March 15, 2018
March 8, 2018
“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love” – Mother Teresa
The Nicene Creed is the recognized sufficient statement of belief in the Church. The Creed functions as a theological box which expresses the true faith and out of which it is dangerous to depart. In a similar way, St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 provides us with a conduct box within which we should live our lives.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:4-6).
The Christian life is grounded in a right faith but that will not do without a right behavior which expresses that faith. We show ourselves a part of the Body of Christ not only through a right faith but also by a conduct that conforms to our faith. We are called to confine our choices and actions within the box of virtues of the Gospel of Christ Jesus. If I can be so bold, I would rephrase Mother Teresa’s quote to say, “Doing small things with great love is the greatest of things!”
Prayer of St. Paul
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. Amen. – Philippians 1: 9-10
March 1, 2018
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~Aristotle
There is a psychological tendency in our daily conversations with people to instantly jump to defend our own ideas. But Aristotle wants to give us permission to listen and be able to take in new information. All we have to remember is that taking the time to listen and consider the ideas of other’s is not that same as having to agree with them. It is too easy in life to simply brush off other’s ideas because we don’t want to have to do the real task of thinking through them.
The essential mark to a mature person is the recognition that one has not arrived at the fullness of knowledge. St. Paul’s reminder that we “only know in part” (1 Cor.13:9) is the very lot of all human existence. Therefore a willingness to listen to perspectives, to seriously ponder them and THEN decide upon its validity is the only path toward growth. While overtly few would admit to having all wisdom, the way actually react toward new information might be saying something else.
Prayer of St. Francis
February 22, 2018
Our daily life is composed of the many choices. Occasionally however, life bumps us….. unexpectedly.
Consider the following:
A clergyman is walking down the street when a business man rushed out of a doorway and the two collided. The business man was beside himself with rage and exploded into abusive language. The clergyman made a little bow, smiled and said, “My friend, I do not know which of us is responsible for this encounter, but I am not inclined to waste time investigating. If I ran into you, I beg your pardon, if you ran into me, don’t mention it.” Then, with another smile be walked away.
Daily experience brings all kinds of inconveniences, misunderstandings and accidents. Often these events occupy our minds long after they have ceased to be relevant. St. Paul instructs us “to set your mind of things above.” He calls us to move beyond reacting to life, asking us instead to weigh the actual significance of life’s events. To overlook the various frustrations of life reflects a Christian maturity. Why? Because most of life’s troubles have no real long term consequences. Keeping a long range perspective frees us to identify what not worthy of our time. It also enables us to live lives focused on things that do matter!
As a follower of Jesus, I dedicate these Wisdom Minutes to “Christ, the Wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:24) that together we may engage ideas worthy of the limited time which God has allotted to each of us.
~ Father Darryl
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
~Colossians 3 :1-2