O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! … Continue reading O Holy Night
During the making of the animated Christmas classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz had a meeting with Lee Mendelson, the show’s producer, and Bill Melendez, its lead animator. The discussion concerned Schulz’s insistence about including a New Testament scripture reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. The scripture reading was to … Continue reading Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?
"And having thus chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God and go forward without fear and with manly hearts." ~Abraham Lincoln
By Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble The practice of remembering that you will die helps you to keep in mind that your life will end, and that it has a goal: heaven. Visual reminders — often called memento mori, the Latin phrase for “Remember that you will die” — are one way we can keep our … Continue reading How a skull on your desk will change your life
“[In the Psalms] I find an experience fully God-centered, asking of God no gift more urgently than His presence, the gift of Himself, joyous to the highest degree, and unmistakably real.” ~C.S. Lewis
Editor’s Note: Thoughtful insights on respectful arguments and babble.
With civil discourse in such short supply today, it may be beneficial to consider some wisdom from the past about disagreeing calmly.
If you’re a thoughtful person, and you interact with other rational people, it’s inevitable that you will sometimes disagree. These differences of opinion are not bad things, in and of themselves. They help us sharpen our thinking and occasionally result in someone (from either side) recognizing the errors in their opinions.
There are times, however, when disagreements are not handled respectfully. In such situations, they seldom result in a positive end. In cases where quarrels arise, people don’t persuade others. They do the opposite—they motivate them to entrench themselves and hide behind mental and verbal barricades that reinforce their “errors.”
You can go all the way back to the Scriptures to find the recognition that this sort of debate is destructive. Here is the counsel of the apostle…
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"Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them." ~Madeleine L'Engle - An Acceptable Time
"What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use - men of prayer." ~E.M. Bounds
"Let the peace that He gives Let it meet you where you live Let His grace become your resting place And with the burden that you bear Come into His presence And there you will find He's all you need." ~Billy Foote
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