The Fifth Gospel
a boy cant imagine how hard he will find it, someday, to forgive his own enemies. Or his own loved ones. He has no inkling that good men can sometimes find it impossible to forgive themselves. The darkest mistakes can be forgiven, but they can never be undone.
A death wish is not the same as a willingness to die.
After Father died, she told me that it felt strange to have hands anymore, what with no one to hold them.
A Greek has twenty-five centuries of painful history to keep his dreams in check, but theres nothing more dangerous than to give an American hope. The
A Greek has twenty-five centuries of painful history to keep is dreams in check, but there's nothing more dangerous than to give an American hope.
A priest can forgive a stranger so quickly that a boy cant imagine how hard he will find it, someday, to forgive his own enemies. Or his own loved ones. He has no inkling that good men can sometimes find it impossible to forgive themselves. The darkest mistakes can be forgiven, but they can never be undone. I hope my son will always remain a stranger to those sins
Boia is trying to force Simon to talk. Nowak is trying to keep the exhibit a secret.
bullies the light out of the room.
Deep in the marrow of our religion is the conviction that loss and sacrifice are noble. To surrender something is the highest proof of Christian duty.
just need some time to think, I say. Ill call you tomorrow. I hesitate. Im sorry about tonight. Before she can answer, I hang up. The ache that has been building for hours is now painful. When Simon and I used to feel this way after Mamma died, we would run cross-country and back. The hills. The steps. The shadows of the walls. We would run until we were buckled over, heaving on the ground, cooling ourselves in the overspray of the fountains. I close my eyes. Give him back to me, Lord. I need my brother. I
Life has taught this boy to string nets beneath his hopes.
My old friend has gained weight. His shirt is wrinkled and his hair is too long. We clamp hands on each other and trade kisses on the cheek, holding on longer than we should, because as the distance has grown, so has the enthusiasm of our greetings. Someday we will be the greatest of strangers.
People lie. People disagree. People make mistakes. To find out the truth, you have to know how to search for it.
So this is how my friend died. Because I taught him how to read the gospels. And because he had the bravery to speak out about what they revealed.
The darkest mistakes can be forgiven, but they can never be undone.
The Greek Orthodox bishops made a point of snubbing John Paul. He didnt complain. They insulted him. He didnt defend himself. They demanded he apologize for Catholic sins from centuries ago. And John Paul, speaking on behalf of one billion living souls and the untold Catholic dead, apologized.
The motto here is that a new door opens every time you push another man out a window.
theres reason to believe neither account reflects the facts. But the authors of both gospelswhoever those authors really werebelieved Jesus was the Savior, so He mustve been born in Bethlehem, as the Old Testament predicts.
What puzzles me most is the disappearance of the Diatessaron and where it might be now.
When God became human, He made Himself into an image. By His own incarnation, He shattered the prohibition against art.