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.”
What’s going on in America? What’s behind the street riots, the increasing racial and social division, the leftist bent found in the mainstream news media, and the social conditioning going on in colleges and universities? Is all of this just a coincidence?
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, we are freed from the burden of heavy, material chains and thus allowed to more clearly perceive the beautiful and sublime bounty of the Beloved.
Today Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, who fell victim to the Christian persecution of A.D. 258 under the Roman emperor Valerian. At the beginning of the month of August, the emperor issued a decree commanding that all members of the Catholic clergy be put to death.
C.S. Lewis put forth this argument: Jesus is either Lord, liar or a lunatic. You must decide. There is no alternative.
A light shining in the darkness can guide us along the way, and reminds us of how much we need the light.
Signs of Christ abound all around us. However, the gifts of faith and wisdom are required before we can possess eyes with supernatural vision and hearts filled with supernatural love.
After receiving my first Communion at age 11, I would not return to the Catholic Church for nearly twenty years. All of that changed this last Easter when, after many struggles, hurts and pains, I returned to full communion with the Church of Jesus Christ.