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Sunday, September 15, 2019

     “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning / my transgressions? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.” (Ps 21/22: 1-2)

     There is nothing new about having “doubt” in the whole business of our relationship with God. After all, it is in the Psalms, as quoted above. And it is in the words of this precise Psalm that our Lord gave voice to the human experience of doubt, when He cried out from the cross: “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Mt 27: 46).

     The word “doubt” comes from the Latin “dubitare,” which means “to hesitate, to question, to waver in opinion…” It is part, really, of all my relationships, – the merely-human ones also. I can be confronted w...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Lk 2: 1-7)

What was the Most Blessed Virgin thinking, throughout this difficult, week-long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, seated...

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be exploited (ἁρπαγμός, seized booty), but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient (ὑπήκοος) unto death, even death on a cross…” (Php 2: 5-8)

 

Here St. Paul tells us how we are to be “minded” (τοῦτο φρονεῖτε), as Christ was. We are not to use even our true prerogatives and talents as “a thing to be exploited,” when these strengths of ours might lead us away from the self-giving path of the cross. Just as, for example, our Lord did not use His divine powers to “turn these stones into loaves of bread,” just to prove Himself before a cynic...

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