I Do Not Know You

“Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’  But he said in reply, ‘Amen I say to you.  I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour!” Matthew 25: 11-13 For me, some of the most frightening words of the scriptures are[read more]

Holiness and the Self

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13[read more]

Our New General Superior and Council

The 28th General Chapter of the Xaverian Brothers was held in Rome from Sunday, July 21, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019. The 30 delegates, representing the congregational regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kenya, and the United States, selected new leadership for the Congregation. Brother Daniel Skala, CFX GENERAL SUPERIOR Brother[read more]

Receiving the Word Of God

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2: 12-13 Today is the[read more]

Cleanse First the Inside

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,  you hypocrites.  You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.” Matthew 23: 25-6 A wise teacher used to remind us that “the unconscious[read more]

Fear and Responsibility

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.  You lock the Kingdom of heaven before people.  You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.” Matthew 23: 13-14 From our perspective, the seeming malevolence of the scribes and Pharisees, at least as presented in the gospels, is more than[read more]

Your God Will Be My God

Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth stayed with her.Naomi said, “See now! Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her god. Go back after your sister-in-law!” But Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your[read more]

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. “If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said, “whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the Lord. I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.” Judges 11: 30-31 Some ignored the[read more]