Asceticism, Part 2

“But if by the Spirit you put to death the habits originating in the body, you will have life.” (Rom 8,13b)

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As we saw yesterday, asceticism is about becoming more docile to the will of God and not allowing ourselves to be dominated by the inclinations of our fallen nature. It is therefore a means, a necessary effort, which is linked to a goal, namely to improve our disposition to unite ourselves with the will of God. From this point of view, ascetic exercises and asceticism get their deeper meaning and dignity. Read More

Asceticism, Part 1

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For progress on the path of following Christ, meaningful asceticism is very helpful, because it is impossible to overlook the fact that we are in a struggle throughout our lives, which we should carry out well with the grace of God. This struggle takes place on several levels. Today I would like to talk about a kind of basic framework for this struggle, which is asceticism. Read More

Responsibility for the faith

In the coming of the Son of God the grace is greater and the light that now shines in the world.

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Lk 11:29-32

The crowds got even bigger and he addressed them, ‘This is an evil generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be a sign to this generation. Read More

The Wedding Dress

There is one condition in order to take part in the Wedding Banquet: a wedding garment is needed…

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Mt 22,1-14

Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again, ‘The kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants with the words, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, my banquet is all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding.” Read More

The law kept us under guard

The law as disciplinarian

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Gal 3:21-29

As it is, scripture makes no exception when it says that sin is master everywhere; so the promise can be given only by faith in Jesus Christ to those who have this faith. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the Law, locked up to wait for the faith which would eventually be revealed to us. So the Law was serving as a slave to look after us, to lead us to Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. Read More

Children of Abraham

“Scripture… announced the future gospel to Abraham in the words: All nations will be blessed in you.”

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Gal 3:7-14 

Be sure, then, that it is people of faith who are the children of Abraham. And it was because scripture foresaw that God would give saving justice to the gentiles through faith, that it announced the future gospel to Abraham in the words: All nations will be blessed in you. So it is people of faith who receive the same blessing as Abraham, the man of faith. Read More

The gift of salvation

“The redemption by the crucified Lord… is an antidote to pride, because we owe everything to the gift of God!”

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Gal 3:1-5

You stupid people in Galatia! After you have had a clear picture of Jesus Christ crucified, right in front of your eyes, who has put a spell on you? There is only one thing I should like you to tell me: How was it that you received the Spirit – was it by the practice of the Law, or by believing in the message you heard? Read More

Our Lady of the Rosary and the “inner cell”

“Our Lady of Victory” (The Battle of Lepanto)

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In the future I would like – if possible – to write a Father mediation every 7th of the month and start it today. But before I do so, I would like to take a brief look at today’s commemoration day.

This day of remembrance is not directly dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary, but to the “Queen of the Rosary”. Read More

Good and blind zeal

“You have surely heard… how there was simply no limit to the way I persecuted the Church of God.” (The Stoning of Saint Stephen)

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Gal 1:13-24

You have surely heard how I lived in the past, within Judaism, and how there was simply no limit to the way I persecuted the Church of God in my attempts to destroy it; and how, in Judaism, I outstripped most of my Jewish contemporaries in my limitless enthusiasm for the traditions of my ancestors. Read More

No other gospel

“Anyone who preaches to you a gospel other than the one you were first given is to be under God’s curse.”

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Gal 1:6-12

I am astonished that you are so promptly turning away from the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are going over to a different gospel- not that it is another gospel; except that there are trouble-makers among you who are seeking to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we ourselves or an angel from heaven preaches to you a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let God’s curse be on him. Read More