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Practicing love

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The unique and supreme proof of love is this: to love a person who opposes us. That is why Truth himself bore the suffering of the cross, and even bestowed his love on his persecutors. He said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…(Read More)

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Show mercy

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Charity does not demand of us that we should not see the faults of others; we must in that case shut our eyes. But it commands us to avoid attending unnecessarily to them, and that we be not blind to the good, while we are so clear-sighted to the evil that exists. We must…(Read More)

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For the love of God

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He told me that God always gave us light in our doubts when we had no other design but to please Him and to act for His love…(Read More)

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Giving life to ashes

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Time is measured by a threefold division, past, present, and future. In all three we receive the munificence of the Lord. If you consider the present, it is through Him that you live; if the future, your hope that your expectations might be fulfilled in founded on Him; if the past, you realize that you…(Read More)

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We must have God

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“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters”—the very beauty of this picture may serve only to hide from us the depths of its meaning. We seem to see the shepherd walking before his flock through fields decked out with green and gold and all the…(Read More)

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I am a Christian

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While we were still under arrest, my father out of love for me was trying to persuade me and shake my resolution. “Father,” said I, “do you see this vase here, for example, or waterpot or whatever…(Read More)

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Transformation

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When I read, “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves,” I recognize the promise of adventure and come along, at least in my imagination. I had read this story many times, repeatedly asking myself, “Why these three disciples…(Read More)

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Companions in illness

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Years ago as a seminarian I had the happy experience of being mentored by the Rev. Charles Meyer at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. Chuck was something of an iconoclast…(Read More)

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The Indians on Long Island, on the arrival of the white people, were found divided into distinct tribes, or perhaps more properly, collections of families, having different names, and exercising an independent authority or control over separate portions of territory; and these tribes had, moreover, each their chiefs and head men…(Read More)

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Preaching the gospel

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I mean by preaching the gospel, preaching the love of God to sinners, preaching the life, death, resurrection, and intercession of Christ, with all the blessings which, in consequence thereof, are freely given to true believers…(Read More)

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