Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

God Entrusts Many Gifts To Us

Once upon a time there was a good and wise king, much loved by his people and truly concerned for their well-being. One day he called together his three daughters and said, “I wish to go off and spend much time in prayer and learn more about God; in my absence, the three of you […]

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To Bounce A Baby

The Lord’s Prayer, the most recognized Christian prayer, should provide each of us insight regarding our relationship to the Father: We are His children! We are His sons and daughters! As “children of God,” we share a special and favored relationship with God. St. Paul (Rom 8:14-21; 9:8; Gal 3:26; and Phil 2:15) reminds us […]

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On Bringing Forth And Leaving Behind

The readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time begin with Solomon’s request for Wisdom and conclude with a summation of the Lord’s teaching on the parables. At the conclusion of the Dissertation on the parables in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus states: “Every scribe of the Kingdom is like the head of the household […]

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Jesus Calls Us From Spiritual Blindness To Sight

Collecting loose change isn’t always a good thing; in fact, one college professor recognized it as a sign that he was getting overly tired or depressed. If he found a lot of change in parking lots or while walking on campus, that made him realize he was walking with his head down, not paying attention […]

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Seeing With Our Hearts

We all, each one of us, are walking on our individual journeys through life dealing with our questions either by ourselves or with others. Sometimes it is difficult to deal with our questions. Sometimes our questions are difficult. Sometimes our difficulties cause us to question. Many times we ask: “Where is God in all of […]

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Are We Searching For Life In Empty Tombs?

A fifty-year-old man named Bob was given the bad news by his doctor that he had terminal cancer. Soon afterwards Bob wrote a letter to his best friend from high school named Greg, who lived out on the West Coast, and described his feelings, saying, “I suddenly asked myself, ‘What am I doing? Why am I working at […]

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The Yertles of Capitalism

Capitalism is superior to other economic systems mainly because it provides equality of opportunity. In contrast, socialism strives for an impossible goal—equality of outcome—and in the process suppresses liberty. Yet, like every other human invention, Capitalism is far from perfect, and that is a fact its conservative cheerleaders would do well to remember. One of […]

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Following The Lord In All We Do

One Saturday night a man named Richard received the kind of phone call every parent dreads; he was told, “Your son Paul is in the hospital; you had better come right away.”  He raced to the hospital and discovered that his twenty-year-old son had apparently been mugged and severely beaten; as Richard later explained, “Paul’s […]

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Searching For True Wisdom

On this Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the readings lead us to a discussion of wisdom and light. We begin with the Gospel of Matthew (5:13-16) and the Sermon on the Mount, from which today’s gospel reading is taken. Immediately after proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus tells His disciples, “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt of […]

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Learning From Our Mistakes

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” By this measure, when an approach proves unsuccessful, the “sane “ (intelligent) response is to try another. Why, then, do so many people do the same foolish things over and over?  For example . . . Mothers […]

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