Practicing Present-ness. "That our thoughts spoil everything, all the trouble begins with them. We must be careful to reject them immediately [when] we see that they are neither necessary to our occupation at the moment nor conducive to our salvation, and return to our communion with God, wherein is our only good." ~Br. Lawrence, The... Continue Reading →
Practicing Present-ness. "The heroic minute. It's time to get up, on the dot! Without hesitation, a supernatural thought and . . . up! The heroic minute; here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does not weaken your body." ~Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #206.
If we spend all our energies defining what we AREN'T and vehemently defending our side of the line, we will not only alienate ourselves but also find it difficult to define who we ARE. And if we've been so militant in our description of who we AREN'T, given our behavior, will there even be anyone within... Continue Reading →
Why is it so difficult to rouse children from their beds during the year for school, yet they spring out of bed and dash outside quicker than you can say “Jack Sprat” during the summer months? There is an enthusiasm for summer: freedom! New adventures to be had, vacations to take, visits with grandparents, playing... Continue Reading →
While not the only theme of the book of Joshua, a strong current within the text is a handbook, if you will, regarding the qualities necessary in righteous leadership. Joshua is not the first significant leader of the Old Testament; he follows Abraham, Noah, Jacob, Moses, and Aaron. However, his lot is given to him... Continue Reading →