Our Lord Jesus cautions us to beware of the day of his return. Although we often think of Advent as a time to get ready for Christmas, the sacred season is about much more than that, as our gospel reading for today reminds us.
It is no surprise that American secularists display a high level of disdain for Catholicism, since, whether they admit it or not, the Catholic Church represents the antithesis of their futile quest to annihilate truth and religion.
Praying our friends to heaven is a good way to spend our November, and it might result in a throng of people who will thank us.
One area of misunderstanding between Catholics and our Protestant brethren is the subject of praying to the saints. Catholics are occasionally charged with “praying to the dead,” which gives rise to dark images of seances and Ouija boards.
The saints are models of human excellence, perfected by the life of Christ and the communication of his Spirit. They demonstrate by their lives how to really live and how to really die. They consistently point to the horizon of love which leads to the fulfillment of all human desire: eternal communion with the Holy Trinity.
In our Gospel today, Jesus gives us the ultimate rule for life. It’s a rule for eternity: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
Deeper roots in the spiritual life, not unlike the deep roots of an elderberry tree, have a better chance of producing a bountiful harvest.
The rocky soil is emblematic of our modern collapse of Christendom. Only God can enrich the soil of our hearts.