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Monday, June 5, 2017

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit (πνεῦμα εὐθὲς) within me.” (Ps 50/51: 10)

The “right” spirit is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. He carries me in the “right” direction, like the wind carries a weak little bird in its flight, because God (“G” “O” “D”), as I heard somebody say, is all about “Good Orderly Direction.” Conversely, the “not right” kind of spirits, when I choose to befriend them, carry me all over the place, so I aimlessly “miss the mark,” that is, where I am supposed to be going, according to my God-given purpose or vocation. This state of affairs is both disorienting and lonely, leaving me flapping my wings against all sorts of hostile winds, on my own.

Today let me recognize, once again, God’s “right” Spirit, Who is always ready to carry me, when...

Friday, June 10, 2016

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn 15: 1-5)

It’s that simple. Because I can’t share with others what I don’t have myself. Without a daily connection with Christ, I am left with merely human words, behaviours, challenges, and interactions, which make no logical sense. And by “logical” I mean...

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