Forgiveness

We have a beautiful confessional at St. John the Evangelist here in Calgary. It’s an old one and has been witness to the abundance of God’s grace as it is to be found in the sacrament of penance. God is so very good. He is faithful when we aren’t. He is slow to anger… and He gives us every opportunity to turn to Him when we fall short. God asks us to be perfect as He is perfect. With God’s help, we can do that. Turn again to God.

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Rich Enough?

Jesus had quite a bit to say about heaven and hell and His teachings are difficult — especially to a culture that is wealthy beyond belief. One of the things He said, is that it’s not easy for a rich man to go to heaven, and really, it’s not hard to see why: money is so very often an idol. Money pretends to be God (and dictates so much of one’s life).

Gilbertines profess three vows: obedience, chastity and poverty.

But what does it mean to be poor?

It’s worth thinking about.

 

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Judging Others

Jesus Christ has a lot to say about judging others. Some take those teachings and suppose that all judgement is condemned; that of course is not the case for objective sin, evil and wrong exist and the Church and the faithful must not condone, permit or ‘legalise’ sins through silence. It is to say, however, that judging is a tricky business indeed, for your own salvation is at stake should you judge in a way that is hypocritical, unhelpful, mean-spirited, or self-centred.

St. Paul too warns us about judging others, specifically about things that, in the wider scheme of things, are simply a matter of preference. If you do find yourself judging, really think it through: check your motivations, make sure you aren’t being a hypocrite, mean spirited or self-centred and make sure you aren’t judging matters that are simply matters of preference. Above all, we all need to make sure the things we do, flow from our faith in God the Holy and Undivided Trinity.

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Speak the Truth in Love

Truth, in our culture, is under threat. We live in a world where lies and misinformation can be peddled so very easily by anyone with a computer and keyboard. We hear the charge ‘fake news’ all-the-time. How do we know what we know?
What is a Catholic to do?
Well, we can take charge of our own tongues and speak the truth in love. Remembering that sometimes, the best eloquence is to say nothing at all.

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Peace and Joy

Peace and joy can seem so elusive at times — even for the most faithful Catholic… it can be so very difficult because God wants us to know real peace and joy and so when one doesn’t experience those things it’s easy to say ‘well your heart is set upon the wrong things’. And even more difficult yet is the truth that that explanation is so very often correct! The Christian life is full of challenges. When you find yourself hopeless or without real joy and without peace, take the opportunity (if you can) to turn all-the-more to God the Holy Trinity. Turn to the Church (even if that’s where you are feeling pain). Turn to the Holy Scriptures. Turn to confession and to the most precious Body and Blood of Christ.

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Called to His Purpose

A Catholic Christian must know — even in the midst of loss, sacrifice, change and a broken heart — that everything will work out for a greater good. And perhaps not even in spite of these things, but rather because of, in, and through them.

We are reminded by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 27:31, that God chooses what is weak, lowly and despised to shame the strong so that if a person is going to boast, he’d boast only in the Lord. We are reminded that little Mary, of no worldly account, became the Mother of God and the Queen of Heaven!

It’s awe-inspiring to think of the ways God changes the world through the little, the lost, the least and the lowly. He’s always shaming the strong (even when they don’t seem to take notice)…. even the smallest congregation, even the last servant of Christ makes a difference in this world and is precious to God the Holy Trinity.

Sorrow, grief, broken hearts, these things happen in this world (whether you’re a faithful Catholic or a rabid atheist or somewhere in-between) but for the Christian, sorrow, grief, and broken hearts are not pointless but are rather sanctified and transfigured to God’s greater glory.

Remember: God is working out His great and mighty purposes even now, right in this very moment in your life… do not despise the weak, the few and the lowly (especially if that’s you!) rejoice in God and His love for even the smallest and weakest of His creation.

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You Can Change

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. That sounds all well and good, but who wants to raise their hand and say “That’s me. He came to save me — a real sinner”?

Discipleship changes a man.

Jesus finds you wherever you’re at, but he’s not going to leave you there! If you let Him, He can create within you a clean heart and He can renew your spirit. No matter who you were before you found Christ, have faith that God can (and will) re-create you and conform you to His own most glorious form.

Each of us has a cross to bear. For many of us it’s regrets and ‘should have beens’. Don’t let your past tell you who you are. Let Christ tell you who you are: and that’s a beloved child of God. That’s who you are — right from this moment on. So live like one, live like a beloved child of God!

Turn to Christ

When you are down, and have nowhere to go… when you think all is lost, remember how Christ came for you, how He reaches out to you even now. The best part about Christianity is that as long as you still draw breath, it’s never too late to turn again to Jesus Christ.

 

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