collect for Sexagesima Sunday (2017)

О God, who seest that we put not our trust in anything that we do: Mercifully grant, that by Thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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the gospel for all and fear for none

Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to everyone. The gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all – he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love.
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collect for Septuagesima Sunday (2017)

O Lord, we beseech Thee favorably to hear the prayers of Thy people: That we, who are justly punished for our offenses, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of Thy name; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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the gift of a beating heart

Nobody can will their heart to beat even once. Every heartbeat is a gift from God and it means he’s not done with you yet. The idea that we are going to put less value on another person’s heartbeat because they are disabled or because they carry an incurable disease is anathema to us. Remember, when Jesus rose from the dead he restored life in God-made man! In the face of that gift, how can we denigrate the life of any other human being?
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collect for Transfiguration Sunday (2017)

O God, who in the glorious transfiguration of Thy only-begotten Son hast confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of the fathers, and who, in the voice that came from the bright cloud, didst in a wonderful manner foreshow the adoption of sons; Mercifully vouchsafe to make us co-heirs with the King of His glory, and bring us to the enjoyment of the same; through the same, our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee arid the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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on wasting time

Compel yourselves; say the prayer; stop idle talk; close your mouths to criticism; place doors and locks against unnecessary words. Time passes and does not come back, and woe to us if time goes by without spiritual profit.
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Mother Teresa on love

In order for us to be able to love, we need to have faith, because faith is love in action and love in action is service. In order for us to be able to love, we have to see and touch. Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same compassion.
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two reasons I won't watch the Super Bowl

In just a few days, the televisions of everyone I know will be tuned in to watch Super Bowl LI here in Houston. I will not be one of them. Though most folks look at me in disbelief like a dog staring at a new bowl when I tell them this, I feel strongly about it. In fact, these issues are so significant and so destructive that I have a hard time understanding how any decent person—let alone any Christian—can so uncritically and enthusiastically support and enjoy the Super Bowl.

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collect for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany (2017)

Almighty God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations: through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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how truly to deal with our enemies

Enough politics for a while. In case you haven’t figured me out yet, I’m disappointed with the Right and the Left. I’m more disappointed with Christians of every stripe who come across as more faithful to political ideology than to Christ. With that in mind, here is some wise counsel from St. Paul on how we ought to regard our enemies and treat those who oppose us:

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