Friar’s E-Spirations: Just How Big Is God?

It sounds like a strange question to ask because, by definition, God is infinite. But in our human experience, we have no idea what infinite really means. Consider this: as big as our own universe is, it is still created by the infinite God.To begin with, we can

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Unexpected

God calls each of us by name, and sometimes God asks us to do something we never expected to do. To say yes demands trust and faith in God. A prime example is the couple from Nazareth: Joseph and Mary. We remember each of them this month—Joseph on the 19th

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Jesus’ Experience of Temptation

One of the most significant aspects of the season of Lent is to remind us of how Jesus entered into the human experience. We face that fact when the Passion and death of Jesus are revealed to us during Holy Week.We know from Church teaching that Jesus was

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Friar’s E-Spirations: I Will Never Take Back My Love

It was recently Valentine’s Day. The title of this E-spiration would be a good message for a Valentine. Actually, “I will never take back my love,” is a message from God in Psalm 89. The words struck me as I was praying the Office of Readings. They are appropriate for

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Journey of Our Lives

It’s common to describe our lives on this earth as journeys. Each of us weaves a personal history made up of moments in which we are caught up in events—most of which we did not anticipate. And we make decisions and do things that affect others in ways we cannot

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Power of Hope

The loss of hope is a terrible thing. It can be lethal. But for most of us, a deficiency of hope shows itself in more subtle ways: discouragement, putting our trust in everything but God, or focusing too much on the negative in the world.This month, I find

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The Most Reliable Understanding of Heaven

I have to say that I have never been to heaven and returned to describe it. But God has given us an understanding of what it will be like. Of course, heaven will be infinitely better than anything we can describe. The key element is that love is the central

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Holding On to Christmas

This Christmas, I hope you are feeling the deep joy of Jesus’ presence. I also pray that you allow that joy to stay with you for many days!For me, the place to start is the stable in Bethlehem. St. Ignatius of Loyola suggests imagining yourself as a participant

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Friar’s E-Spirations: The God Who Never Gives Up

Luke’s Gospel deals with, in part, God’s love and care for the sinner. A very powerful example is found in the first verse of chapter 15. Luke writes: “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.” Tax collectors were despised by the Jewish population. These men

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Friar’s E-Spirations: Not Fear but Love

We end the Church year on Sunday, November 23, with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. He is the Lord of the cosmos and of history, the light of the nations, and still calls each of us by name and loves us. That’s more than

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