COME TO ITALY: A Church & Art History Tour!

From Pompeii to Florence, join me for trip of a lifetime as we explore the history of the church through the art, architecture and culture of Italy! Few experiences touch my soul like the joy of travel, the beauty of art and standing in the presence of history.  To see a Roman city (Pompeii) as Paul […]

An Evening Prayer (from The Siddur)

“Thou hast loved the house of Israel, thy people with everlasting love; thou hast taught us Torah and precepts, laws and judgments. Therefore, Lord our God, when we lie down and when we rise up we will speak of thy laws, and rejoice in the words of thy Torah and in thy precepts for evermore. Indeed, they are our life and the length of our days; we will meditate on them day and night…”

Transformation of the Heart

To embrace the idea that love stands at the center of the Christian life is to dive headfirst into paradox. For love – of God, self, neighbor and enemy – is commanded as the principle duty of a disciple. And yet if love is as we have described it – not merely a moral choice (to act “as if” we loved, regardless of our feelings), but a condition of the heart (agape in all its complexity, complete with affection, passion, devotion…) – then it transcends the powers of human volition. We cannot, by willful effort, no matter how sincere or devout, force ourselves to love what we do not.

And by “Love,” I Mean…Love: Definition of Agape

The love of God is a love of deep affection, of raw connection and enduring attachment. The love of God is the real deal. And I think we must grasp this in order to know how completely we have been embraced. And also to know the depth of the work to which we are called. For if we are called to love our enemies – not merely do not hate them, do make moral choices where they are concerned, to act with regard, but to love as God has loved us – then we can do with nothing less than a transformation of the heart. And suddenly we see with new clarity the work of spiritual maturity that lies before us.