Posts made in June, 2017

Appear not before the Lord empty handed

Religious brother Carlo Carretto once had a dream that changed his life.  He was living in the Sahara Desert and had chosen not to give an extra blanket to an elderly tribesman.  That night, he dreamed that he was lying paralyzed under a huge rock.  He could see the old man shivering in front of him and tried to give him the blanket, but he could not move.  Awakening, he realized how far he still had to go in following Jesus. Carretto’s...

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Jesus, looking at him, loved him.

God is omniscient. He sees everything.  Nothing is veiled to him, not even our hidden sins.  This truth might make us apprehensive.  But in reality, we should rejoice!  Because, not only is God all -knowing, but he is also all-loving! More than seeing our sins, he is on the lookout for every sign of virtue in us. As the right young man rattles off all of his virtuous habits, Jesus looks at him with great love.  He approves and even applauds all...

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Even should she forget, I will never forget you.

What a spectacular word from God!  How did Isaiah come up with such a moving analogy for God’s love?  Especially in the ancient Near East, with its male dominated outlook, comparing almighty God to a loving, tender mother mush have sounded revolutionary. Let this analogy sink in for a moment.  When we hear of a mother’s love for her newborn child, we immediately think of a warm, encompassing, and nurturing love.  We think of a women...

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Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid…

Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Did you know that every day, God calls you “very good”?  Even with your sins, weaknesses, an dwounds, he delights in you. He never tires of holding our his dreams and goals for your life.  So if you find that you have lost some of the “flavor”, vigor, and energy that God has endowed you with, know that you can restore it.  It is never too...

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