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Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

“As followers of Jesus we are called to live before one audience, the audience of One…There is only one voice that matters for us – the voice of God, and not the voice of the people or the voice of the times. And certainly not the warm embrace of popularity, the soft whisper of our own desires for comfort, the siren lure of being ‘on the right side of history’, or the mean faces of the bullying activists and the social media mob. Equally, there is only one judgment that matters and one word of approval that counts in the end: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

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Called to Compassion – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Compassion – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Paul is incarnating one of the core teachings of Christianity that gives it so much of its splendor, but that sadly, goes unpracticed far too often: the call to compassion. Despite what the dictionary might say, true compassion is not simply “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others,” as if we could hygienically keep their pain at a distance, lest it infect us as well while we administer a few carefully chosen acts of charity. No, compassion runs far deeper than that. It means to suffer with, to enter into the place of that pain and be willing to hurt with and for others and, in so doing, become a source of comfort and hope in the midst of that pain.

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