August 21, 2019

Tag - Forgiveness

To Forgive

Two sisters in New York State, Nancy and Kathi, took an old upholstered chair to a furniture shop to have it refinished. When the upholsterer removed the cushioned seat, he discovered a series of dots like dominoes burned into a wooden support slat;...

A Debt We Can Never Repay

Several years ago, walking through the woods behind our Seminary property in late April, as my eyes strained to spot morels, I was startled by the shy yet imposing beauty of tiny plants of yellow violets. Aren’t violet supposed to be blue? Those...

The Other Side of Forgiveness

We are reminded of the importance of forgiving others every time we recite the Lord’s Prayer and ask God to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” But there is another side to forgiveness that is less prominent in...

Imagine If God Were to Profile Us

Recently, at the Maryland State House of Delegates an animation video of a late term abortion was shown. It gruesomely depicted the dismemberment of a preborn baby done with sharp forceps. Most of the viewers were horrified by the protracted cruelty...

So, What is Love?

In preparing couples for marriage, I enjoy asking them what seems to be a simple question: “So, what is love?” Now for many of us, the word love is among our favorites. On any given day, I would wager that we utter the word many, many times. But do...

Forgiven

The famous psychiatrist Dr. Karl Menninger, in his best-selling book Whatever Became of Sin?, told a story of something that happened in Chicago some years back. A strange and grim-looking man with unkempt long hair and ragged clothes stood on a...

Everything God Does is Good

Nothing is known about the life of Zacchaeus following his conversion, but there’s a legend that after his encounter with Christ, every single morning he would get up early and leave his house for about half-an-hour, before returning home for his...

And Set Us on Our Way

In 2011, The Way, starring Martin Sheen (father) and Emilio Estevez (deceased son), made it to the Silver Screen. In the first scene, a doctor (and lapsed Catholic) is interrupted while playing golf to receive a phone call from a French police...

Humbly Seeking God’s Mercy

The city of Vienna is the capital of Austria in Europe, and up until the end of World War I, it was also the capital city of the vast and important Austrian Empire. The ruling family, the Hapsburgs, were devout Catholics, and one particular church...

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