God Lives in Us

God Lives in Us

Dame Julian of Norwich was a medieval mystic who lived in the 14th century.  She believed that our soul was so profoundly rooted in God and treasured by him that we cannot know it without knowing God first.  “For he loved us before he made us, and after we had been...
CommUNITY

CommUNITY

Fr. Vincent Donovan has a story about serving as a priest in Tanzania.  After spending a year preparing a group of Maasai he had to decide who seemed ready and who needed more study. Ndangoya, the oldest man, politely, but firmly, said to him: “Padri, why are you...
Thank God!

Thank God!

Martin Rinkart was a German Lutheran deacon during the time of the Thirty years war and a plague that swept through Central Europe.  During this terrible time in history he buried five thousand of his parishioners and wrote a song that we often sing: “Now Thank we all...
Poverty

Poverty

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit” are the familiar words that begin the 8 beatitudes.  The New English Bible translates it differently: “Blessed are those who know their need of God.”  Poverty is knowing that I have a need for God, a need for others.   In January of...