Wednesday, January 27, 2010


God does not love us if we change.  God loves us so that we can change.  These are two very different scenarios, but most of Christian history has sadly chosen the first.
-- Richard Rohr

Sunday, January 24, 2010

God's love

Of God's love we can say two things:
it is poured out universally for everyone from the Pope to the loneliest wino on the planet; and secondly, God's love doesn't seek value, it creates value.
It is not because we have value that we are loved, but because we are loved that we have value. Our value is a gift, not an achievement.
-- William Sloan Coffin, Jr.

Jesus gives himself wholly, even to his body and blood

To believers he has left his body as food and blood as drink under the species of bread and wine, so that the remembrance of such great blessing might remain continually amongst us. O wonderful and precious feast that conveys salvation and contains sweetness in its all its fullness! What could there be more precious than this meal where, not the flesh of calves and bulls, but Christ, true God, is offered us?
-- Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Where is God in Haiti?

Here is an appropriate response.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

finding God

Abba Doulas, the disciple of Abba Bessarion said, "One day when we were walking beside the sea I was thirsty and I said to Abba Bessarion, 'Father, I am very thirsty.' He said a prayer and said to me, 'Drink some of the sea water.' The water proved sweet when I drank some. I even poured some into a leather bottle for fear of being thirsty later on. Seeing this, the old man asked me why I was taking some. I said to him. 'Forgive me, it is for fear of being thirsty later on.' Then the old man said, 'God is here, God is everywhere.'"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. photos

A Magnum photo gallery. Hard to believe this took place less than 50 years ago.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Beaver Lake Lutheran Church, Maplewood, MN

Friday, January 15, 2010

When you are confident about your beliefs you don't feel the need to force them on others.
-- Rabbi shai Specht

Thursday, January 07, 2010

God in our lives

A preacher ran through the streets of the city shouting, "We must put God into our lives. We must put God into our lives." An old monastic rose up in the city plaza to say, "No, sir, you are wrong. You see, God is already in our lives. Our task is simply to recognize him."
-- Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB

Monday, January 04, 2010

... for the glory of God

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 
-- 1 Corinthians 10:31

Sunday, January 03, 2010

If a man does not say in his heart,
in the world there is only myself and God,
he will not gain peace.
-- Abba Alonius

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Lord my God, you have formed and reformed me ...
-- St. Anselm

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year's wish for you

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; 
teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; 
and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms,
hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 

-- Colossians 3:16

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