The Heart of Prayer

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Your heart never takes a vacation, never goes on coffee break, never gets a sabbatical. It beats day and night. And every beat, every contraction of your heart muscles, is your body saying yes to life. With every beat, blood surges forth from the heart, bringing oxygen and nourishment throughout the body. The beating heart, […]

Formation: God’s Blessing To Us

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We come to God messy, broken, compromised by selfishness, and wounded by hurts others have inflicted on us or that we’ve inflicted on ourselves. If we’re honest, we can also name the ways we’ve hurt others as well. By accepting God’s grace, we slowly are healed, and we slowly grow into becoming the person God […]

A Sure And True Window

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The cross is the surest, truest and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God; the more we learn about the cross in all its historical and theological dimensions, the more we discover about the One in whose image we are made and hence about our own vocation to […]

The Necessity of the Quest

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The most basic reason for grappling with the historical question of Jesus is that we are made for God: for God’s glory, to worship God and reflect his likeness. That is our heart’s deepest desire, the source of our deepest vocation. But Christianity has always said, with John 1:18, that nobody has ever seen God […]

Eucharistic Dangers

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Speaking of changes in the Eucharistic celebrations that occurred during the High Middle Ages, Martos believes: “The mass itself, a ritual shadow of the great liturgies of earlier centuries, was opaque to most people, for they did not understand Latin and, even if they did, they could not have heard the priest standing at the […]

The Power of Forgiveness

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… being forgiven is a spiritual reality and a mystery. When someone tells us they forgive us for something we have done, we can accept the announcement dispassionately, or with relief, or gladly, or with a number of other emotions. If the person is someone we love or respect or look up to, being told that we […]