Love

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 […]

We are the sum of the Father’s love for us…

We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son. —St. John Paull II, from a homily on July 28, 2002 at the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto

On Life and Death… But Most of All On Love

—from the end of an article/interview with author Kate DiCamillo, speaking about her dog Henry Losing Henry, “it breaks your heart — it is the lesson of life just made so explicit,” she said. “Because your heart goes, ‘I will never do that again.’ But then you think, what’s the point of being here if […]