Many of us, in addition to much prayer (and, to be honest, not a little worry), have started to think about some of the potential benefits of this experience of pandemic.
Now, as we are hunkered down due to COVID-19, they can be a good reminder of our own need, as human creatures, to create meaningful order and to be ordered, to refuse to return to the chaos from which creation was originally pulled and shaped.
The aim of the Jesus Prayer is union with God.
Francis and Augustine would tell us first that less is more, and that God’s transforming oracles lie closer to hand than we might first expect.
If it’s true that most of the time most people make space in their lives for what they value, a sizable minority of Christians simply don’t value ecclesial life.
One of the greatest strengths of Little Women is that it is a story of very different sisters, and thus becomes a kind of fable of the very different paths a woman may choose.
Just as baptism leads to identification with Jesus’s divine Sonship, making us by adoption what belongs to Jesus by nature, so too in John this baptism-like scene provokes an understanding of our ongoing identification with and consideration of our life in Christ.
Reading Scripture as if it were primarily “about God” certainly yields an array of important insights.