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Advent: Trust is essential in our waiting

“One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace […]

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Being thankful for the dark times

A thanksgiving retreat We had a retreat on thankfulness this Mon-Wed of this week (2016).  This time of the year the number is usually small; we had five participants.  Usually we have larger groups.  I do like the smaller ones however.  When I started off the discussion, I reminded the group that when thinking about […]

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The in-between

The place is very crowded, People here for many different reasons, Some seem happy talking laughing, over their lunches and coffee. Some pretending everything is ok, Yet underneath knowing that soon, Well just soon………. Best not to speak of it, Just enjoy this day. Though it is strange Being in the in-between, Neither here nor […]

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Hope, wishful thinking and presumption — what’s the difference?

Learning to live with true Christian hope “‘Hope!’ What a waste of energy!” No easy “greeting-cards cheerfulness” for that bitter old man. I admired that part of him. But his hopelessness? Not so much. Granted, he had earned his claim to bitterness. Life had been hard on him. His hopelessness frightened me, because I suspected […]

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Advent and hope

“The season of Advent restores … a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! … Let us think about and feel this beauty.” —Pope Francis There is a lot of glitter during the Advent and Christmas season. In […]

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Self Fusion and Human Personality

The root of personality is to be sought in the “true Self” which is manifested in the basic unification of consciousness in which subject and object are one. Hence the highest good is “the self’s fusion with the highest reality.”* Human personality is regarded as the force which effects this fusion. The hopes and desires […]

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Nations are subject to God and His Law

It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in Holy Scripture, and […]

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Remove Rocks from the ‘Stream of Life’

Once received, graces are enhanced every time we are diligent, overcome a bad habit, confess a sin (making a real effort not to repeat it), or turn away from what tempts us. God blesses us to encourage us in good and withdraws blessings to indicate when we are in error. Graces are enhanced every time […]

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Thoughts on true Self

The root of personality is to be sought in the “true Self” which is manifested in the basic unification of consciousness in which subject and object are one. Hence the highest good is “the self’s fusion with the highest reality.” Human personality is regarded as the force which effects this fusion. The hopes and desires […]

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Get Up

There are times when the hardest thing to accomplish is to simply get up,or to keep going.  To give up is easy, to move forward in faith more difficult.  We are on a journey, so wrong turns will be taken, there will be failures and detours, yet, as it is learned, grace draws us back over and […]

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