Writings About Saints
St. John the Baptist is not just any prophet. In our Lord’s own words, he is a “prophet . . . . and more than a prophet.”
Brothers and sisters, I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.
We read how, when the blessed levite St. Lawrence was being roasted on an iron grill, he turned with a cheerful countenance to say to the Caesar Decius, “Look, you have me well done on one side, turn me over and eat.” Then he gave thanks to God and went to heaven.
If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.
Writings For Spiritual Growth
There is a certain thrill that passes through our hearts when we hear about that primitive Christian community in the Acts of the Apostles. That first reading is the charter of our Norbertine life.
During this season of penance and mercy, the evil spirit, always envious of the human race, seeks to prevent us from profiting from God’s grace. His strategy is clever and manifold.
St. James admonishes the early Christians and us not to show partiality towards the rich and well-to-do over the poor amongst ourselves in the Church. He reminds us to fulfill the royal law according to the scriptures, Love your neighbor as yourself.
Our Lord admonishes us, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.” Yet there are several gospel passages where our Lord appears to be saying ‘No’ and ‘Yes’ at the same time.
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