"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Stuff like that ...

"Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented." - Matthew 11:20

I'm not a big fan of memes, although I really like gifs.  Memes seem to be forgettable platitudes, until they strike home, as the one shown above did for me.

If the lesson you get from Jesus hanging with sinners is you should hang more with sinners you're confused on who you are in the story.

The scary thing about presumption and self righteousness is that it is usually only revealed in a fall.  I remember the first time I realized I was a habitual sinner - it was many years after my 'conversion' - many years.

No wonder people from my past say things like, "Man - you sure have people fooled."

Mouthing pious platitudes and wearing your religion on your sleeve as they say, doesn't mean much.

Saints were sinners who kept trying.  That's why they were always repenting.  How many times do we read in the lives of the saints how so many of them lamented their sinfulness right up to the end?  They weren't pretending.  They knew who they were.

I think it is why Teresa of Avila could repeat, "Forever I will sing of the mercies of the Lord!"


  1. Amen! I have nothing more to say to what is so true.

  2. thank you for this post

  3. thank you for this post


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