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Can We Offer Our Sufferings?

Can we “offer” our sufferings? And for what purpose? In popular culture, sayings like “offering our sufferings,” along with the use of traditional words like “redemption,” “expiation,” and “salvific” to describe the suffering of Christians, are not generally well received or understood today. The expression “suffering is useful” does not resonate with many. These words […]

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Poor at Heart

How can we be happy or blessed when we lack? “Blessed are the poor at heart, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3). Poor in fact, but also poor at the deepest level of personhood, is what Christ is talking about. Some have translated this as “Happy the destitute, the miserable,” which is […]

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To Pray Is to Become What God Is

Prayer is essential to a vital relationship with God. All religious traditions teach this. But what is prayer, and how can we deepen a life of prayer and contemplation? In any religion, nothing is more fundamental than prayer or communication with the transcendent, at least for those religions which posit a personal, intelligent Supreme Being. […]

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