Young Voices: One of the problems with forgiveness is that all too often, we view it as an act in an instant rather than a way over time.
Simply Spirit: When it comes to life after death, it sure looks like there's a lot more experiential evidence out there than most of us ever realized.
The Peace Pulpit: It is important to reflect on the fact that we have been baptized, to remind ourselves that we accepted a change.
Soul Seeing: God did not create the human body. How can a perfect, loving, all-powerful God create something so fragile, temporary, slow to learn?
Today, the community of believers in Jesus gathers to remember and celebrate his baptism. There at the Jordan, John clarified his role as precursor of Jesus. The baptism given by John was preparatory for the baptism that Jesus would bring: John's was with water, but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. There at the Jordan, Jesus was identified as "my beloved Son," and from that moment on, he would be the living Word and Wisdom of God. In all his words and in all his works, Jesus would make known to sinners the love and mercy of God.
Young Voices: May we seize moments in the new year, meditating on the goodness in our lives in gratitude and in hope.
The Peace Pulpit: When we live that good news, then we will draw people to God, and gradually our whole world will be changed.
Essay: Men of power do not understand the language of dreams. They only understand the language of manipulation, coercion and murder.
In recent years, people's attempt to trace their roots and fill in the branches on their family tree has been greatly helped by the website ancestry.com. There, one can search through a wealth of public records in order to find the who and the where of family origins.
Change our lives so that we reach out, and then we will come to know the deep peace that Jesus has brought into our world, into our lives.