Perhaps in encountering an impoverished person, we fear recognizing our own poverty and need: the truth that human beings exist fundamentally in relation. This fact is made perfectly clear in the incarnation, the enfleshment of Our Lord Jesus, who is God, needed his Mother. As we pass through our daily lives in the City of Austin, we encounter a vast multitude of people who do not know Jesus and who have never received the bread which will satisfy. The Lord’s words should resound in our ears: “there is no need for them to go away, give them some food yourselves.”
We are the trees, in the garden of the Lord. We are perhaps a variety of different trees, but we are all meant to bear good fruit, which means receiving a new nature from him, living in charity, and letting ourselves be pruned. “The tree is the soul, that is, the man himself; the fruit is the man’s works.” AUGUSTINE
Anytime we suffer evil in union with Christ, we show the world how much God loves them. The Kingdom of Heaven already triumphs because Christ, who is its embodiment, has already triumphed through his Cross and Resurrection.
God calls you and me to flourish with him supernaturally. He calls us to become like him and gives us the grace to make it happen. But he wants us to cooperate and respond to this grace in freedom. How will we respond to his gift of grace.
Jesus calls us to find our deepest identity from our relationship with Him, rather than in comparison with others which leads to envy.
We Catholics have confronted many evil realities in the past year. What should be our response to evil as Christians? Confronting great evil demands great saints. God is calling you and I to be a part of the solution to this scandal through prayer, holiness of life, and the proclamation of the Gospel. Through our and prayer holiness, which are his gifts to us, may many come to know Christ, so that when the Son of Man comes, he indeed will find faith on earth.
We hunger to have the good forever. The only enduring good is God. To cling to him we have seek and think about what is above. At the same time we must put to death our disordered attachments and stop lying so we can truly see things as they are. Tenemos hambre de tener el …
God desires you to receive his love because its what’s best for you. Christianity, at its heart, is not about doing; rather, it is about receiving from the Lord and being with Him. This is the better part. What keeps us from receiving the better part? Presumption, fear, or a belief in our self-sufficiency.
Imagine if you will, with me, the moments just before the dawn. Standing in the twilight just as the sun begins to break the horizon, the direction we face makes a lot of difference as to what we see. Looking west, we see a dark sky. It is difficult to distinguish things. Looking in this …