Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Julian of Norwich and a life full of love Comments 1

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Growing up in an evangelical Protestant family, I didn’t hear much about the Christian mystics. My religious background tended to equate mysticism with occult practices, overlooking the mystics’ real emphasis: a direct experience of God. Yet, I sensed that the divine was a constant, companionable presence, someone who was simultaneously both within and all around Read more

Aspects of Mercy Comments 0

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Mercy is a God-word, liquid in that it seems to take the shape of any container open to it. Poured without a container it can soak in a random way, refreshing dryness and encouraging new growth, regardless of the boundaries of belief systems. As Scripture says, it falls like the rain on all. Little wonder Read more

Love and disobedience: Martin Luther King and the Greeks Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and times. Among other eras in history, he considers the prime of classical Athens, when he could have enjoyed the company of luminaries “around the Read more

Plans for Pontifical Franciscan University in Rome by 2018 Comments 0

Friday, December 4th, 2015

The heads of four Franciscan communities have announced plans to establish a Pontifical Franciscan University in Rome by 2018. This was announced by the Ministers General of the First Order in a letter dated November 29. “As an expression of the academic unity of the Franciscan family, this project will be committed to an emphasis Read more

Pornography: society’s common cold Comments 0

Friday, May 8th, 2015

I’ve recently discovered that a pornography addiction is now becoming as popular in our modern society as the common cold. It never ceases to swarm around, mercilessly infecting unsuspecting victims. A couple of weeks ago I had a good friend of mine confide in me about her and her boyfriend’s current battles with long term Read more

Pope Francis: we can’t be book-keepers of God’s love Comments 0

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

God is like a mother, He loves us unconditionally. However, too often we want to take control of this grace in a kind of a spiritual book-keeping, Pope Francis said during his homily at Mass this morning in the chapel at Casa Santa Marta. “God’s closeness is such that he is presented like a mother, Read more

Five ways faith may make marriage more healthy Comments 0

Friday, December 12th, 2014

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way. … Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”  I Corinthians 13 The words of the apostle Paul are a familiar text at Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Personal encounter with love of Jesus Comments 0

Friday, June 20th, 2014

264. The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel Read more

Love, sex and happiness Comments 0

Friday, November 1st, 2013

In her article in The New York Times, “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too,” Kate Taylor describes a world of ambitious Penn undergraduates who put their personal interests and their resumes first. Many have chosen to avoid romantic relationships during college entirely in favour of “hooking up,” no strings attached. As they Read more

Treating those we love like strangers Comments 0

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I was at the bookstore recently with my kids. The little ones were checking out the Legos while the older girls were lounging like hippies on beanbag chairs reading books we hadn’t bought. I noticed a mother was sitting nearby in the crowded cafe with her daughter, who seemed about thirteen or fourteen years old. Read more