The Inefficiency of Love

This culture [of death] is actively fostered by powerful cultural, economic and political currents which encourage an idea of society excessively concerned with efficiency… The first to be harmed are women, children, the sick or suffering, and the elderly. The criterion of personal dignity—which demands respect, generosity and service—is replaced by the criterion of efficiency, … Continue reading The Inefficiency of Love

Sheep

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.      He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;      he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths     for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley,     I fear no evil; for you are with me;     your rod and … Continue reading Sheep

Work

By the sweat of your brow     you shall eat bread, Until you return to the ground,     from which you were taken; For you are dust,     and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 ____________ Work Work is man's gift and his curse. Curse We start life hating work.  It's doing something we don't want to … Continue reading Work

Gracefulness

"Hail, full of grace!" Luke 1:28 ____________ Gracefulness Grace and gratitude It is interesting that the words "grace" and "gratitude" have similar etymologies. They derive from the Latin word gratus, which means both pleasing and thankful (pleased). This reveals a practical way of understanding John Paul II's description of mercy as "bilateral", or two-sided: An act of … Continue reading Gracefulness