Morning Prayer:

For your love is better than life… Sun and moon… Stars of heaven… Every shower and dew… All you winds… Fire and heat… Cold and chill… Dew and rain… Frost and chill… Ice and snow… Nights and days… Light and darkness… Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord… With your hand, touch the mark of the nails; doubt no longer, but believe… This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear…

The Mass:

Jesus did say to Thomas to merely look at his wounds or to lightly feel his side, but told Thomas to put his hand into our Lord’s side, into his wounds. What does it mean that Christ’s wounds are glorified? Who knows? But Christ offers that Thomas not merely examine, but reopen His wounds in order to believe. Christ continues to remind us that He suffers with us, intimately. Father Joe reminded us that Thomas was the one who originally had the strength and faith to encourage the twelve to accompany Jesus to Jerusalem, to go and die with Him. Even though he deserted Him with the others, he was the first [recorded] to proclaim after the Resurrection that Christ is Lord and God.

In Conversation with God:

They begged him to leave that place… they had God himself among them… Perhaps He never again passed through that region. They had him so close to them! And they asked him, the only One who could give them everything that was good, to leave them! …

We can imagine what good things would have filled their homes and still more especially their souls! … So many people have their own plans for their own well-being that only too often they look on God simply as someone who will help them to carry out those same plans. The true state of affairs is just the opposite. God has his plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help him accomplish them… we cannot improve on God’s plans…

Perhaps they hoped He would come in triumph, and instead, He presents himself… in the midst of ruin or failure…

At the end of our lives, and sometimes long before it, we will see how those separate events and fragmented circumstances which seemed to be no more than loose pieces without any particular meaning dovetail together.


… the path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell right to the top, don’t look back, turning the rags and giving the commodities a rain check, i don’t ever wanna let you down, i don’t ever wanna leave this town ‘ause after all, this city never sleeps at night… this road never looked so lonely, this house doesn’t burn down slowly, to ashes, to ashes…

ToB #89 ~ Reverence for Christ the Basis of Relationship Between Spouses

The opening expression of our passage of Ephesians 5:21-33, which we have approached by an analysis of the remote and immediate context, has quite a special eloquence. The author speaks of the mutual subjection of the spouses, husband and wife, and in this way he explains the words which he will write afterward on the subjection of the wife to the husband. In fact we read: “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord” (5:22). In saying this, the author does not intend to say that the husband is the lord of the wife and that the interpersonal pact proper to marriage is a pact of domination of the husband over the wife. Instead, he expresses a different concept: that the wife can and should find in her relationship with Christ—who is the one Lord of both the spouses—the motivation of that relationship with her husband which flows from the very essence of marriage and of the family. Such a relationship, however, is not one of one-sided domination. According to the Letter to the Ephesians, marriage excludes that element of the pact which was a burden and, at times, does not cease to be a burden on this institution. The husband and the wife are in fact “subject to one another,” and are mutually subordinated to one another. The source of this mutual subjection is to be found in Christian pietas, and its expression is love.

The author of the letter underlines this love in a special way, in addressing himself to husbands. He writes: “Husbands, love your wives….” By expressing himself in this way, he removes any fear that might have arisen (given the modern sensitivity) from the previous phrase: “Wives, be subject to your husbands.” Love excludes every kind of subjection whereby the wife might become a servant or a slave of the husband, an object of unilateral domination. Love makes the husband simultaneously subject to the wife, and thereby subject to the Lord himself, just as the wife to the husband.


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