St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Theological Virtue of Hope

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Christ crucified beckons us to see in hope the “now” and beyond it into eternity. In doing so, aided by the Spirit and thus empowered to live in a new, even astonishing, recreated and transformed way, we join our voices confidently and with conviction to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s: “I wish to die for that man.” Continue reading

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Saint Clare Shows Us How The Path of Simplicity Can Lead To A Greater Love for Christ

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We learn from St. Clare both the importance of giving one’s life to Christ as well as the sublime, eternal rewards of doing so. When we leave the fleeting, temporary created objects of the world behind, no longer placing our trust in them or seeing them as inordinately important in our lives, we are freed from the burden of heavy, material chains and thus allowed, by the indwelling Spirit, to more clearly perceive the beautiful and sublime bounty of the Beloved, whose recreative and transformative love is the greatest of all gifts.
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Day Will Soon Pass Into Night

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Although the bright light of day gives the false impression that night is far off, it is this moment drawing near. Soon, light will give way to shadow, color wash into grey, and the warmth of the sun will cease as it falls below the horizon and the earth is cast in darkness. In the same way, the sun is already setting upon your earthly life. On looking back, it will seem as if night fell in the blink of an eye. “Where has the day gone?” you will ask. Continue reading

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When the Journey from Here to Eternity is Too Far to Walk

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When your friends have abandoned you, when some have betrayed you, when others will not accept what you have to offer, remember Jesus Christ is risen. Continue reading

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Pope Francis: The Eucharist is our Spiritual Lifeblood

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The Eucharist is the spiritual life-blood of the Christian because in receiving it we consume the glorified body of the Risen Lord, whose life transforms us, elevates and empowers us to become like him. Pope Francis noted that in receiving the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, God communicates interior attitudes of holiness to us, infusing our hearts and minds with his own love and his own thoughts, through the wondrous presence of Jesus and the divine impulses of the Holy Spirit. Among these interior attitudes is “First of all docility to the Word of God.” Continue reading

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Death: The Unspoken Yet Unavoidable Experience In Your Future

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Death often remains the unspoken, unthinkable subject. While we tend to refrain from discussing or thinking about frightening, unpleasant topics, such a habit is indeed an unfortunate one. I propose that thinking about death is one of the more intellectually and spiritually healthy things a person can do. It’s the sane thing to do, and it’s the human thing to do. As we mediate on the reality of death, and learn what God has revealed about death, life and the human person to his Church, we learn a great deal about what it really means to live.
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Children: The Crowning Glory of Marriage

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The American cultural lens of late has warped the way in which children are viewed to the point that they are seen not as gifts but as burdens. Many people no longer recognize children for who they are: precious jewels of indescribable beauty and worth whose growth, formation and education in the Christian life is entrusted to their parents. The “crowning glory” of marriage (CCC 1652), children are a permanent testament to the love of father and mother, whose lives will echo this love throughout eternity.
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Relativism: The Societal Poison of our Age

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Relativism undermines the purpose of the human intellect, which is to seek, find and know the truth, most especially the ultimate Truth: God. Consequently, it is not only an affront to human dignity but also damages individuals and society, and labors to prevent people from attaining their destiny in eternal communion with God. At the foundation of relativism is the notion that it matters little what one believes, so long as it works for you. It’s the conviction against all convictions; the claim that absolute truth is nonsense, which is itself a truth claim—albeit a false and ridiculous one.
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In Order to Faithfully Observe the Commandments, It is Necessary to Truly Love the Good

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In order to pursue the good wholeheartedly, it is necessary to truly love the good, to see it as a highly desirable treasure. The ancient philosopher Plato understood that if we love the good, our emotions and dispositions will move toward it spontaneously and with a sense of delight. God’s law is truly beautiful and wondrous, to be pursued with constant persistence and great energy, for its beauty is founded on the unsurpassable greatness, wisdom and beauty of its Divine Origin.
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The Catholic Church: Not an Endeavor of Human Origin but the Plan of God

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The plan of God cannot be undone. The words of Gamaliel in reference to the apostles, their successors and their mission in the Church, continue to echo throughout the centuries: “For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God” (Acts 5:38-39). The continuity and permanency of the Church cannot be explained in any other way but by her origin in her divine and human founder: Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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