By Sue Sack
I work very strange hours for our parishes, and I have grown quite used to letting myself into deserted, dark church buildings. The other morning, however, I had a wonderful surprise. 482 more words
In Mark’s gospel this morning (ch 10:28-31) Peter has the first line which sounds a bit startling. Things must’ve been a little disappointing for him to exclaim to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Admittedly we have the window of history through which to view this declaration so that it’s normal to think it astonishingly selfish in light of what Jesus eventually “gives up” for Peter and all of us. 222 more words
As David says, ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’.
[...] Our Lord Himself began His teaching by speaking of fear: He says, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’, that is, those who quail with fear of God and are inexpressibly contrite in soul. 410 more words
Gratitude is a challenging spiritual practice. Much has been written lately about maintaining a grateful heart even as we endure the sufferings of this life. To say, “thank you, God” in the face of hardship, loss, physical pain or spiritual darkness is, many contend, one the ultimate challenges of discipleship. 473 more words