What if you’re in prison?

What if you’re in prison?

No one has known Christ better than Paul, nor surpassed him in the careful example he gave of what anyone should be who bears Christ’s name. So precisely did he mirror his Master that he became his very image.   By a painstaking imitation, he was transformed into his model and it seemed to be no longer Paul who lived and spoke, but Christ himself.   —From a treatise on Christian Perfection, by St Gregory of Nyssa, bishop   Is there any greater compliment that could be paid to a follower of Christ? ┬áSo transformed was he by God’s grace, that to the Corinthians who desired proof that Christ was speaking in him St Paul says: It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. All the more do I appreciate him as I slowly...

My Continuous Lent for Ordinary Time

My Continuous Lent for Ordinary Time

    Now that the Easter season has come to a close, I’m thinking of a part of the Holy Rule rule where St Benedict says, our lives should be a continual Lent (a continuous conversion), and wondering how I can implement that in a new way since we’ve entered into Ordinary time. You know how it is when you ask the Lord to show you something to change about yourself ? Well, this year he told me to ask His Blessed Mother and she would help me if I was serious about what I was asking. For a second– I thought, Maybe I should rephrase the question. But, I trust my Heavenly Mother. She was probably interceding for me to have the courage to ask anyways, knowing I could never do such a thing without an avalanche of graces from her hands. This...

Am I a Gambler ?

Am I a Gambler ?

  (This week I start another class…so my posts might be sparse, but I’m still here.)   I’ve been slowly moving through St Paul’s letter to the Philippians, where the opening sentence sets the tone for the whole letter. He says: From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus… He is writing to a church where he knows the people will lovingly listen to him; it was the church he was closest to and the one to whom he writes as a friend. Some commentaries say the word ‘servant’ (in the Greek, doulos) is better translated…’slave’. When St Paul calls himself a slave of Christ, he is saying a few things: Christ bought him with a price and he could NEVER belong to anyone else A slave takes His...