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

FINDING THE COURSE

SIXTEENTH DAY OF LENT Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. … Continue reading

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TOWARD A MORE DIVINE JUSTICE

  FIFTEENTH DAY OF LENT At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about Jesus; and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are … Continue reading

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JUST ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

FOURTEENTH DAY OF LENT Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9 In our western jurisprudence we find traces of the relationship between justice and peace.  At times, we refer to the Justice-of-the-Peace.  … Continue reading

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TOWARD A MORE PERFECT SENSE OF JUSTICE

  THIRTEENTH DAY OF LENT “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in … Continue reading

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RIGHTEOUS ACTS BY WAY OF RIGHTEOUS HEARTS

  TWELFTH DAY OF LENT “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:10 Righteousness is one of those Biblical words that one hears in church and its meaning is … Continue reading

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Transparency and Due Process

  ELEVENTH DAY OF LENT While Jesus was still speaking to the four disciples in the garden, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss Him; but … Continue reading

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We Ourselves Are the Penitents

  Tenth Day of Lent [Jesus then continued with His teaching …] “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 … Continue reading

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The Christian Karma of Covenant Mercy

Ninth Day of Lent “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew … Continue reading

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Blessed Justice

  Eighth Day of Lent [And Jesus began to teach them] …“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven; blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted; blessed are the meek, for they … Continue reading

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BY WAY OF THE POWER OF FOREVER

  Seventh Day of Lent Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for … Continue reading

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