Today there is no shortage of confusion about the pope’s level of authority and the doctrine of papal infallibility. Just when do statements made by a pope rise to the level of formal, infallible pronouncements? Rarely.
The experience of the peace and happiness of “God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7), attained in freedom and loving obedience, is inseparable from love for the Truth, for Jesus Christ is the “way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), whose gift of himself to humanity opens the way to the Father and the everlasting kingdom of God.
This morning the dome of heaven is swaddled in heavy, gray clouds, but the air is light and crisp and paper-thin, like the translucent veil which divides the Church Militant from the Church Suffering. It reminds me of the importance of praying for the holy souls in Purgatory.
In our second reading for today, St. Paul speaks about how the Church is founded by Christ himself. Through apostolic succession, men who have received the sacrament of Orders continue to build on the foundation of the Church as it grows to full stature as the New Temple, which is Christ’s body and God’s building.
Why is the belief of the Church important in the voting process? Because those Catholics and Christians whose lives are ordered by the belief of the Church bring Jesus Christ and his saving gospel into the public square. That really says it all.
Authentic participation in the New Evangelization requires the proper exercise of the right and duty to vote. When I stand before Jesus Christ, will I be able to justify my voting choices, or will whatever I say merely be an unsuccessful attempt to rationalize them? The answer to that question makes all the difference.
The saints teach us what the meaning of life really is. By their unique deeds and words, they show forth the love of God in its radiant depth and beauty, and point us toward not simply the fullness of living in the here and now, but the goal of every human person: eternal life in union with God.
We were simply talking and it suddenly came out of my mouth without thinking. I expressed my hope in God and my trust in His divine providence and love. I thank God for such a beautiful gift. But that got me to thinking: what does it really mean to hope in God?