Eph 5:22 – 31

Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ: so also let wives be to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church and delivered himself up for it: That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: That he might present it to himself, a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church: Because we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother: and shall cleave to his wife. And they shall be two in one flesh. 

In Conversation with God:

The silence of Jesus during his trial before Herod and again before Pilate… in front of a clamorous, excited crowd who bring in false witnesses… in the midst of the uproar of the million throng who have been aroused to fury by human passion… is neither indifference nor an attitude  of disapproval… He is fully of mercy and forgiveness. Jesus Christ always hopes for our conversion. God knows how to wait. He has more patience than we have.

His silence on the Cross is not… a reserving of his ebbing strength, the better to control his anger and utter a final condemnation. It is the ever-forgiving God who hangs there… If at times He keeps silent it is so that our faith, our hope and our love may grow more mature…

We cannot be afraid of anything…

Blessed be the hardships of this earth! Poverty, tears, hatred, injustice, dishonour… You can endure all things in him who strengthens you… 

Do at least as much as the disciples did. They had but little faith; they feared; they had not any great confidence and peace, but at least they did not keep away from Christ…as He on the occasion spoken of in the Gospel blamed indeed the disciples but did for them what they asked, so you should ‘trust his great mercy’. Though he discern much infirmity in you which ought not be there, yet He will deign to rebuke the winds and the sea…

Litany for Liberty:

For the freedom to love… For the freedom to believe… For the freedom to hope… For the freedom to worship… For the freedom to walk in chastity… For the freedom to live in peace… For the freedom to stand in solidarity… For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace…

Fortnight for Freedom Holy Hour:

Fr. Joe asked us to consider and to meditate on how twisted America’s definition of freedom has become, that our ‘freedom’ includes the freedom to choose to harm others, to kill others, specifically children and the elderly in the forms of abortion and euthanasia.


… our foes press on from every side…
… oh Lord, You’ve searched me, You know my way…
… search my heart and search my soul… You took the cross, You took my shame…

Tob #88 ~ The Call to Be Imitators of God and to Walk in Love


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