Someone who is not attentive to those experiences might think we're making it up or exaggerating. But to let him make the orders about where the line is would be like giving a couch potato the right to determine how much exercise is necessary!
In the Old Testament, only three types of people were anointed: priests, prophets, and kings. Christ, the Anointed One Himself, fulfills these three roles to the fullest in the munus triplex (triple office). In our baptismal anointing, we are brought into this munus triplex. We are called to live these three offices in Christ.
O God, the restorer and lover of innocence,direct the hearts of Thy servants unto Thyself:that being enkindled with the fire of Thy Spirit,they may be found both steadfast in faith and fruitful in deed.Catholic Collect Innocence is a confusing topic to me. On the one hand, many want to protect innocence, such as that of … Continue reading Innocence
The shepherd I always loved the shepherd in the creche scene who carries a lamb on his shoulders. He does this to keep it close to him, to prevent it from getting lost, to bring it to a better place. He is a symbol of Christ the Good Shepherd. According to the Prophet Isaiah, He … Continue reading Christmas Mercy
We humans do many things we don't mean to do, some of us more than others. But I have known no man who has escaped the Sneeze. Though it comes in various forms--the Sneeze of Suspense, the One That Sneaks Up On You, explosive, silent, painful, relieving--all sneezes are uncontrollable. You can learn to yawn … Continue reading A Christmas Sneeze
But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath. Indeed, if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his … Continue reading Sacrifice
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love [agapas] me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love [philo] you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do … Continue reading Love One Another
Emptiness Loneliness is hard. Loneliness is like being trapped in a room. Your mind is stuck so deep inside you, it doesn’t understand itself anymore. This is when you most need a friend, but instead of helping, it can make it worse. You don’t know how you got here. How on earth can you ask … Continue reading Loneliness
"What do you stand for?" That was the question that Bishop Robert Barron put to the Confirmandees who had gathered to “be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” It’s a good question for anyone to ask themselves. What do I stand for? ____________ Confirmation Make firm In Confirmation, the Bishop invokes the Holy … Continue reading Confirmation
A few years ago, I wrote a letter to my friends who were single. It went something like this: My dear ones, I know Valentine’s Day is past, but it took me all of that day and then some to think exactly what I wanted to say. I was thinking: it’s a good thing I … Continue reading Valentine’s Day