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Dear friends, 

Welcome to Biblical Resources.

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The contrast between the ideal and the real, at least in church terms, is quite sharp when it comes to service. It is evident that the church, as the whole body of believers, is called to serve, on the model of Jesus himself, who came "not to be served." Down through the centuries, the institutional church has sometimes veered away from this core teaching and fundamental frame of reference. In the words of Bishop Jacques Gaillot, "a church which does not serve serves for nothing."

But there is more to it than a critique aimed easily at others and conveniently away from myself! Instead, each one of us has to ask himself/herself: is my Christian calling truly expressed in the service and love of others? Even more concretely, how did that "happen" last week? How do I see it "happening" next week? Nothing less will do. Some such practical "examen" is a step towards closing the gap between the real and the ideal. 

Some inspiration

Can you drink this cup? (A musical setting)

“Spiritual greatness has nothing to do with being greater than others. It has everything to do with being as great as each of us can be. True sanctity is precisely drinking our own cup and trusting that by thus fully claiming our own, irreplaceable journey, we can become a source of hope for many.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Can You Drink the Cup?

“We have to live our life, not someone else's. We have to hold our own cup. We have to dare to say: “This is my life, the life that is given to me, and it is this life that I have to live, as well as I can. My life is unique. Nobody else will ever live it. I have my own history, my own family, my own body, my own character, my own friends, my own way of thinking, speaking, and acting—yes, I have my own life to live. No one else has the same challenge. I am alone, because I am unique. Many people can help me to live my life, but after all is said and done, I have to make my own choices about how to live.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Can You Drink the Cup?

With best wishes to all, 

Kieran O'Mahony,

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