There are different kinds of time. Greek uses two words to distinguish them: “chronos” and “kairos.” Advent is “kairos time.”
Articles by: Fr. George Smiga
Catholic teaching insists that the Jewish people are not cursed or responsible for Jesus’ death. Yet Matthew 27:15-26 presents the Jewish crowd “as a whole” calling for crucifixion and saying that Jesus’ blood might fall upon them!
Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.
Silence destroys relationships. Psalms push through our barrier of silence with God. When a psalm is prayed sincerely it breaks through emptiness and takes the risk of opening communication with the Almighty.
Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.
What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”
The Christian preaching tradition has been molded upon a paradigm which promotes Jesus at the expense of Judaism. As a result, often by default, Judaism is routinely denigrated when Jesus is preached.
We must take God’s affirmation in. We are always inclined to look at the negative parts of our life. But there is no power in our failures.
There’s a German proverb which says, “Those who live in Christ will never see each other for the last time.”
Unless we are growing, we are slipping back. We are either coming closer or falling away from God.
God is beyond human understanding. How then can the actions of this unknowable God be expressed? Only through limited human language. The descriptions of the Spirit of God in the scriptures are efforts to express the inexpressible God. A history of the Spirit’s actions etches a portrait of our invisible God.