St. Joseph, like Mary, is a model and guide for all Christians, especially as a model of faith. St. Joseph teaches us the meaning of faith in God and how to actively and consistently live out the virtue of faith in our lives.
Justice Kennedy’s opinions have often reflected a heavy emphasis on the right to personal autonomy and determining one’s own identity, something which he himself has been governed by in dictating unjust and immoral laws from the Supreme Court bench.
Whatever the failings of the Church’s members, whether clergy or laity, the Church is indeed the plan of God as the instrument of salvation for humanity collectively.
Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone is pushing the Church to use the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Dublin to celebrate homosexual partnerships and distort the authentic meaning of family.
The Compendium Of The Social Doctrine Of The Church explains that “Jesus’ followers are called to live like him and, after his Passover of death and resurrection, to live also in him and by him, thanks to the superabundant gift of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, who internalizes Christ’s own style of life in human hearts” (29).
Today it is not uncommon to encounter some Catholics and other Christians who have incorporated eastern meditation into their Christian prayer practices. An example of this is “Zen,” a form of Buddhist meditation that is popular in Chinese Buddhism.
I’m often asked if Catholics believe in evolution. Also, Catholics themselves are often confused about what they can or cannot believe about it. Is it compatible or incompatible with the divine Christian faith and belief of the Church? The answer is, “It depends.”
The Catholic spiritual tradition has defined three categories reflecting particular degrees of spiritual advancement. These are 1) The Purgative Way; 2) The Illuminative Way; 3) The Unitive Way. To begin, let’s enlist the help of St. Teresa of Avila and her analogy of a gardener cultivating a garden that the Lord will find pleasing.