Tag Archives: Grace

It’s All Grace From Beginning to End

It’s All Grace From Beginning to End March 11, 2018 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 Length: 7:24 Size: 10 MB Download “It’s All Grace From Beginning to End” MP3.

Created to Love

The Natural World: Week 1 Created to Love Thursday, March 8, 2018 In the fourth century, St. Augustine (354-430), an official “Doctor of the Church” (meaning he can be reliably trusted) in both Eastern and Western churches, said, “the church consists in the state of communion of the whole world.” [1] What an amazing and… Continue Reading Created to Love

Nature Reflects God’s Goodness

The Natural World: Week 2 Nature Reflects God’s Goodness Tuesday, March 6, 2018 To start with words of the great Doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas: “Grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it.” [1] Grace brings nature to a sense of its own sanctity, and it evokes this sacredness within the human heart. Aquinas… Continue Reading Nature Reflects God’s Goodness

The Givens

The Natural World: Week 1 The Givens Sunday, March 4, 2018 On spring and summer mornings, I love to go out early and walk in my little garden. If I can somehow let my “roots and tendrils” reconnect me with the “givens” of life, as Bill Plotkin calls them—not the ideas about life, but the… Continue Reading The Givens

God Is Merciful and Gracious

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 God Is Merciful and Gracious Monday, January 22, 2018 Most people naturally feel that God must be pleased and placated. The isolated ego cannot imagine infinite and gratuitous love. Until we receive the Gospel on a cellular level, the little mind processes reality in some form of “tit for tat.”… Continue Reading God Is Merciful and Gracious

Two Kinds of Darkness

Hope in the Darkness Two Kinds of Darkness Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Darkness is a good and necessary teacher. It is not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. First, like Ezekiel the prophet, we must eat the scroll that is “lamentation, wailing, and moaning” in our belly, and only eventually becomes sweet… Continue Reading Two Kinds of Darkness

Admitting Our Wrongdoing

Forgiveness Admitting Our Wrongdoing Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. —Step 5 of the Twelve Steps When we human beings “admit” to one another “the exact nature of our wrongs,” we invariably have a human and humanizing encounter that deeply enriches… Continue Reading Admitting Our Wrongdoing

An Unfolding Mystery

Forgiveness An Unfolding Mystery Monday, August 28, 2017 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons and daughters of God. —Matthew 5:9 The Spirit within us creates an unrelenting desire toward forgiveness and reconciliation. The entire Gospel reveals the unfolding mystery of forgiveness; it is the beginning, the middle, and the end… Continue Reading An Unfolding Mystery

A Franciscan Revolution

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 A Franciscan Revolution Friday, June 23, 2017 “. . . A man like St. Francis of Assisi, for instance. What does he really mean? . . . A complete break with the pattern of history. . . . A man born out of due time. A sudden, unexplained revival of the… Continue Reading A Franciscan Revolution

Law and Grace: Weekly Summary

Law and Grace Summary: Sunday, May 21-Friday, May 26, 2017 We must recover grace-oriented spirituality if we are to rebuild Christianity from the bottom up. (Sunday) When you recognize your own radical inability to really obey the purpose of the law and, in that same moment ask for God’s mercy, you have achieved the law’s… Continue Reading Law and Grace: Weekly Summary

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