Forgiveness from the Heart

Chapter Talks

Peter asks Jesus: “If my brother or sister sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” We all know by heart Jesus’ answer: “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times” (Mt 18:21). What is Jesus saying? The obvious answer is there is no numerical quantity to forgiveness. We must always forgive or be ready in heart to forgive. To go deeper: what is this saying about the nature of God and Jesus’ embodiment of who God is? If this is how magnanimous the heart of God is, does this not indicate how we are to be in heart and action?

September 13, 2020 Read More

Towards a Radical Forgiveness

Chapter Talks

“If your brother or sister sins against you…” (Mt 18:15): what are we to do? This is the theme for this Sunday’s Eucharist. All three readings circle around this theme. On the surface, the response about what to do may appear simple…It is not. Here in the gospel narrative the nascent Church is attempting to establish a paradigm for followers of Jesus. We all form and are part of the body of Christ…and this includes those who sin, or even when we sin…No matter, sinners or not, we are still part of this one living body of forgiveness and love. The epistle from Romans I would suggest is the key to unveiling the approach Jesus is asking. What we ‘owe’ to one another is nothing but ‘love’: “Love does no evil to the neighbor, hence, love is the fulfillment of the law” (Rm 13:10). ‘Love’ in this context contains other virtues such as mercy, compassion, humility….

September 06, 2020 Read More

A Heart Overflowing with Love

Chapter Talks

I received from Abbot Damian of Spencer a copy of his homily that he gave last week for the funeral Mass of Br. Meinrad.  He concluded his homily with the following: “I’ll let St. Therese and Fr. Thomas Keating have the final words.  Therese expressed her conviction in this way: ‘Even if I had on my conscience every conceivable sin, I would lose nothing of my confidence. My heart overflowing with love, I would throw myself into the arms of the Father, and I am certain that I would be warmly received.’ " 

November 18, 2019 Read More

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daily Lectio
National Vocations Week

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 28 The Treatment of Those Who Relapse
Mass: Dt 6:2-6; Resp Ps 18; Heb 7:23-28; Mk 12:28b-34


He is the One and there is no other than he.
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Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Martyr (d. around 107)

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Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 13:12-14
Mass: Ga 5:18-25; Resp Ps 1; Lk 11:42-46


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
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