‘The Fifth Gospel’

Although the New Testament includes only the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the land where Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead has sometimes been called “the fifth Gospel.” God uniquely entered human history in a definite place and at a specific time. Within 40 years after Jesus’...

Accepting God’s Word

In December, we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but that was possible only because Mary of Nazareth agreed to cooperate with God’s plan for the human family. Mary’s “May it be done to me according to [God’s] word” (Lk 1:38b) became her life’s connecting thread. Inspired by Mary’s example, Blessed...

The Power of Forgiveness

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to forgiving someone is the nagging feeling that this person is not sufficiently sorry for the pain caused and has not made adequate reparation. We tend to see forgiveness first as a gift to the person who is forgiven—rather than as a self-gift to the person doing the...

Imitating Christ

Saints—the formally recognized ones and the many others whom we have known personally—always point us to God. At the same time, they automatically help us to recognize all women, men, and children as people made in God’s image and likeness. Saints may not be famous, but they are certainly real. St....

Seeds of Love or Hate?

On more than one occasion, I had the privilege of hearing Immaculée Ilibagiza speak about forgiveness. She is uniquely qualified to address this topic, having spent 91 days in hiding during the spring 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis. The author of Left to Tell and other books, she was our January...

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