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Choosing Heaven Now

Hell, No! Choosing Heaven Now Monday, September 13, 2021 The shape of creation must somehow mirror and reveal the shape of the Creator. We must have a God at least as big as the universe. Otherwise, our view of God becomes irrelevant, constricted, and more harmful than helpful. The Christian image of a torturous hell… Continue Reading Choosing Heaven Now

God Is Good

Hell, No! God Is Good Sunday, September 12, 2021 Your image of God creates you. This is why it is important that we see God as loving and benevolent and why good theology still matters. One mistaken image of God that keeps us from receiving grace is the idea that God is a cruel tyrant.… Continue Reading God Is Good

Vulnerability: A Divine Condition

Everybody Grieves Vulnerability: A Divine Condition Sunday, August 1, 2021 We live in a finite world where everything is dying, shedding its strength. This is hard to accept, and all our lives we look for exceptions to it. We look for something certain, strong, undying, and infinite. Religion tells us that the “something” for which… Continue Reading Vulnerability: A Divine Condition

Jesus’ Upside-Down World

The Sermon on the Mount Jesus’ Upside-Down World Monday, July 19, 2021 What is called the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel (5:1–7:29) is called the Sermon on the Plain in Luke’s Gospel (6:20–49). What we call in Matthew the Eight Beatitudes, we call in Luke the Blessings and Woes (four of each). Today… Continue Reading Jesus’ Upside-Down World

Four Shapes of Transformation

An Evolving Faith Four Shapes of Transformation Tuesday, June 1, 2021 An evolutionary faith understands that nothing is static. The universe unfolds, our understanding of God evolves and deepens, and our moral development surely evolves as well. We simply cannot, as adults, live by the same overly simplistic rules that governed our morality as children.… Continue Reading Four Shapes of Transformation

The Power of Love

Choosing Love in a Time of Evil The Power of Love Friday, May 21, 2021 Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) was a Polish Franciscan priest known for his leadership, his skill as a writer, and his passionate devotion to the Virgin Mary. A prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp, he chose to save the life of another inmate… Continue Reading The Power of Love

Our All-Vulnerable God

Trauma and Healing Our All-Vulnerable God Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Very few of us can actually imagine God suffering. I bet almost half the prayers of the Catholic Church begin with “Almighty God” and when you’re “all mighty,” you don’t suffer! And yet if we believe that Jesus reveals the hidden heart of God, we… Continue Reading Our All-Vulnerable God

Everything Is Passing Away

Apocalyptic Hope Everything Is Passing Away Thursday, April 29, 2021 Jesus said to his disciples, “In those days, after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. And the stars will fall from the sky. And the powers in the heavens will be shaken, and they will see… Continue Reading Everything Is Passing Away

Stages of Growth in Love

An Expanding Love Stages of Growth in Love Sunday, March 14, 2021 We’re told by developmental psychologists that there’s a staging in our growth in love. We have to start with self-love and respecting the self. If we don’t respect ourselves, we won’t know how to respect anybody else. Then God moves us to group… Continue Reading Stages of Growth in Love

Living in Heaven Now

Communion of Saints Living in Heaven Now Friday, March 12, 2021 Jesus spoke these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, “Father . . . I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in me through their word; that they may all be one; even… Continue Reading Living in Heaven Now

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