Postmodern Autonomy: A modern-day perversion of the human heart

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When we reflect on the fact that Jesus deliberately chose Judas as one of the twelve knowing that he would betray him, and that Judas freely chose his own opposing path, we encounter the mystery of the call of God to humanity and its struggle with the exercise of human freedom. Continue reading

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Wounded Human Nature is a “Strange Nature”

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Wounded human nature is a “strange nature” wherein the false is sometimes embraced for its perceived comfort, nourished for fear of the pain one might incur in curing it, and upheld on the shaky principle of rigid stubbornness. Continue reading

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The Power of the Resurrection in our Lives: Christ Is Risen; Indeed, He Is Risen!

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Catholics do not believe in the Resurrection merely because we have been told it is so; we believe in it because the living community of the Church has witnessed it. We are a people who have witnessed the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is, then, a historical event in the life of the People of God. Continue reading

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I Believe That I May Understand

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Through the gift of faith we are enabled to assent fully and freely to the entire content of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Lent: Repentance In The Desert

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It is important to understand that sin and God’s holiness are incompatible. There is a radical conflict between the total and infinite purity, goodness, perfection and holiness of God, and the horrid, empty, constrictive and dark nature of sin. Every sin is an attack against God, his purity, holiness and truth. At the heart of sin is always a disordered self-love, a pride which seeks to suppress the truth about God and supplant the Creator with the creature. Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration Offers a Window Into Your Future

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The season of Lent is ordered toward finding new life in Christ. And there are indeed very great promises attached to this new life! St. Paul teaches that we await our Savior, who will “change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body” (Phil. 3:21). He is here speaking of the second coming of Christ and the general resurrection of the dead. That is the great hope to which Lent directs us: the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday, which foreshadows that moment at the end of history when we too shall be raised from the dead by Christ. Continue reading

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The Sacred Season of Lent and Death to Self

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In many ways, Lent is about dying: dying to self as you embrace the cross of Christ; dying to the world as you live as a citizen of heaven; dying to material wants and sensual pleasures that you may be raised by God to new heights; dying to fleeting things that you may take hold of eternal life. And all along, it is God who sustains you, gives you strength and directs your path. Lent, then, is a journey into the wondrous and beautiful heart of God.
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Proof for the Belief of the Church from Historical Continuity of Doctrine

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Non-Catholic and Protestant Christians of today are often under the false impression that Christians of the first few centuries were not Catholic. The idea suggests that early Christian beliefs were more Protestant than Catholic, and that sometime later the Church became corrupted and fell away from the “pure” Christianity narrated in the Bible. There are a number of theories about how this supposedly happened, from an infusion of pagan beliefs, practices and traditions that gradually corrupted the Church, to the powerful influence of the Emperor Constantine who is claimed to himself have founded Catholicism, to a mass apostasy that occurred sometime later. Continue reading

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Roots of the Cafeteria Catholic Phenomenon

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While “Cafeteria Catholic” is a somewhat new term, it is not an entirely new phenomenon; its roots are found in Renaissance humanism, Enlightenment philosophies and some of the subsequent errors of Modernism. Although some people today think that a self-guided moral autonomy is the intelligent way to live, it is not the path leading to human fulfillment but its opposite. Continue reading

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How You Can Help Retard the Exodus

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It’s no secret that large numbers of Catholics have drifted from the Church, which can happen slowly and progressively over time due to indifference, lack of piety and tepid devotion, or take the form of a more rapid departure. The heart of the lukewarm soon cools. If there is little love for what is true, there is little love for truth in its fullness. Continue reading

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