06 Ep#499 Rescuing the Lost Sheep: Fraternal Correction

Somehow I suspect you’ve either recently been in a conflict where you were corrected or have seen a need or opportunity to offer correction to another. If not, perhaps it’s just around the corner. How about some guidelines from Jesus about that?

Because we are God’s children, and He warns us sternly against “despising the little ones.” After radical detachment, we have to “turn back” to rescue the lost sheep of our inner child, and the lost sheep in our original and church families when they are also our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Dearest Jesus, my love, in the words of little Therese, “For me to become great is impossible.” Help me bear with myself and my many imperfections as I seek to follow her means of getting to heaven by a little way–very short and very straight, The Little Way of the Child. Amen +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:00-12:00 – “turn back”: 1) radical detachment, 2) pursue to the lost sheep, 3) correcting offenders 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – despise = “to think against”; Jesus’ promise of His presence in the process of correction

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – personal examples of “fraternal correction”

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Church Fathers on fraternal correction


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