When the historical Jesus demanded repentance of his followers, he wasn't defining the term in the same way Sister Mary Mark did in my second grade first confession classes. As we old-time Catholics learned, in order for our sins to be confessionally forgiven, we had to be sorry for them, make a... more
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Spiritual author John Shea has often mentioned that the historical Jesus was concerned with answering just three questions: What do you want out of life? Where do you get it? How much does it cost?
I presume the answer to the last question is the one we'd most like to avoid. Like Hogan's... more
Our faith is rooted in the ability of people to change their value systems.
The Pauline disciple responsible for I Timothy perfectly sums up the Christian situation: ''Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these, I am the foremost." Those committed to becoming other... more
Biblical people of faith are expected to commit themselves to the unknown, to give themselves over for an entire lifetime to something and someone they can't totally understand.
The Wisdom author supplies us with the obvious reason for this unique commitment. "Who can know God's counsel... more