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Reacting to Different Ways of Thinking

Looking at Jesus through the eyes of a Jewish person or a Gentile.

Acts of the Apostles, Systemic Change and Polarization

Over the next several weeks the liturgy, drawing from the Acts of the Apostles, presents selected stories of ordinary people who coped with severe polarization some 2,000 years ago.

What is the Most Important Room In the World?

What is the most important room in the history of the world… and our lives? The Oval Office, Buckingham Palace? … Would you believe a simple “upper room” in Jerusalem! Why? Because in that room on the day we call Pentecost, the most powerful movement in history was...

Identity Politics In the Early Church

We often read Acts 6 with a focus on the institution of the diaconate without realizing that the underlying problem was one of race, class, etc. Let’s read Acts 6 as a solution to the identity politics in the early church.

Reacting to New Ways of Thinking

Reacting to New Ways of Thinking

I don’t think I ever really appreciated how much of a radical change in thinking observant Jews were asked to make regarding their deeply held identity and beliefs. The Acts of the Apostles reveal the struggles to understand and accept a new way of thinking and living. It did not happen all at once.

Pope – take life as it comes

Pope – take life as it comes

Pope Francis: Learning to take life as it comes, the good with the bad (Vatican Radio) When things go badly, we should not masquerade them. We should learn to have faith in God, and how to accept what happens in life, the good with the bad, always knowing that Christ...

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