Quick, name two positive emotions and two negative emotions. Got them? Feel free to write them down, or just remember them. Guess what? It was a trick question. Emotions aren’t positive or negative, they’re just emotions. In a society such as our that tends to moralize our emotions, the concept I just proposed is a strange one. But it’s true.
Now, we might like some emotions more than others. We prefer happiness to despair, exhilaration to fear, triumph to embarrassment. But emotions in themselves have no moral value in any direction. They’re not good or bad. They’re not positive or negative. They’re just emotions.
God is a lover, and He’s constantly writing us unsigned love notes. To the soul that knows love, it sees signs of His presence everywhere, though others don’t recognize it.
Some of the women that Larry Nasser abused forgave him, but that doesn’t mean he should get out of prison. Same for JPII’s would-be assassin. Forgiveness is not pardon. Nor is it condoning, forgetting, reconciliation, and it’s definitely not easy.
What if instead of viewing God’s will as an authoritarian thing, you viewed it as His desire for your life?
If you were God, would you have done things the way He did? If you’re the divine-made-human (i.e. Jesus) on a mission to become human, die for our sins, and save the world, would you have done it the way He did? If you’re anything like most people, probably not. He spent HOW long just living at home? (30 years, or ~90% of his life) But, He’s God so clearly knows what He’s doing. Let’s unpack it.
Here are my 5 most popular posts from the past year, with links to the original. Links and descriptions are below, and I made a video overview also.
Here are my 5 most popular videos from the past year, with links to the original posts. Links and descriptions are below, and I made a video overview also.
The parents scrimped and saved to have enough money to buy This Year’s Big Thing for their kids. The hottest must-have toy that every kid wants. Christmas rolls around and This Year’s Big Thing sits beautifully wrapped under the tree. The kids tear the wrapping paper apart and shriek with delight at the amazing toy that is now theirs. 15 minutes later, they’re playing in the box it came in, and stay there the rest of the day. What happened?
(well, perhaps they should’ve read this hilarious article of what kids really want for Christmas)
Of all the liturgical seasons, Advent is my favorite. Here’s why.
Imagine you’re an heir to a kingdom. In America, that’s kinda hard, we very clearly and deliberately don’t have royalty or kings (though as a country we do practically worship celebrities, but that’s beside the point). You’re an heir to an exotic and wonderful kingdom, but you haven’t come of age yet, so you don’t get to take full possession of it.