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God's Common Sense

Unfortunately, man cannot for long endure the common sense of God. Side by side with Christianity, and often mistaken for it, there has always existed ...


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Striving for Sanctity

We must strive for sanctity, for holiness, to the point that we show up at Heaven's gates "squeezed out like a lemon." This image is vivid ...


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A Leader Is Not the Cause

A true leader is committed to the cause, and does not become the cause. Staying personally dedicated to the cause can become extremely difficult, particularly ...


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Pain and Pleasure

Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the ...


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The Ascetic Life

Self-denial of all kinds is the very life and soul of piety.


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A Stone for a Pillow

Francis would not allow his resting place to be laid over with covers or garments when he received hospitality, but the bare ground received his bare ...


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Keep Your Balance

I spent much of my ninth summer on a bicycle. About a mile from our house the road went down a steep hill and turned sharply at the bottom. Coasting down ...


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Making and Bearing Crosses

And, on the contrary, I am more apprehensive that sufferings must be the Church's most ordinary lot, and Christians indeed must be self-denying cross-bearers, ...


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The Difference Christ's Love Makes

If I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); if I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then ...


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Salvation Requires Surrender

Not long ago one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson, published his correspondence with the great psychiatrist, Carl Jung. He thanks ...


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