God's great city in "Revelation" gleams with the splendor of precious stones. It is populated by angels, the people of God, and the apostles of the Lamb. We all have a place in the splendor of this city.
The Moabite Ruth has formed a deep bond with her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi, and Naomi's people. Their affection leads to results that no one could have foreseen.
Dealing with God involves deference. You can't toy with God or play games with Him. Reverence for the Lord is always in order.
When Israel set up a human king in order to be more like its neighbors the results were catastrophic. Following God's will is always best.
Sometimes God asks difficult things of us that we tell ourselves we can't possibly carry out. "Go with the strength you have," God responds. "It is I who send you."
Giving away our resources has to be part of our Christian spirituality. Followers of Christ are called to stewardship because we need to give.
God calls us to a commitment to be His people. Repeatedly in our lives we are invited to say, "We will serve the Lord."
God has gifted us far beyond what we had any right to expect. Yet our response is often parsimonious. Perhaps we forget what God has done for us.
We cannot properly venerate the Blessed Mother without including Christ and the Church, nor rightly conceive of the Church without Mary.
There are lots of ways to bring about an offender's reconciliation within the community. What is not acceptable is to pretend that he or she is not worth bothering with.