Reflections

Silence Isn't Golden
At times one hesitates to reprove or admonish evil-doers, either because one seeks a more favorable moment or fears his rebuke might make them worse, and further, discourage weak brethren from seeking to lead a good and holy life, or turn them aside from the faith. In such circumstances forebearance is not prompted by selfish considerations but by well advised charity. What is reprehensible, however, is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice. To be sure, the motive behind their malice is that they may suffer no hurt in the possession of those temporal goods which virtuous and blameless men may lawfully enjoy; still there is more self-seeking here than becomes men who are mere sojourners in this world and who profess the hope of a home in heaven.

-Saint Augustine in
City of God


Faith That Is Real
If our faith is something that really does not make a very big difference, if it is actually not crucial that we or others believe, no wonder it seems boring to some of our young. Anything we don't care much about can't be very interesting.

The things we do care about, however, we inevitably talk about . …

If faith is real, it seeks expression. It will communicate and profess. It will have the energy of passion.

-John F. Kavanaugh in
The Word Encountered


Foreshortened Understanding
Modern mankind can go anywhere, do everything and be completely curious about the universe. But only a rare person now and then is curious enough to want to know God.

-A. W. Tozer in
Renewed Day by Day


Speaking With Forked Tongue We as a nation too often lack integrity, which might ...

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