A 20th century Mennonite theologian, Yoder made a tremendous impact on Christian ethics. His work on pacifism helped to make the stance a mainstream topic in Christian theology and his book The politics of Jesus is considered a must read on ethics. "If the tradition which claims that war may be justified does not also... Continue Reading →
God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another. Jesuit prayer
First reading Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Psalm Psalm 148 Second reading Galatians 4:4-7 Gospel Luke 2:22-40 Prayer: Lord of righteousness as we welcome you into our world transform us into people like you. Amen.
The Stupendous Height of Heavenly Love 1. Stupendous height of heavenly love, Of pitying tenderness divine; It brought the Saviour from above, It caused the springing day to shine; The Sun of Righteousness to appear,And gild our gloomy hemisphere. 2. God did in Christ himself reveal, To chase our darkness by his light,Our... Continue Reading →
Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia inspired a classic English carol because of the generosity he showed to the poor throughout his life. As we approach the Christmas season it is important to remember to show this love and generosity to all we meet. Good King Wenceslas looked outOn the feast of StephenWhen the snow... Continue Reading →
O God who has made this most hallowed night resplendent with the glory of true Light; grant that we who have known the mysteries of that Light on earth, may enter the fullness of his joys in heaven. Amen.
First reading 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Psalm Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Second reading Romans 16:25-27 Gospel Luke 1:26-38 Prayer: Lord, help me to listen to you, may I work within your plans and not in my own. Lord help me not to question your desires but to remember that I am your humble... Continue Reading →
A peasant goes to worship and hears Paul's words to the Thessalonians, "Pray without Ceasing", this is how The Pilgrim's Way begins. From there the unnamed pilgrim seeks to discover the meaning of these words, and his quest leads him to the Jesus Prayer and The Philokalia. The book is told from them pilgrim's perspective... Continue Reading →
A dreadful thing is envy, beloved, a dreadful thing and a pernicious, to the enviers, not to the envied. For it harms and wastes them first, like some mortal venom deeply seated in their souls; and if by chance it injure its objects, the harm it does is small and trifling, and such as brings... Continue Reading →
1. Ye simple men of heart sincere, Shepherds who watch your flocks by night, Start not to see an angel near, Nor tremble at this glorious light. 2. An herald from the heavenly King, I come your every fear to chase: Good tidings of great joy I bring, Great joy to all the... Continue Reading →