Radical Compassion for All

“10. Do acts of mercy in secret.” -Fr. Thomas Hopko, 55 Maxims for Christian Living “To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables There is this scene in Les Miserables that rips my heart out. It takes place near the beginning of the story after Jean Valjean is released from a French prison after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread. Starving,…

A Better Way

  “8. Practice silence, inner and outer.” -Fr. Thomas Hopko, 55 Maxims for Christian Living I recognize in my daughter’s face the storm brewing behind her eyes. She is blocked from peace by howling thoughts and fears: What should she choose? Who should she be? What if she’s never enough? Unfortunately, and I know this first-hand, she won’t outgrow the vulnerability and insecurity tingeing her every hope and good intention with residual…

Places So Lonely

“7. Eat good foods in moderation and fast on fasting days.” -Fr. Thomas Hopko, 55 Maxims for Christian Living I opened the refrigerator and there it sat, the leftover birthday cake thickly iced and irresistible. It had been a long celebratory weekend of gorging on food and fun and now I was tired, bloated and heedless. With my defenses down, I caved instantaneously devouring forkfuls of sickeningly sweet butter cream frosting containing but…

A Posture of Repentance

  “6. Make some prostrations when you pray.” -Fr. Thomas Hopko, 55 Maxims for Christian Living My son will be graduating from High School next year and is equal parts excited and apprehensive about the future. Independence is thrilling but also intimidating, what with all its new demands and responsibilities.  A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were talking with him about job interviews, forging connections, making a good impression, etc.…