The first five months of 2015 were busier than I might have liked.
The last couple of months have been preternaturally quiet and I have reveled in them. Speaking requests have slowed to a crawl. After five years, I have less blog readers than anytime since I started. Nobody is much buying my books.
"He must increase; I must decrease."
The less I'm noticed by the world, the more I'm able to tend the garden of my small circle of family and friends. My personal relationships are clearer and stronger than ever, and I'm also more able than ever to wear them like a loose garment.
Reader Tom DeFreitas' description of a homily by Fr. Jack of St. Agnes Church in Arlington, Massachusetts:
The gospel was that of the mustard seed and the yeast, and Fr Jack chose to contrast the "signs and wonders" of the Old Testament (floods, parting of the Red Sea, Moses pulverizing the golden calf, burning bushes) with the quieter, subtler, smaller ways of God in the New Testament: the mustard seed, tiny, unobtrusive, growing in secret ... Fr Jack said that we can offer God our smallness, our "inadequate" efforts, and if God choose, he can do wonders with it!
From an interview in the February 3, 1939 issue of Commonweal with Jacques Maritain:
I remember that the Pope has said, "Let us then accept the outstretched hand, but in order to draw them to the divine doctrine of Christ. And how shall we draw them to this doctrine? By expounding it? No. By living it, in all its beneficence. The preaching of truth did not produce many conquests for Our Lord; it led Him to the Cross. It is by charity that He won souls and caused them to follow Him. There is no other way for us to win them"...Such ideas are very inopportune, are they not?
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POSSIBLE RAIN THIS WEEKEND.
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