February 2, 2012
"If I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense. But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that `for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’ It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others."

President Barack Obama, at the National Prayer Breakfast


No. You can try to justify your policies with religion all you want, but here’s the difference. When a Christian is supposed to give up something for others, it is voluntary, and an act of charity. A government forcibly taking someone’s money is more akin to Caesar’s policies than Jesus’s, I’d say. Regardless of whether the rich should be acting more charitably or not.

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October 9, 2011

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August 26, 2011
Take a good look around you

fathershane:

None of that stuff is going to heaven. You’re not going to be able to take any of it. Any people you see? They might be there, and it might partly depend on you.

Quickest/easiest way to change perspective on “life” and “today” that I know of.

August 26, 2011
"I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created; I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has; whether I be rich or poor, despised or esteemed by man, God knows me and calls me by my name. God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission — I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next… Somehow I am necessary for his purposes, as necessary in my place as an archangel in his — if indeed, I fail, he can raise another, as he could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling. Therefore I will trust him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away."

Cardinal John Newman

 

August 14, 2011
I sang lead on this song in church today for the first time!

I sang lead on this song in church today for the first time!

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