"People who witness a crime or dangerous situation and jump in to rescue someone in danger are generally referred to as Good Samaritans. How often have you read of someone who rushes into a burning house or a fast-moving river, hoping to rescue someone in need?"
"There are many advantages to walking in relaxation, lightness and peace through our days and upon the earth. But that is not easy. How do we get to that place of peace and freedom?"
“Eternal God, whose reign extends from sea to sea, and whose care endures throughout the ages, hear our prayers for our country: grant wisdom to those who govern it and respect for human life and dignity to every citizen, so that justice may flourish and all peoples live in unity and in peace.”
"St. Thomas Aquinas writes of this as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a “filial fear,” like a child’s fear of offending a parent. "
"Let me offer three ways in which we can live our lives as if we share in the inner life of God here on earth."
"Ignatius speaks of three times for making a good decision. The first time is “an occasion when God our Lord moves and attracts the will in such a way that a devout person, without doubting … carries out what was proposed"
"There is a timeless character to the Paschal Mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. As we pray with it, we can't help but see parallels in our own life and in the life of the world."
"There are so many people and even whole countries that are experience desperate poverty with children and other vulnerable people by the thousands even millions dying each day. It is shamefully little for me to experience a bit of hunger from time to time. "
"The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming describes a spiritual journey taken by Nouwen that began when he viewed a reproduction and then spent a long time contemplating the original of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son."
"As I look back on significant points in my life, I usually associate them with sacred ground, whether figurative or literal. Those places become icons for the important moments in my life. I cannot always go back to them, but they are always with me."
"How do we build up treasure in our hearts? We recognize our sins and turn away from them. We put on the mind of Jesus. We cling to the divine life Jesus gave us at our baptism. We put our faith in Jesus’ promise of resurrection and strive to be sinless."
"Each of us can readily admit, we have been tempted, making less of ourselves. So, to what is the Good Spirit calling me/us, to make right again, to restore order with what has become disordered, and to give genuinely more by having less, so that others, in some cases, may simply have?"
"Our attempt to build more virtue, or fight against vice, may then meet with success or failure. We can however be rest assured, that Christ will have the final say over our lives, and in the end, everything will work out for the good for those who continue to love him (Romans 8:28). "