Apr 24, 2011
Always remember that Christ died for all, including the church lady you pissed off on Easter Sunday because you took the parking spot that everybody but you knew was reserved for her.
Apr 22, 2011
Every day ought to be a day when the Light of Christ is born in our hearts; every day ought to be a day when it is resurrected in our lives; every day ought to be a day when we “bear the cross” and try to crucify whatever keeps us in bondage.
– Max Carter, “Quakers Strive to Live ‘Holy Days’ Every Day,” washingtonpost.com
Mar 14, 2011
We don’t start with adoration because God needs us to tell him what He’s like. He doesn’t need to have His ego boosted, and He doesn’t need to be softened up or put in a good mood, like some prickly, insecure boss in middle management.
When we praise God, it’s for our sakes, 100%: to remind us Who we’re talking to — and to remind us who we are. It’s like the story of the old man who walked into the chapel every day, and just sat there for 10 minutes, and then went out. He did this for years and years. The curious priest finally asked him what he was doing every day, and the old man explained, “Well, I sit down, and I say, ‘God, You are very big, and I am very small.’”
– Simcha Fischer
Mar 13, 2011
Lent is the time for trimming the soul and scrapping the sludge off a life turned slipshod. Lent is about taking stock of time, even religious time. Lent is about exercising the control that enables us to say no to ourselves so that when life turns hard of its own accord we have the stamina to yes to its twists and turns with faith and hope. … Lent is the time to make new efforts to be what we say we want to be.
Mar 9, 2011
The cross, with which the ashes are traced upon us, is the sign of Christ’s victory over death. The words “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” are not to be taken as the quasi-form of a kind of “sacrament of death” (as if such a thing were possible). It might be good stoicism to receive a mere reminder of our condemnation to die, but it is not Christianity.