“For everyone who exults themselves will be humbled, but the ones who humble themselves will be exulted.”
There once lived a man so humble, that even the angels rejoiced at the sight of him. But, in spite of his great sanctity, he didn’t even have the slightest idea that he was holy. He just went about his humdrum and ordinary daily tasks, diffusing goodness in the same way flowers unconsciously diffuse their fragrance, and in the same way streetlights diffuse their glow.
His sanctity lay in this – that he forgot each person’s past, and looked at him or her, as they were, and he looked beyond each person’s appearance to the very center of their being, where they were innocent and blameless and too unaware to know what they were doing. Thus, he loved and forgave everyone he met – and he saw nothing extraordinary in this, for it was the result of his way of looking at people.Continue reading →
“… her many sins have been forgiven because she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”
For almost two years Peter and Susan traveled together through the terrifying wilderness of serious illness.
Susan had just returned home from playing tennis when she suddenly dropped to the kitchen floor. She was rushed to the emergency room of the local hospital, where she was stabilized. As her husband Peter and their children Jacob and Rachel watched helplessly, Susan was put on life support before being airlifted to a university hospital. Susan had suffered a brain aneurysm.
It was the beginning of an 18-month odyssey for Susan and Peter and their family that including three brain surgeries, devastating setbacks, frustrating rehab, erratic mood swings — and waiting – and struggling to pray.Continue reading →
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
It was the great Roman boast: Ara Pacis Augustae – which means, “the era of Augustus’ peace.”
During the first and second centuries of the common era, the Roman empire, from Iberia to Greece, enjoyed a period of relative prosperity and tranquility. In one of the great propaganda campaigns of history, Caesar Augustus was hailed as a “god” and the “savior of the world” for the peace he enforced.Continue reading →