Holiness

Servants of God – Eighth Meditation in the Studies of 1 Peter

In particular, I think we must realize the contrast between what God through Peter calls us to and the behavior we too often fall into as Christians in a newly hostile or indifferent environment. Our response all too often vacillates between belligerence and withdrawal, between anger and despair, between our own forms of attack–scorn and defamation–and playing the role of the victim. Of course, all of this comes from fear, but that is no excuse. God’s people must behave as God’s people even, or especially, in the moment of greatest challenge.

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Repentance and Transformation – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Repentance and Transformation – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

“When men’s thoughts cease to resemble God’s thoughts, their conduct ceases to be godly. This, in a nutshell, is the importance of the New Testament doctrine of repentance: it is a calling of men’s minds to be patterned after God’s, in order that their conduct may be in keeping with his will and that they may participate in his reign.”

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Something Beautiful for God – Seventh Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Something Beautiful for God – Seventh Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

The beauty of heroic Christian virtue, humility, and sacrificial love stands out and attracts amidst the banal ugliness of much of this fallen world and it points to the one who is its source, who, in Jesus, is beauty incarnate. I love this way of thinking about what it really means to “maintain good conduct among the gentiles.” It is a much higher calling than we suspect. It is the calling so eloquently and simply captured by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta both in her life and in her exhortation to us: “Make your life Something Beautiful For God.” May this always be our high aspiration.

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Joy and Suffering – Third Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Joy and Suffering – Third Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

This may be a hard word but it is a good word and one which I am confident God wants us to embrace…Peter says, “you may have to suffer various trials so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and honor and glory.” Of course the testing here is not a test to see if you or I pass or fail. Rather it is the sort of test, like an athlete’s endurance trials, that is meant to strengthen and purify what is already there.

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The Path to Perfection – Second Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

The Path to Perfection – Second Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

What is it that we should be striving for and which is his good pleasure to work within us? Paul gives more than a hint as he tells the Philippians what he prays for them. First, (and it must always be first) he prays that their love may increase ever more and more…
Second, he prays that they may increase in knowledge and discernment; that is, in their understanding of right from wrong, truth from falsehood, good from evil, value from vanity. The prayer is that they may see all things as God sees them and so know their true worth.

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Holiness and Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Advent

Holiness and Love – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday in Advent

Only when the two are lived together, Love and Truth, are we able to live lives truly pleasing to God. Love alone is formless and may even be harmful, though truly unintentionally. Truth alone is often harsh and callous and, without love, is not truth at all. The two must be joined, truth guiding love and love motivating truth.

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Walking in the Light- Second Reading in Preparation for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Walking in the Light- Second Reading in Preparation for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The key to knowing the way to life, to being able to flourish in life, is found in the last few words of the paragraph above: “and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord”. It is the same idea we find in today’s passage: “do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

How are we to know what the will of the Lord is?

We must know the Lord first. Jesus himself said, “I am the light of the world,” so to know Him, know what is pleasing to Him, to understand what His will is and to embrace it, is to “walk in the light.”

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An Inexpressible Gift – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

An Inexpressible Gift – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“One of Paul’s favorite analogies to describe the relationship with God that we gain through baptism is adoption…What I love about this analogy is what it reveals to us about the type of interaction that God wants to have with us. He does not interact to us as a master to his servants, nor does he relate to us as an aloof king to his subjects. He reacts to us precisely in the way the best father in the world would interact with each of his children: with a unique love for each and every one of us in which he cares about absolutely every aspect of our lives. Nothing is too small or great to take to our daddy.”

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Holy Marriage – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Marriage – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“God who created man out of love also calls him to love…For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love. Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creators eyes”

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