Thursday, July 03, 2008

Children of God:

When we were baptized, we were washed clean in the waters of the font and made children of God. That relationship with God is more real than the earthly families from which we came. We have a dignity that is unparalleled, a dignity for which God himself came to earth, taught, lived, suffered and died.

Doubt - Fear:

In today's Gospel Thomas doubted because he feared that his life was threatened. There were no visible proofs that Jesus had Risen from the dead. Our faith in Jesus can be weakened if we are over protective of ourselves. How much trust do you have in Jesus?

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If I bow to men's will, what shall I find to answer Christ on the day of the Judgment?

- Saint Philip of Moscow (1507-1569)

Brothers and sisters:You are no longer strangers and sojourners,but you are fellow citizens with the holy onesand members of the household of God....

- St. Paul, Ephesians 2:19

The spirit of the age has a tendency to run into extreme individuality, into eccentricity, license, revolution. But the typical life shows how individuality is consistent with community life.... But when it comes into conflict with the common right, the individual must yield to the community: the common life outranks the individual life in case of conflict. But the individual life should be regarded as sacred and never to be effaced.

- Father Isaac Hecker, founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (1819 - 1888)

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