A woman of valor, who can find? Far beyond pearls is her value.
Her husband’s heart trusts in her and he shall lack no fortune.
She is like a merchant’s ships; from afar she brings her sustenance.
She rises while it is still nighttime, and gives food to her household and a ration to her maids.
She considers a field and buys it; from the fruit of her handiwork she plants a vineyard.
She girds her loins with might and strengthens her arms.
She senses that her enterprise is good, so her lamp is not extinguished at night.
She puts her hand to the distaff, and her palms support the spindle.
She spreads out her palm to the poor and extends her hands to the destitute.
Strength and splendor are her clothing, and smilingly she awaits her last day.
She opens her mouth with Wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She anticipates the needs of her household, and the bread of idleness, she does not eat.
Her children rise and celebrate her; and her husband, he praises her:
“Many daughters have attained valor, but you have surpassed them all.”
False is grace, and vain is beauty; a God-fearing woman, she should be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands, and she will be praised at the gates by her very own deeds.
Today marks one year since my last chemo infusion. My life is richer from that suffering. I can sense Jesus more clearly now than I ever could have without it. Pray with me for anyone suffering the gift and trial of cancer today.
Also, my wife is heroic- more on this later.
On a close read, it seems that Pope Francis believes that we must — indeed, that God is calling us to — relax.
Responding to the question, “Do we need to rediscover the meaning of leisure?” Pope Francis replies: “Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport. But this is being destroyed, in large part, by the elimination of the Sabbath rest day. More and more people work on Sundays as a consequence of the competitiveness imposed by a consumer society.” In such cases, he concludes, “work ends up dehumanizing people.”” —
And with that, I’m leaving my computer. Pope Francis strikes again.
Someday stop & imagine this:
In 15 or so decades, after you’re gone, there will come a day- a morning, midday, evening or night. On this day, there will be one person who is the last living person to ever know you and they will die. After that day the sun will rise on a new morning. Does your hope die on that day? Do you have a hope that can outlast the death of the memory of you?
George Weigel’s term “Evangelical Catholicism” is non-starter. It is well intended and well meaning but failed from the outset in it’s naming. The term, so poisoned by politics and fundamentalism, will strike the movement dead before it can begin its work if it is allowed to define this age of active Catholics.
Why give a name to a purpose- which is to clarify, explicate, and propose the gospel, which is immediately unclear, highly subjective, and inflammatory?
To be clear, the underlying caused he is calling for is necessary, good and fully inline with the papacies of JPII, Benedict XVI, and Francis. In fact, everything I’ve heard from him on this subject has been golden but “evangelical” as a qualifier to Catholicism is one-thousand times the wrong term. It is too heavy laden with a complex & unfavorable recent history. Even “Evangelistic Catholicism” would be better by miles.
We must be careful with our words. Aware of both their meaning and historical significance, as well as the immediate cultural context we use them in. And if the church is to be truly evangelistic, it must be wise, humble, self-diminishing, a-political, while strong and unwavering.
An excerpt from the AP reads:
“The only real reason to call up LL is that he is black and thus must have something insightful to say about the Confederate Flag,” wrote Coates, who is black. “The assumption that there is no real difference among black people is exactly what racism is.”
If this were the Onion, it would have been more honest, and said:
“The only real reason to call up LL is that he is black and thus must have something insightful to say about the Confederate Flag,” wrote Coates, who we only called because he is black and thus must have something insightful to say about rap lyrics in a country song. “The assumption that there is no real difference among black people is exactly what racism is.”