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To surrender your life to God is to offer yourself as a conduit for the divine love.
This article can be read at blog.catholicwritersguild.com/2023/09/giving-back-to-the-giver.html
"Giving Back to the Giver" is an excerpt from my latest book, The Book of Love: Brief Meditations (www.amazon.com/dp/B0BVSXX6P9/).
One of our deepest desires as human beings is a desire for home—a place where we can count on being loved and valued, a place where we will always be welcomed, a place where we can truly feel we belong. Where can we find a lasting experience of “home”? For many of us, our deepest experience of home in this life is found with our family. But throughout the ages, we have also experienced a sense of “home” from a variety of other sources, including our identity as a citizen of a particular country, our membership in a specific culture, and our connection to the natural world. Ultimately, however, we will never be truly and finally home until we are in the Father's house (John 14:2).
To give one’s self away in love to God is, paradoxically, to be in the fullest possible possession of one’s self, breaking out of the dungeon of the ego and into the infinite spaces of the divine love.
This article can be read at blog.catholicwritersguild.com/2023/08/hand-it-over.html.
"Hand It Over" is an excerpt from my latest book, The Book of Love: Brief Meditations (www.amazon.com/dp/B0BVSXX6P9/).
Our loving actions can be like ripples of goodness in the cosmic sea of the divine goodness, radiating outward from us to touch the lives of innumerable others. We will not know all of the fruits of our loving actions until the end of time, but the revelation of that fruit will “astonish us as the highest beatitude” (Hans Urs von Balthasar).
This article can be read at www.wordonfire.org/articles/a-mysterious-alchemy-within-the-communion-of-saints/
At the heart of love lies the gift of self.
This article can be read at blog.catholicwritersguild.com/2023/07/the-greatest-gift.html.
"The Greatest Gift" is an excerpt from my latest book, The Book of Love: Brief Meditations (www.amazon.com/dp/B0BVSXX6P9/).
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A sacrifice made for the sake of love makes us holy, makes us more like God, because God is self-sacrificing, self-giving love.
This article can be read at www.wordonfire.org/articles/sacrifice-makes-us-holy/
Each of us has been entrusted with a unique mission of love within the universal mission of love of Jesus Christ.
This article can be read at blog.catholicwritersguild.com/2023/06/red-blood-cell-or-glob-of-plaque.html.
"Red Blood Cell or Glob of Plaque?" is an excerpt from my recently published book, The Book of Love: Brief Meditations ( www.amazon.com/dp/B0BVSXX6P9/).
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Konstantin Kisin's reflection on his transition to "lapsed atheism" offers important topics to raise in discussing faith with nonbelievers. This article is posted at
All human beings are intended to share forever in the eternal circulation of love that is the essence of the divine life. Only within the divine life, only as “blood circulating in the Body of the cosmic Christ,” will we find our ultimate fulfillment.
This article can be read at blog.catholicwritersguild.com/2023/05/blood-circulating-in-the-body-of-the-cosmic-christ.html.
"Blood Circulating in the Body of the Cosmic Christ" is an excerpt from my recently published book, The Book of Love: Brief Meditations (www.amazon.com/dp/B0BVSXX6P9/).
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God’s dramatic calling of the young man who would become one of the greatest Catholic theologians of the twentieth century, and that man’s response to God’s call, can guide all of us as we strive to respond to God’s call in our own lives. This article is posted at www.wordonfire.org/articles/just-a-little-stone-in-gods-mosaic/
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Rick writes and speaks about topics related to the Catholic faith, spirituality, personal growth, parenting, and culture, with a particular focus on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and its application to Christian discipleship and evangelization.
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