The promises of God

The light will come after darkness, the day after night, the joys after sorrow!

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Amos 9, 11-15

On that Day, I shall rebuild the tottering hut of David, make good the gaps in it, restore its ruins and rebuild it as it was in the days of old, 12 for them to be master of what is left of Edom and of all the nations once called mine -Yahweh declares, and he will perform it. The days are coming- declares Yahweh- when the ploughman will tread on the heels of the reaper, and the treader of grapes on the heels of the sower of seed, and the mountains will run with new wine and the hills all flow with it. Read More

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

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Jn 20, 24-29

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord,’ but he answered, ‘Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said. Read More

To respect the authority of God

King Jeroboam

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Amos 7,10-17

Amaziah the priest of Bethel then sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel as follows, ‘Amos is plotting against you in the heart of the House of Israel; the country cannot tolerate his speeches. For this is what Amos says, “Jeroboam is going to die by the sword, and Israel will go into captivity far from its native land.” Read More

To love good!

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Amos 5,13-15.21-24

Seek good and not evil so that you may survive, and Yahweh, God Sabaoth, be with you as you claim he is. Hate evil, love good, let justice reign at the city gate: it may be that Yahweh, God Sabaoth, will take pity on the remnant of Joseph. I hate, I scorn your festivals, I take no pleasure in your solemn assemblies. Read More

The self-deception, Part 4

The self-knowledge that comes from the Holy Spirit brings consolation, for it leads us to the Cross of Christ, which is the throne of grace where we attain forgiveness and mercy.

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Fr. Sladek’s text on self-deception, which we read in these last three days, showed us how important it is to guard against spiritual blindness and to avoid any pretence in our imitation of Christ. Jesus warns us of this blindness by speaking of the log that we carry in our eye without realizing it (cf. Mt 7,5).

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The self-deception, Part 3

The separation between the ‘head’ and the ‘heart’ is the particular temptation of intellectuals.

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On this day, we will conclude the text of self-deception and spiritual blindness that we had been reading for the last few days. Afterwards, it will be necessary to mention some conclusions and recommendations about the causes that favor self-deception and how we can wake up from it. This is what we will focus on in tomorrow’s reflection. Read More

The self-deception, Part 2

We must not be afraid to recognize ourselves as we are. What should concern us is, that we may still live in some form of blindness.

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As of yesterday, we are reflecting on an important spiritual theme, which should help us to wake up entirely to the truth, so that our following of Christ may be free of illusions and our witness may thus be more effective in the world. It is about “self-deception”…

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The self-deception, Part 1

To recognize oneself in the light of God

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During the next few days, we will treat a very important subject, which could be of great benefit to our way of following Christ: self-deception. We will take as a basis a text written by Father Paulus Sladek OSA. This will be useful in many ways, but first of all it will help us to know ourselves better, which is essential for an authentic spiritual life. On the other hand, the text will also give us guidelines for a more accurate discernment of spirits, so that we can help people who are living in self-deception, be it total or partial. Read More

I am willing

“After Jesus had come down from the mountain large crowds followed him.” Mount from which Jesus descended, Galilee

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Mt 8,1-4 

After Jesus had come down from the mountain large crowds followed him. Suddenly a man with a virulent skin-disease came up and bowed low in front of him, saying, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can cleanse me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, ‘I am willing. Be cleansed.’ And his skin-disease was cleansed at once. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Mind you tell no one, but go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering prescribed by Moses, as evidence to them.’  Read More

To build ones house on rock

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.”

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Mt 7,21-29

‘It is not anyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?” Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, all evil doers! ‘Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Read More