Today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, whose life with Jesus of Nazareth teaches us many important elements of Christian discipleship. One that stands out above all others is the way in which her life was totally transformed by an intimate relationship of communion with Jesus Christ.
We all have turbulent times in our life where nothing seems to go right. A storm, if you will, of uncertain waves of persecution, loss, or fear labors to topple our boat. Our response to this situation should first and foremost include turning to Jesus Christ.
The contemporary danger is this: if as Catholics we have become complacent, if we are merely “going along to get along” out of fear of division, hurt feelings or governed by false tolerance, then we lack the courage which the Spirit gives and we have in fact laid down the cross of Christ.
Contrary to the popular musings of Steven Hawking and others, it is not possible for the physical sciences to prove God does not exist.
Deism is today the “common sense” religion of many Catholics and other Christians in America. On a subliminal and personal level, it has fused itself with Christian beliefs, forming a new kind of faith based on feel-good dogmas and relativized sexual ethics.
The Mystical Vine, the Catholic Church is animated by a novel vital principle, which is its Soul, the Holy Spirit, who is the Grace that animates all the members of the Body of Christ.
Have you ever wanted to become a new person, and live out a new, exciting and fulfilling life? Has the universal human experience of dissatisfaction and emptiness in earthly life given rise to a thirst for change within you?
We could choose to focus on the pain of rejection, but I choose to rejoice because I have been found worthy to be rejected for love of Jesus Christ. This was not the first time I was rejected because of my faith and it will not be the last.