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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

     “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be (ἁγιασθήτω) Thy name…” (Mt 6: 9)

     It’s the first thing we “ask” for, in the Our Father; that God’s name “be hallowed.“ We’re saying, “Let it be” holy. But who is it that we are “asking,” to “let it be” this way? We are asking ourselves, while calling to God as our Witness, to let His “name,” – His “reputation” amongst us, if you will, – not to be tainted by our own projections upon Him, of our own shortcomings and issues (for example, our “daddy issues,” say, of a distant or absent or unreasonably-demanding or otherwise-abusive parent). Because God Himself does not need to be asked to do this, as He does not stand in the way of His name being hallowed in our world and in our hearts. We do that. Hence...

Monday, April 16, 2018

     “…Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” (Jn 20: 26-31)

     “These are written,” – thus St. John explain...

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