Through all these events and transitions, I have continued to experience the “infinitely far more” of God’s blessings and support. How about you my friends? When is the last time you experienced the “too much “ of God’s boundless love, friendship and forgiveness. Lent is the time in which God invites us to experience that too much through our journey back “home”.
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…As you learn this dance of marriage, be patient with each other; Do not be selfish. Look out for each other. Give your all to each other and to your life together. Walk together and talk to each other. But also laugh together and at yourselves. Do not take yourselves too seriously. It’s a dance! Enjoy each other as your communicate deeply not only about the big issues and decisions, but about the little, trivial nonsenses of everyday life. This is how you learn to dance together, but also to go far in your life together. An African proverb says, if you want to go fast walk alone, but if you want to go far, walk together.
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…That is why Paul frames the discussion of the different parts of the Body of Christ with the crucial verse: “Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you make discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
That is what makes the Body of Christ unique and odd. It does not fit within the categories (the standards of this age) – that is what makes it odd. And yet, for Paul that is the only way that this body is able to seek what the will of God is – what is good and pleasing and perfect.
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Over the years, as I have thought about this student’s question, I have come to realize this has been the most precious gift for me living and working here among non-Catholics. How I have indeed become some kind of Catholic. And now as I look back on my life: a Ugandan, son of immigrant parents from Rwanda; an African who has been living here in the U.S for the last twelve years; a Catholic among non-Catholics – I realize a clear pattern namely that God has kept pushing me beyond ‘my people’, beyond ‘my home’ to a place where I am no long sure who my people are, and where my home is.
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A New We. On Being Some Kind of Catholic
“It is this time and personal experience
with God that helps me, to the extent that I am able
to, to not take myself too seriously as priest, knowing
as Oscar Romero did that “nothing we do is complete…
the kingdom always lies beyond us… We are
workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.”
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