“It’s Just Human Nature…”

In the attempt to excuse any and all sorts of bad behavior, the phrase, “it’s just human nature,” is invoked.  We all have heard it after the dust has settled from an outburst of anger, mischievous behavior, or perhaps something far worse.  It’s an excuse used to make us feel better about ourselves.  We don’t want to be seen as a monster.  Rather, we just succumbed to “human nature.” Read the rest of this entry »

…And Become Thankful.

In his letter to the Colossians, St. Paul writes,

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which [peace] you were also called in one body: and become thankful [kai eucharistoi ginesthe]. (Colossians 3:15)

Being thankful and having the peace of Christ go hand in hand.  Though it may seem an afterthought in the above verse, St. Paul likely puts emphasis on thanksgiving. In fact it can be argued that with thanksgiving first being given, peace comes with it, and both will reside in one’s heart in unison.  Read the rest of this entry »