Author Archives: Father Charitas de la Cruz

About Father Charitas de la Cruz

a Jesuit missionary into realms of dreams and possibilities: a pastor, a counselor, a poet, a photographer, a contemplative Christian, servant of Christ, pen name of Rev. Dr. Jim McWhinnie

BY OUR MUTUAL COVENANT WITH THE FUTURE

TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF LENT Jesus continued, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 7:12 Possibly overuse, trite use, has weakened the significance of these … Continue reading

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JUSTICE FREE OF SPLINTERS

TWENTY-FIFTH DAY OF LENT “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the … Continue reading

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WE ARE TO BE A THANKFUL PEOPLE WHO SHARE

  TWENTY-FOURTH DAY OF LENT Then Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks He said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the … Continue reading

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BEYOND OUR SENSE OF FAIRNESS

  TWENTY-THIRD DAY OF LENT When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’  When those hired about five … Continue reading

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A HIGHER JUSTICE

  THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF LENT Pilate had an inscription written and placed on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”  Many of the Jewish people read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was … Continue reading

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TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE IN THE MIDST OF MERCY

  TWENTY-FIRST DAY OF LENT “For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with his angels, and then He will reward each person according to what they have done.” – Matthew 16:27 The phrase “Son … Continue reading

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THE RETURN TO THE INNOCENCE OF EDEN

THE TWENTIETH DAY OF LENT One of the criminals who were hanged there kept mocking Jesus and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked the other criminal, saying, “Do you not fear … Continue reading

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THE JUST PRIORITIES

  NINETEENTH DAY OF LENT Then Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, … Continue reading

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PASSING THROUGH A RAGING CROWD

  EIGHTEENTH DAY OF LENT The members of the synagogue rose up, drove Him out of the town, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl Him off … Continue reading

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THE ROLE OF TRUTH IN JUSTICE

  SEVENTEENTH DAY OF LENT “Then the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the … Continue reading

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