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On the Love of God


God is lovable in himself, and gives himself to us as the object of our love. He desires that our love for him should bring us happiness, and not be arid or barren. His love for us opens up inside us the way to love, it is the reward of our own reaching out in…(Read More)

Boiling water


After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.   Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight…(Read More)

Finding Mary


How should we think about her today, this little Middle Eastern woman called Mary? Different times and cultures have interpreted her in different ways and she could easily be the Lady of a Thousand Faces. Let’s see why. The first thing is to look in Scripture and, in particular, the Gospels. Not surprisingly, she…(Read More)

Samson: Hero or Terrorist?


This is the kind of story oppressed people tell to restore a bit of pride to their people. It’s the kind of story that inspires courage for resistance. It’s the kind of story that plants seeds to grow freedom fighters. It’s the kind of story that can create a new generation of…(Read More)

Mary: All is gift


When the girl [i.e., the blessed Virgin Mary] is greeted as “full of grace” by the angel, she is afraid. It casts a light on her own essential nature that she had never reflected on. “Poverty of spirit” (or, what is the same, humility) is not some verifiable virtue—capability, suitability, competence is something…(Read More)

Nicodemus’ Invitation


Nicodemus is a good patron for all of us who are basically good, conscientious, and competent people. Those of us who follow the rules and seem to do okay. We are respectful and respected people who have accomplished a degree of success. But when you have done what you are supposed to do and established…(Read More)

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