In his early theology Bonhoeffer had written about the “cost of discipleship” and the need to reject “cheap grace”— “the grace we confer on ourselves.”
She was a spellbinding speaker who preached the Gospel to audiences across the land, including the U.S. bishops.
She set off from Detroit in her Oldsmobile sedan and called her family from the road, begging them to understand that this was something she had to do.
Aside from his virtues as a father and man of faith, Joseph is also a poor working man—a detail not without significance in the Gospels.
Frances’s practical skill in managing household affairs and her attention to the needs of others was combined with a deep life of prayer.
A lawyer by training and a lay theologian raised in the Episcopal Church, sought through his many books to apply the Word of God to the moral issues of his age.
One of the great women of the Gospels is remembered by her deed alone; her name is totally lost.
Janani Luwum was the Anglican primate of Uganda. By all accounts he was a traditional prelate, not naturally suited to the role of prophet. But this was the era of General Idi Amin.
“Pacifism,” he wrote, “is built upon a central truth. . . . That truth is: God is love, love is of God. Love is the central thing in the universe.”
The themes of generosity and compassion feature in many miracles attributed to Brigid, whose only desire was “to satisfy the poor, to expel every hardship, to spare every miserable man.”