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]

Vanity and Discouragement

For what profit comes to us from the toil and anxiety of heart with which we have labored under the sun?  All our days sorrow and grief are our occupation; even at night our minds are not at rest.  This also is vanity. Ecclesiastes 2: 22-23 There is perhaps no more “counter-cultural” text in the[read more]

The Fruits of the Spirit

Now the works of the flesh are obvious:  immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outburst of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.  In[read more]

Loving All In God

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his[read more]

The Will To Finish Our Work

“She has done what she could,  She has anticipated anointing my body for burial.  Amen, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” . . . . . “My soul is sorrowful, even to death.” Mark 14:8-9, 34 As[read more]

Desiring Not What Is Vain

Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord? / or who may stand in God’s holy place? / The one whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, / who desires not what is vain. Psalm 24:3-4 As Advent draws toward its conclusion, the figure of Mary becomes more and more focal. She is first[read more]