Episode 005: All Is Gift

Love is the “burning heart” of St. Augustine’s theology. Love determines all of our human existence and is the greatest of the gifts of the Spirit. The image of the heart also expresses St. Augustine’s characteristic emphasis on interiority— on the inner self, where God is present. | Statue of St. Augustine designed and created by Josef Albl of Albl Oberammergau woodcarvers in Germany

Love is the “burning heart” of St. Augustine’s theology. Love determines all of our human existence and is the greatest of the gifts of the Spirit. The image of the heart also expresses St. Augustine’s characteristic emphasis on interiority— on the inner self, where God is present. | Statue of St. Augustine designed and created by Josef Albl of Albl Oberammergau woodcarvers in Germany

Every good and perfect gift comes from above.

—St. James

Quite a statement—all is gift. It’s rather easy to understand when life is rolling along and everything is going our way. But what about the times life is challenging—filled with disappointment, discomfort, and difficult choices? How are these gifts and where is God and God’s Grace in all of this?

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