Posts made in June, 2018

The lamp of the body is the eye

The lamp of the body is the eye.  Have you ever watched an ice cream commercial and said to yourself,  “I could go for a cone right now!”   Maybe you have a lot of self-control, and you think,  “Well, that really isn’t a good idea.”   But you may also find yourself drifting into the frozen section of the grocery store next time you shop.   That little inspiration came into your mind, became part of your thoughts, grew into a kind of craving,...

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When you fast

When you fast . . . The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote,  “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”   This quote, while originally penned in humor, contains a kernel of truth.   We love food!   Not only does it satisfy our physical hunger, but it can bring us comfort and happiness as well.   So for many of us, the idea of intentionally going without it—fasting—can make us feel uncomfortable. Remember, though, that the...

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Love your enemies

Love your enemies. Who is my enemy? It’s easy to adopt the familiar us-versus-them distinctions, especially if we spend most of our time with people who are similar to us.   It’s tempting to lump outsiders together under negative stereotypes and think,  “They are nothing like me.” But try an experiment. Imagine you are at a large party with a wide variety of people.   The host asks guests to sort themselves into two groups:  blue eyes or...

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An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Retaliation—one of the world’s oldest and most contagious sins.   Did you know that the Old Testament law of “an eye for an eye” was designed to put a limit on retaliation?   You can find it in Leviticus 24:19-20.   The goal was to keep people from inflicting more damage than they had received.   Actually, it was considered an innovation for its time.   It was not uncommon for a victim to...

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Without parables he did not speak to them

Without parables he did not speak to them.  Did you know that you are quirky?   It’s true.   The fact that you are taking time out to read these words—and, most likely, to read the Scriptures —sets you apart as unusual.   Not too many people set aside time for prayer, after all. But your quirkiness doesn’t end there.   Do you go to Mass on Sundays?   How odd!   You could be sleeping in, like a lot of other people.   Or getting up early to go...

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