Love

Lust vs. Love, Pt. 1: The Definitions and Differences

Lust is not true love for three reasons. First, it is selfish: what we love is not the person but the experience. Second, it is only animal love; it does not rise to the level of reason and free will. Third, it is not subject to God and His will and does not intend to […]

Pain, Sacrifice, Love, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven

Sacrifice without love is pain. Pain with love is sacrifice. Pain without love is misery. Love without pain is heaven. Love with pain is purgatory. Pain without love is hell. —Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Wartime Prayer Book —I came across the quote above in the Opening the Word program – March 18, 2018, Year B on […]

Perfection in Love, Not in Productivity

—from the blog post Learning to Be Provide For by Jenny Uebbing whose blog is Mama Need Coffee I had a wonderful encounter in the confessional this past weekend…during which father gently reminded me not to chase perfection. Not to expect perfection. And as I sat there mentally rebuffing his suggestion with the Scripture passage about being […]

3 Quotes About Sacrifice and Love

I came across all three quotes below in the Opening the Word study program for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A on Formed. “Direct your thoughts to… bearing the crosses, little or great, that you will find there. Believe me, this is the most important and least understood point to the spiritual life.” […]

How good to those who seek!

O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek, To those who fall, how kind Thou art! How good to those who seek! The Lord is kind to those who fall, as the Samaritan was kind to the man who had fallen among thieves; but He is good beyond description, bounteous, to […]

The Both/And of the Ultimate Value

Within a properly Christian context, the ultimate value, which positions and determines any other value is neither tolerance, nor diversity, nor inclusivity, but rather love. + To love is to will the good of the other as other. It is to break out of the black hole of one’s own self-regard and truly desire what […]

God, Shockingly Small

“I must go out into nature,” said Aaser, “If I am to find my God. He doesn’t submit to be shut up in a low, narrow church built by men.” Paul thought it was rather nauseating to hear such things said. Besides, he had a vague suspicion that a God who submitted to confined in […]