A very insightful and personal reflection on the virtue of gratitude.
"He taught us not to let the Church get in the way of our relationship with the Lord. Thank you to all those who have helped me understand that Jesus didn’t promise us happiness, but He promised us peace. "
"I have been watching Europe, specifically Catholic continental Europe, with much concern over the past few years with the change in political moods. Therefore, the article I would like to write is fairly simple in topic lines: What is happening to Catholic Europe?"
"Whatever the reason for the fear, there is usually a chain to the whole thing. Yoda’s maxim applies quite well here. “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” What’s troubling is that I often miss the fear and immediately jump unconsciously to anger and hate. "
"The old adage worked for me about getting more out of helping others, than the people being helped. I was moved just by being present quietly beside the sisters “making sandwiches with love.”"
"A twenty first birthday was a milestone, the moment when one turns into an adult. It meant that one could engage in new activities, and not be so dependent on one’s parents. It was also when you received “the key” to symbolically unlock the door to adulthood."
"As I find myself firmly in midlife, I finally have a sense that regular sleeplessness is not going to go away. I used to lament this and try everything to will it away. I would cringe in envy as others could close their eyes and fall asleep. "
"Real life does not always reflect the Catechism, so we must be flexible and think, ultimately, about what God would want us to do."
"With the continued alienation, and therefore a lack of belonging, I believe that we shall see an increase in people calling themselves ‘lapsed Catholics’, ‘cultural Catholics’, and ‘former Catholics’."
"They must take a page out of the conservative playbook and constantly without end be out there convincing people that a globalised world is better for them, that immigration is the best thing for the country, and that just because the country’s demographics are changing on religious and ethnic line
"Our Bridging Borders campaign seeks to raise awareness (open eyes and hearts) and invite a response of action rooted in love that seeks to bring about structural change for the common good."