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

PRESENT-MOMENT-LIVING

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Friday, May 25, 2018 So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:34 Remember those reassuring words of Christ when he taught us to … Continue reading

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THE IMPULSE TO MATURE

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Thursday, May 24, 2018 Where are we headed? Christ taught, “The Realm of God of which I speak will be as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and after many days, the seed would sprout and … Continue reading

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HERE I STAND BEFORE THE LORD

Dispatches from Fr. Charitas Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Why do I take some controversial stands that I do?  Is it to be belligerent, to be contrarian, to be arrogant?  No … in this season of my life, I am keenly … Continue reading

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THE TRUE CHRIST

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Wednesday,  May 23, 2018 Is Christ being portrayed accurately in our times? And Christ said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. – Luke … Continue reading

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Anti-Christ

DISPATCHES FROM FR. CHARITAS Tuesday, May 22, 2018 The seductive yet sinister nature of what the early Church referred to as anti-Christ was that it claimed to be the true Christ.  The anti-Christ is successful because it can persuade well-intentioned … Continue reading

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THE LIMITS OF MERCY

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Tuesday, May 22, 2018 What are the limits of mercy? Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34 These noble words of Christ are not in all the … Continue reading

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In the Washing of Dishes, Side by Side

Dispatches from Fr. Charitas Monday, May 21, 2018 I am closest to Christ, in deepest conversation and communion with Christ, when I am doing the chores of humble servanthood.  As I ladle soup into bowls for the homeless or when … Continue reading

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IN TIMES OF DIVISION

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Monday, May 21, 2018 In times of severe division, what can the Christian do? Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,  leave your … Continue reading

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SUFFERING TRANSFORMED

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Sunday, May 20, 2018 How do we respond to the suffering in the world? More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does … Continue reading

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On the Stubbing of Toes

Dispatches from Fr. Charitas Saturday, May 19, 2018 He walked for miles and for days along stony roads and He did so wearing sandals.  I assume that some days the roads were dusty and other days the roads were muddy.  … Continue reading

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