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‘Almost’ … a big word for me

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“Almost.  It’s a big word for me.  I feel it everywhere.  Almost home.  Almost happy.  Almost changed.  Almost, but not quite.  Not yet.  Soon, maybe.” ~ Joan Bauer, Almost Home

Suffering, a reality of the human condition

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“Suffering is the reality of the human condition and the beginning of true spiritual life.” ~Fr. Seraphim Rose (art: Save Me From My Demons, by J. Kirk Richards)

Most widely spread vice on earth…

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“Lust is an inordinate desire of unlawful pleasures. It is a vice most widely spread in the world; one that is most violent in its attacks, most insatiable in its cravings. Hence St. Augustine says that the severest warfare which a Christian has to maintain is that in defense of chastity, for such combats are frequent, and victories rare.” ~… Read more »

Seeing Categories Instead of Individuals…

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The problem with labels is that they avoid complexity and ignore reality. As Christians, we’re guilty of labeling others too often, and we even do it when we read the Bible. For example, we think of Bible characters as either good or bad. King David, Moses, and the disciples were good, while the Pharisees, Judas, and others were bad. In… Read more »

Even our weakness can’t thwart God

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“There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God’s Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. “Shall… Read more »

Do your best, until you can do better…

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Sufferings for our greater good…

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We know that all things work for good for those who love God…. God sometimes permits certain types of hardships and sufferings in order to draw out a greater good ~ Thomas Aquinas (Commentary on  2 Chr.)

Loving heals us from grief…

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Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load…

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. ~ Corrie ten Boom

Lay bare your wounds…

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Lay bare your wound to the healer. Only through shame can you be freed from shame. Tell him, and do not be ashamed. ‘This is my wound, Father; this is my injury. It happened because of my negligence and not from any other cause…’ He who exposes every serpent shows the reality of his faith, while he who hides them… Read more »