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hate family – apple slicer

September 9, 2007 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Santos) — today’s Gospel was about “hating your family” in order to follow Jesus.  It always sounded “too shocking” to approach too literally, but a strong point is made.  In the Greek, it sound even stronger (hate your own breath).

If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” … [then closing with] … “anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

We are asked (and required) to give up everything (die to self) so God can give us everything (we need).  “He doesn’t promise an easy life but, instead, a great life.”  Having a philosophy of life is a lot easier than living it.  — Let go & let God” is easier said than done.

apple slicerFRAGMENTATION — today, I’m complete (maybe).  I have the final element to the comforts of home.  The third greatest invention of all times (behind the printing press & contact lenses) — the APPLE SLICER.  Everytime I use it, I’ll think of Descartes in Modern Philosophy beginning the age of doubt and “fragmentation.”  — Fr Santos would be proud.

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