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Brother John's Reflections

Mission and Self-Esteem

Mission and Self-Esteem

It well may be that nothing is more sought after and yet found more elusive than what we term “self-esteem.” It is psychologically understood to be our subjective evaluation of ourselves, and we have come to recognize it as a significant influence on a person’s behavior.

by × August 15, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Fearing the Lord

Fearing the Lord

And now Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your being, to keep the Lord’s commandments and […]

by × August 14, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Fixing In Our Hearts

Fixing In Our Hearts

When he was campaigning for President in 2000, George W. Bush issued a values critique of the Clinton administration by saying: “Our generation has a chance to reclaim some essential values, to show we have grown up before we grow old.” Politics aside, as a member of Bush’s generation I found myself pondering his words.

by × August 11, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

An Abundance For Every Good Work

An Abundance For Every Good Work

The Xaverian Fundamental Principles remind us that the heart of discipleship, of the call of Jesus to each of us, is to recognize that all is gift. The “secret” of life, from the Christian perspective is that our very life is a gift to us, and, because it is a gift, it is given to us that we might give it away.

by × August 10, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Seeking and Faith

Seeking and Faith

Jesus declares that this woman, who knows nothing of the tradition which forms Jesus and his own self-understanding, has great faith. She is able to recognize the truth of Jesus that so many others who have been raised and formed in the same tradition as Jesus cannot begin to really grasp.

by × August 9, 2017 ×