God Is Not Fair

That God is not fair is actually one among many reasons for gratitude, albeit in a way counterintuitive to our usual thinking. The simple premise here is that God’s way is not our way, God’s love is not conditioned like our love, God’s mercy is not bound as ours is, and God does not discriminate or reward a person according to the standards of a given society, no matter how widespread such criteria may be. (Thank God!)

—from the book God Is Not Fair, and Other Reasons for Gratitude, by Daniel P. Horan, OFM

God is Not Fair by Dan Horan, OFM

The Truth Will Make You Free

When we tell the truth about who we are and who we have been, the Spirit can move in us. The confession of our sin makes space for freedom. The slow exhale of what was once hidden invites the wind of the Spirit to blow. And on the wind, the saving grace of the Messiah rides.

—from the book Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels

Leave the Judging to God

Saint Elizabeth is known as Isabel the Peacemaker, and it’s no wonder. Her intervention led to the end of a feud between her brother, the king of Aragon, and her son-in-law, the king of Castile. Elizabeth also accepted her philandering husband, King Denis of Portugal, as he was, and she raised his children born to other women. When Denis and their son Alfonso were at war with each other, she was the one who convinced them to resolve the dispute. After Denis died, Elizabeth moved to a convent she had helped found. 

It’s difficult not to take sides in family disputes. It also can be difficult in our heart of hearts to accept children from a spouse’s prior relationships in the same way we love the ones we bear. Elizabeth’s example reminds us of God’s counsel to love all, and leave the judging to him.


–from the book Sisterhood of Saints

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