Tag Archive: forgiveness

Joy

We Christians have a joy problem…a disconnect between what we profess and believe to be ours in Christ and what is exhibited in our attitude and countenance. The sullen, angry, joyless Christian seems… Continue reading

Forgiveness

You’ve heard the stories. A young person is murdered and, incredibly, the parents declare that they forgive their child’s killer. In some cases, like this one here, they even go out of their… Continue reading

Peace

If I were to ask you to say the first thing that comes to mind when I say “peace,” it’s unlikely you would respond with “Jerusalem.” Unless it was Opposite Day. The Middle… Continue reading

Turn that frown upside-down

Thanksgiving’s coming, and friends on Facebook are committing to posting what they’re thankful for every day this month. I’m a pretty grateful type so I considered doing that. But then I thought…eh. What’s… Continue reading

Indulgences – drawing down debt

This is No. 10 in the series. Please read my introduction and explanation here. When I was considering doing this month-long series on the Catholic Church, I made a list of her teachings… Continue reading

The doctrine of Purgatory

This is No. 9 in the series. Please read my introduction and explanation here. I remember shortly before my father died, standing at the foot of his sickbed as two nuns prayed for… Continue reading

The sacrifice of the Mass

This is reason No. 2 in the series. Please read my introduction and explanation here. I remember the last time I attended Mass as a Catholic. I didn’t get there early enough (yeah…I… Continue reading

There will be justice

As we hear of innocent children being beheaded, their mothers raped, their fathers slaughtered mercilessly, we may question the whereabouts of this almighty, loving God Christians talk about. Is his arm too short… Continue reading

The hiddenness of God

Hey. Did you miss me? Sometimes I long for my elementary school days when summertime was all about sleeping in and having fun. Summer is a busy season for me now. But enough… Continue reading

The scandalous cross

It’s like wearing a tiny electric chair on a chain. That’s how a pastor at our church once described the offense of the cross of Jesus Christ. He was talking about how something… Continue reading

The love we need

Another parable. Same ‘he’…different ‘she.’ Sort of. She was poor and downtrodden. With little to call her own and even less hope for a better future, she felt virtually enslaved by her helplessness.… Continue reading

We’re just not that into him

It was a quickie wedding. The groom had been waiting a long time to make her his bride, but when she finally said ‘Yes’ she insisted on a short, civil ceremony and wanted… Continue reading

The best gift

Christmas Day is fast upon us, and I pray you have a truly joyous one with your family and loved ones. My siblings and I gather with our families for an evening celebration… Continue reading

Proper posture at Christmas

I’ve been busy lately, as probably most of you have, with preparations for Christmas – the decorating, the baking, the madness that is shopping in December. And, as happens every year, largely neglecting… Continue reading

What are we to make of this Jesus fellow?

It is a question with an ancient history that continues to have contemporary significance. What we believe about this individual whose life made an incalculable impact on the world, in a very real… Continue reading