JMJ There is much talk today of spiritual combat and things such as prayer warriors. I do not dispute the basic principle of this, but I must ask: Where is the battle? There is no real battle. Only the question: Which side are you on? A battle implies an unknown outcome. A battle suggests a struggle … Continue reading Spiritual combat? Yes. But Where is the Battle?
JMJ Beware of those who say: All you need do is accept Jesus into your heart and you this once being saved, will always be saved. It simply isn't so. They will quote scripture out of context. What is the context? The context is the Good News of Our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ. They … Continue reading Once Saved, Twice Saved and Saved Again and Again
JMJ Far be it for me to comment on this particular text when so many great scholars, past and present have undertaken this task. The homily given at our church today by our deacon, who is a most devout man, "frankensteined" many of these commentaries, along with his own pious commentary and ruminations and was … Continue reading I Do. The Wedding at Cana.
JMJ To simply say: Yes. Coming to God, seeking holiness is not an act of will beyond surrendering our own will pinned under our fallen nature to God. We cannot by our own strength lift the boulder that presses us into the mud. We can only cry out from the miry clay: Help! Rescue me, … Continue reading Let It Be
JMJ Who am I that I should be arrogant enough to claim myself worthy to be a slave to the Handmaiden? How dare I claim acceptance to Her court? Let it be that these lofty ambitions be a prayer. O Holy Spirit, I implore Thee, allow me, by the Grace of God, to serve Him … Continue reading Born Anew Through Mary; Born into the Family of Christ.
JMJ To have read the Gospel of Jesus and to ask: How can I live the life Jesus taught in the modern world? It is a question asked by cowards. It is a question asked by me. The first problem is the "I". Is not this the essence of the question? Here is another question: … Continue reading The Unbearable Violence of Me-ing
JMJ When did man lose his heart? When did we forget how to cry out from our hearts? When did we fail in our courage? --a quick definitive aside: From the online entomology dictionary courage (n.) c. 1300, corage, "heart (as the seat of emotions)," hence "spirit, temperament, state or frame of mind," from Old … Continue reading Take Heart! Getting to the Heart of the Matter