The  “Sermon on the Mount” is a central to the teachings of Jesus. It is a sermon that he gave to his disciples relatively early in his journey, and it contains the famous “Beatitudes”, blessings of people who are in the eyes of the world poor, stupid, unfortunate, or suffering. It also contains the “Lord’s […]

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The text was written around 54/55 in Corinth, Greece.  It is one of the core texts of Christian theology, and discusses the relations between nature, law, sin, and redemption.  I am quoting chapter 7, and the beginning of chapter 8. The translation is from the  New International Version, and the numbers in the text represent […]

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The Catholic Church contains groups of people who are particularly dedicated to it, and who organize themselves in religious orders. They are tasked in various forms with the spreading of the faith. One of the early orders are the Franciscans, created by Saint Francis in the early 13th century. Saint Francis lived an exemplary life […]

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 “Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into over fifteen languages. He wrote over sixty other books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil […]

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“What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find a purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I shall do; the crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.”

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Sermon 52 on  Blessed are the Poor (Matthew 5,3) is from Eckhart’s last period in life. I found the German text, and here it is: Beati pauperes spiritu, quoniam ipsorum est regnum caelorum. “Die Seligkeit selbst öffnete den Mund der Weisheit und sprach: „Selig, die arm sind an Geist, denn ihnen gehört das Himmelreich“. Alle […]

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St John xiv. 23.—“If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” We read in the Gospels that Our Lord fed many people with five loaves and two fishes. Speaking parabolically, we may say that the […]

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