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GeE 78: Justice Without Pettiness

A description of business-as-usual: 78. Jesus offers a justice other than that of the world, so often marred by petty interests and manipulated in various ways. Experience shows how easy it is to become mired in corruption, ensnared in the … Continue reading

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GeE 77: The Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

The fourth Beatitude reads: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Pope Francis cites intensity, and I think that differs from a person who merely wants or prefers something: 77. Hunger and thirst … Continue reading

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GeE 76: Sympathy For Pain And Sorrow

76. A person who sees things as they truly are and sympathizes with pain and sorrow is capable of touching life’s depths and finding authentic happiness.* The footnote here is lengthier than usual: * From the patristic era, the Church … Continue reading

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GeE 75: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

This paragraph and the next address, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” 75. The world tells us exactly the opposite: entertainment, pleasure, diversion and escape make for the good life. The worldly person ignores problems of sickness … Continue reading

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GeE 74: Interior Poverty and Meekness

74. Meekness is yet another expression of the interior poverty of those who put their trust in God alone. When I think of the religious warrior-types–those who make it their business to police their sister and brother believers, it could … Continue reading

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GeE 73: Meekness In The Face of Wrongs

Meekness is a struggle. As a music director, I’ve encountered more meek singers than blowhards. Some people have been beaten down to the point that their meekness seems less meek and more a result of a lifelong beating down. Pope … Continue reading

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GeE 72: The Discipline Of Patience With Others

72. Christ says: “Learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). If we are constantly upset and impatient with others, we will end up drained and weary. … Continue reading

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