Busyness can be the adversary of Advent, but it need not be. Instead, the season can be a time for us to examine and practice how our busyness itself can be transfigured by the life of the Church for both the kingdom of God and the common good.
Perhaps we watch The Hunger Games to prove to ourselves that our national pastime of voyeurism could be worse; at least we are not watching reality shows of children killing each other.
The Incarnation teaches us that matter, matters. Far from detracting from the spirit of services, beautiful churches acknowledge our human embodiedness.
We cannot ignore and dismiss other human beings, we cannot demonize the culture, and we can’t run away from the world clutching our pearls. They are all God’s as well, and they are our neighbors.
This essay focuses on the role of meditation, the Jesus Prayer in particular, in cultivating justice in the soul and how that might also affect our communities and societies.
“As I have watched adoptive families welcome children with special needs into their homes, I have seen them paint beautiful gospel pictures with their lives: pictures of compassion, selflessness, and mercy.”
Given the challenge of the Cappadocian fathers that what we have in abundance belongs to the needy, this article summarizes some essential principles and then offers a few rules of prudence to help guide our application in our contemporary context.
We have an obligation to share from our overabundance with those who lack basic necessities. If we fail to do so, we have ignored the needs of the Lord Jesus, Who identified Himself with “the least of these.”