A friar in Buenos Aires was gripped with scruples for having forgiven too much. When asked how he resolves this, he said, “I go to the chapel, I look to the Tabernacle, and I say: Lord, forgive me, today I forgave too much, but let it be clear that YOU gave me the bad example.” Let the Church, always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.
The Song of Mary (“Magnificat”) gives us God’s vision of a different world. By faith, we offer our world to God to transform it into God’s different world.
Thomas More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast–man’s laws, not God’s–and if you cut them down–and you’re just the man to do it–do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.
Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
Tip me in your smooth waters
I go in
As a man with many crimes
Come up for air
As my sins flow down the Jordan
Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there is blood on my hands
And my lips aren’t clean
Take me to your river
I wanna go
Take me to your river
I wanna know
Physicist Philip Rogaway charged a group of computer scientists, mathematicians and cryptographers with “moral failure: By allowing the government to construct a massive surveillance apparatus, the field had abused the public trust.”
He compares the creation of digital surveillance to the political use of science in the Manhattan Project and in the Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative. Where do engineers and scientists see their roles as having a moral and ethical dimension?
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Luke 3:9
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1-2
The crowd that gathered out front to protest Trump’s presence in Portsmouth was about as large as the one listening to him inside. Following Trump’s remarks earlier this week calling for an end to Muslim immigration to the United States, local residents organized a peaceful protest in response. Organizers estimated about 200 people showed up, holding signs that said, “Immigrant and refugee rights are human rights,” “We welcome refugees” and “No racists for president.”
“At that time, I will deal with all who oppress you; I will save the lame, and assemble the outcasts; I will give them praise and renown in every land where they were shamed” (Zeph. 3:19).
Verses quoted in my December 6 homily on Luke 3:1-6
- “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.” Luke 1:13
- “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30
- “Do not be afraid, [Simon,] from now on you will be catching men.” Luke 5:10
- “Do not be afraid, [woman,] just have faith and she will be saved.” Luke 8:50
- “Do not be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
- “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
- “Do not be afraid, [shepherds,] for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2:10-11