Do not be mistaken or surprised. You will face opposition. You will experience struggle. You will face tough choices. You will walk through darkness, challenge, and fear. You will experience defeat, set backs, and obstacles. You will have hard times. Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart,
The brazen desert sun reflected mercilessly off of every rise, wallowing in the gaps between the dry cliff walls and the tawny wilderness floor. The opening crags of jutting rock faces joining to form the rugged hillsides of the desert of Judea seemed to move toward the afternoon sun as the light played its way in
When soldiers return from a mission it is standard practice for them to be debriefed on the events and accomplishments of their time in the field. This is not just for the sake of intelligence gathering, it is also a tool to bring something of resolution to the soldiers for what they faced in battle.
Jesus left more than a few keys of the kingdom in the hands of his followers. He never intended that anyone would horde them, or intentionally deprive others of them for their own selfish gain. But starting with the first apostles, and then bishops, and then popes that is exactly what happened — people used the