Have Been Forgiven

Jesus preached forgiveness over and over, and I think it’s no coincidence its mentioned so much in the Gospels. Forgiveness is hard, and Jesus knew that. But why should we bother to forgive those who hurt us? Forgiving them will make it seem like what that person did wasn’t wrong, or that my own hurt […]

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Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

The seventeenth century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver, dedicated his life to caring for the needs of slaves as they arrived in Cartagena from Africa. According to St. Peter Clever, social justice includes and prioritizes evangelization, a mission which flies in the face of Immanuel Kant's argument that religion is basically resolvable into ethics.

3 Answers to Your Questions

We are but a snow-covered dunghill. This saying, which is often attributed to Martin Luther, tries to sum up redemption with a picture of surface level transformation. I think that this image is inadequate garbage. You are made for something so much greater and God desires to do great things in your life. Question #1 […]

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Judgment and Love

If there is one absolute in our secular culture today it is non-judgmentalism. Some people, seeking to defend this point of view from a Biblical perspective, will point to Jesus’ famous enjoinder: “Judge not and you will not be judged.” But what should be clear is that this cannot mean that we never point out moral failures—for Jesus does that all the time. How should we navigate the ways of judgement and love? Our second reading, from Paul to the Romans, is eminently helpful here.

The Power of Prayer

Do you believe that you can encounter Jesus today?  I mean actually encounter him.  Jesus tells us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Jesus reminds us that he is present when we gather to pray. Don’t underestimate the power of praying with people. My simple prayer is […]

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Ingrid’s Virtual Reality

Matt Spicer’s dark comedy Ingrid Goes West is a telling and penetrating critique of the iPhone culture that has swallowed up so many young people today, and it artfully explores the shadow side of living in virtual reality.

Jeremiah and the Word of God

I’ve always loved the prophet Jeremiah, and not just as a literary/spiritual figure, but as a person. He was known as the “weeping prophet” and his nickname was “terror on every side.” Against that background, we listen to him in our reading for today and gain encouragement as we evangelize through struggle.

The Amazing Thing God Does

God’s power and might shows up in ways we don’t expect. If you are anything like me, sometimes we start believing we have God figured out. We know what he has done and what he is supposed to do. I am often pleasantly surprised to find out that God’s ways are not my ways. He […]

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Grace or Karma?

There are two basic approaches to religion throughout the world. The first, found in much of the East, is a religion of karma, and the second, prominent in the Abrahamic religions of the West, is a religion of grace. We devotees of a religion of grace have to know that the gift is not for us alone; rather the generosity of God is meant to awaken a like generosity in us.