Heaping Hot Coals

Though others do us evil, St. Paul teaches, we are not to render evil in return. “Providing good things, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men,” we are to “have peace with all men,” “if it be possible,” and as much as peace is in our powerContinue reading “Heaping Hot Coals”

Serving the Good Wine

Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not. Romans 12:14 As Christians, we are called to perform a delicate balancing act. When faced with evil, we are neither to surrender, nor to overcompensate. “Hating that which is evil,” and “cleaving to that which is good,” we are to “overcome evil,” not by evil, butContinue reading “Serving the Good Wine”

Make Haste to Help!

When our eldest daughter was but a toddler, one of her pastimes was helping my wife with the laundry. One day, as her mother passed her a wet sock for the dryer, she paused, gave her an approving look, and proudly proclaimed: “Mama, you’re a big helper!” Much older now, she herself is a biggerContinue reading “Make Haste to Help!”

When (and How) to Judge

But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you or by man’s day: but neither do I judge my own self. Yet am I not hereby justified, but he that judges me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 According to St. Thomas Aquinas, One should have regard for men’s judgmentContinue reading “When (and How) to Judge”