We don’t really know that much about Joseph and I wonder if that causes us to give him the short end of the stick. Yet, the imagery of a loving father that Jesus uses to talk about God implies that Joseph played an important role in his formation. The way in which Joseph participates in the Incarnation suggests that perhaps we all have a role in birthing God into the world.
So let’s all try this week to look at the bracket of Lent Madness, read the biographies of the saints proposed, and find something that we can have in common with those formerly sinful people, many who don’t have the word “saint” in front of their name. It might just be an enlightening adventure.
In this episode, Tim Schenck and Scott Gunn join the conversation and get into the details of creating Lent Madness and what we have to look forward to this year
It would be a very dull world if we all were alike enough to all like the same hymn. We all have different experiences, different needs, different tastes. I think Watts understood this, and wrote accordingly.
I don’t know of Mother Teresa ever really planned on becoming a saint. I kind of doubt it. Does anybody really set out with the intention of becoming a recognized Saint throughout the church?
There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is Curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is Vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is Love. – Bernard of Clairvaux
Do your children know that your favorite artists are people of faith? Do your grandchildren and their friends appreciate what they were saying with their art? How does your own theology compare? Can you talk about that with your friends?
The Righteous Gentiles were an example of what one person, or one small group could do to help others. Whether they were practicing Christians or not, they exemplified not just Christian values but also the commandments of God given to the Jews themselves.
Music is part of our lives, and part of our faith tradition. Johnson understood this as he spoke of the songs of his people, the music of unheralded bards whose names are known to God alone but whose music still echoes in our hearts and minds.
So many lessons, most especially remaining faithful to God and not building our own kingdoms or following those who seek to do that very thing.
We ourselves are icons – temples pointing toward God. Quirky and mixed up as we are, we still belong to the body of Christ, and God will use us whenever God can.
After her death we learned that for the entire time she was working with the lowliest of sufferers she felt an absence of God’s presence in her life that left her in agonizing desolation.
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