God Can Say No

The mother of the sons of Zebedee asks Jesus to grant that her sons may sit one at his right and one at his left in his kingdom. Jesus says “You do not know what you are asking … Places in the Kingdom are not mine to give. They belong to those for whom they have been reserved by my father.” The sons of Zebedee do not get what they want. They are only promised suffering, which they accept for Jesus’ sake.
God does not grant all of our prayers, no matter how earnestly and long we pray. he knows what we need and what would hurt us. When he does grant prayers it may be something related but unexpected. Let us continue to pray with trust in him.

Prayer of Repentance

My God, I confess to you that I have sinned
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done and in what I have left undone.
But I love you,
and I wish to please you in all things,
and I trust in your mercy.
I love you

What makes a Good Candidate?

Character and experience count more than campaign promises. Has the candidate served in elective offices? What is his/her record? What kind of friends and associates does she/he have? Has sh/he shown good morals and respect for the dignity and needs of others?

The Sign of Love

When the apostle to the Gentiles wrote
His ode to love he said what love is not,
But first of all its virtues, most to note,
He cited patience, which the world forgot.

And when hee came to recon up the fruits
Vouchsafed to those whose birth is from above,
Here too, of all the outward attributes
,Patience was foremost as the sign of love.

Patiennce is waiting till the time has come
To act, then acting strongly, acting with respect
While creatures grow and till the Lord shall coome
,While doing what we can, without neglect.

Measure your love with patience as the rod,
Patience with self, with others and with God.

God rejoices in his works

We are told to rejoice in the Lord, but God also rejoices in his works. He sees everything not only as good but also as beautiful, his work of art. In Proverbs 8:30-31 God’s wisdom, who can be identified with Jesus, says. “Then was I beside him as artisan; I was his delight by day, before him all the while,playing over the whole of his earth, having my delight with human beings.” God delights in his works, especially us, despite all our sins.

Who is Jesus?

See Matt. 13:31 et seq.

You are the tiny mustard seed
Your father took and planted on the earth
Counting for little to the world indeed,
Yet dwarfing all the kings in future worth.

You are the tiny bit of yeast
The Spirit buries deep within our hearts,
In hearts that differ little from the beast,
And yet your presence spreads to all our parts.

You are the single grain of wheat
Which fell upon the ground and seemed to die;
But you are he who cannot know defeat;
Your fruit shall ever grow and multiply.

In you the humblest and the gighest meet;
In you the world is made, and made complete.

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Freedom of conscience

Freedom of conscience is the basis of all other freedoms. No one should be forced to act contrary to their beliefs. This applies to freedom of speech, freedom of press, etc. Nor should anyone be forced to be silent if something violates their conscience. Freedom of religion is, of course, part of freedom of conscience. But a freedom is not the same as a right. Fredom of religion does not extend to human sacrifice, because that would violate the right to life. Of course, conscience can be malformed, such as in the case of the Nazi persecution of Jews or of abortion. Both of these violate the right to life. Fundamentally, a good conscience supports peace, love and service.

A woman is the most exalted of all human beings

Jesus is superhuman, Mary is simply human, all our own. She is exalted not merely because she is the mother of Jesus, but because she was the first and most ardent of his disciples. When she visited her cousin Elizabeth the latter said “Blessed is she who believed that the promises madee to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” After the visit of the Shepherds “Mary treasured all these thing is h
er heart and pondered upon them.” Motherhood itself is not to be denigrated. Without it none of us would be here. During the crucifixion Jesus entrusted his mother to the beloved disciple. This is his way of making her the mother of us all.