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Brother John's Reflections

Contemplation and Knowing

Contemplation and Knowing

Woe to you lawyers! You have taken the key of knowledge. You do not enter yourselves, and you close out those trying to enter. Luke 11: 52 Jesus’ charge against the “lawyers,” the “scholars of the law,” is that they are not only mired in their own ignorance but that […]

by × October 19, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Original Calling and Community

Original Calling and Community

The first time I had to present my defense, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me—may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be […]

by × October 18, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Giving From The Inside

Giving From The Inside

“Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish. But your insides are full of greed and wickedness!  Fools!  Didn’t the one who made the outside also make the inside? So instead, give that which is inside as alms.” Luke 11: 39-41 Luke Timothy Johnson offers a quite […]

by × October 17, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

The Obedience of Faith

The Obedience of Faith

Through him we received grace and our apostolic mission to preach the obedience of faith to all pagan nations in honor of his name. You are one of these nations, and by his call belong to Jesus Christ. To you all, then, who are God’s beloved in Rome, called to […]

by × October 16, 2017 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Fear and Possessions

Fear and Possessions

Whenever a strong man is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are secure. But when a stronger than him breaks in and wins victory, he strips off the armor on which the man had relied, and distributes his spoils. The person who is not with me is against […]

by × October 13, 2017 ×