John Foley, SJ
Perhaps life simply has too many problems: even international ones, that affect you. Maybe gifts are there, but you cannot see them.
The God Who is Revealed in Christmas
Like a baby, God does not outgun anyone, out-muscle anyone, threaten anyone, or overpower anyone.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
In Christian times, pietas, as a virtue infused by God, had to do with taking care of your own, your own parents, your own children, your own community, your own country.
Our Western World relaxes with the predictable, knowing causes and expecting results. This makes trusting the unpredictable and surprising God a great leap.
The Baptist’s message was about justice, about social change. He challenged the people of Israel to get down to the root causes of problems, to uproot unfruitful trees.
Judging by John’s appearance, would you guess his cry was lukewarm, or a cry from his heart that called for life-altering change?
Iñigo de Loyola
as earth in April