Finding God's Goodness

Week 51. Being Seen. Being Just.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

My weight loss accountability group named “God’s Temples” is a microcosm of how I work for justice. Fighting laziness, temptation and numbness in our group is how we fight for justice. It is a battle. Our bodies, the temple of our souls, should be given their due as we all have a basic need for well-being. But our culture is against us.

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Week 51. Being Seen. To Love.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

Preserve me. You alone are my good. You are my portion in my cup. I bless you and keep you before me. My heart rejoices and my soul is glad. My body rests. You do not abandon my soul. You show me life, joy, and blessings. I feel known and seen. At last I have found my calling…

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Week 51. Being Seen. One Great Love.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

God of heaven and earth, you desire all of your children to be one in your great love. Grant us the gifts that we need to embrace that desire and strive to build unity in our divided and broken world.

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Week 51. Being Seen. Greatest Romance.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

The just path is always paved in love. It is charity given to our neighbor. After loving our Creator with all our heart, this is the only thing I need to do.

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Week 50. Respect. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

In the Franciscan Way, Father Richard encourages students in the Franciscan mystical practice of respectful gazing:

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Week 50. Respect. Faithful Friendship.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

We can all use faithful friends. Ones who are with us in our time of need, who never forsake or fail us for friendship is the support of life. It’s easy to be a friend in prosperity and help our friends, but it’s a bit more difficult to manage during times of adversity. We are called to give counsel, offer our best endeavors, and sympathize with our friends with all our heart. If necessary, we are to endure hardship, offering respect and justice where it is due.

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Week 50. Respect. Flowers of Love.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

We are called to live with purpose. When we live with purpose, we scatter flowers of respect and love around us. To use this one life that we have well is the pathway through death to life.

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Week 50. Respect. Life Worth Living.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

Before we learn to love, our hearts are often filled with anger, self-pity, and sadness. The world goes on and we come to hate the ride. But when we are touched by a power greater than ourselves, love fills our hearts. We begin to love life. Love is really caring about what happens to other people. Love is what makes the ride worth it.

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