Witness Without Compromise (Sat. May 15)

The word of the day is “obey.”  In every revolution, there is a moment when the rebels defy authority.  Without the courage of some to do so, there is no change. There is only compliance. Today we find in our reading of Acts 5:21-33 that such a moment occurred when the apostles again appeared before the high priest and members of the Sadducees, the religious sect that ruled the temple.  When the high priest sternly reminded Peter that he was told to cease speaking of “this Name [of Jesus”] (OSB vs. 28), Peter was defiant.  “We ought to obey God rather than men,” he said (OSB vs. 29).  That was the decisive moment that would free the new Christian movement…

How to Wake Up from the Slumber of Sloth (Thurs. March 25)

Feast of the Annunciation The word of the day is “slumber.”  Most have times when the fervor of the faith dies down, and we find that we are just going through the motions of religious practice.  In those times of spiritual lethargy, we are sleepwalking in the Spirit.  Today’s reading of Proverbs 6:3-20 includes a warning against the lethargy that rests and sleeps when it is time for activity and work. The sage writes, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man” (NKJV vs. 10).  Today, we will apply this admonition to the spiritual vice of “sloth.” …