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Is Self-Love Always Selfishness?

Is Self-Love Always Selfishness?

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Reflections on Christian Love You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We all say we’re against selfishness. But what is selfishness? And if God hates selfishness, why does our own happiness play such an important role in Biblical motivation? Some people think of selfishness as merely loving oneself, and that love for self is where the sin in selfishness lies. As you will see, I think we can… Continue Reading

Knowing and Showing His Beauty

Knowing and Showing His Beauty

This entry is part 12 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. – Bernard of Clairvaux Not long ago, a prominent (or at least vocal) atheist described the God of the Bible as “… arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction”. Among the adjectives he used to… Continue Reading

“If people want ‘play’ and ‘merriment’ in liturgy, it can only be because they’ve lost Joy.”

“If people want ‘play’ and ‘merriment’ in liturgy, it can only be because they’ve lost Joy.”

This piece is packed full of great tidbits. Here are some of them: Why are traditional liturgies traditionally performed (I mean normal and usual) considered unfit for children?  We don’t pave children’s streets, build children’s houses and construct children’s airplanes?  They seem to do just fine.  Children always aspire to be adults.  They like to approach… Continue Reading