The parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man reminds us that hell is a real danger. If we reject helping those in need, we might find ourselves permanently residing in the netherworld, pleading for a drop of water to cool our tongue.
The Forbidden Fruit and Original Sin
The effects of original sin are passed on to all of Adam and Eve’s descendants. They are transmitted to mankind—to each of us. As head of the human race, what Adam lost he also lost for all men.
The Beatitudes: Self-Portrait of Christ
The Beatitudes are like a self-portrait of Christ. They look beyond the struggles of this life to eternal life to come. They proclaim that the blessings of the New Covenant will be fully realized in heaven.
Sam Harris and The Problem of Evil
Mr. Harris’s essay is often characterized by an emotional plea for answers in the face of the suffering that besets mankind. This is nothing new. At some point, nearly everyone finds himself in that position. It’s a thread that runs through mankind’s history.
The Lamb of God who Takes away the Sin of the World
In today’s gospel (John 1:29-34), John the Baptist sees Jesus walking toward him and proclaims: “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” What does it mean to say that Jesus is the Lamb of God?
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Passion for God, Compassion for the Poor and a Zeal for Souls
Anti-Catholic sentiment remained quite virulent in America at the time; therefore Elizabeth knew the decision to become Catholic was sure to cause alienation from friends and family—a very serious consequence, since as a widow with children she was in dire need of financial support.
8 Ways To Grow Closer to Christ This Christmas
Although Christ most certainly loves you, he reserves his exquisite and indescribable gifts for those who prove their love for him. Here are some helpful spiritual exercises for proving your love for the Savior during the Christmas season.
Reflecting on the Nativity, Shepherds, and the Joy of Christmas
As we look on the face of the Christ Child in celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, let us adopt the heart of the poor shepherds whose life of silence and watchfulness prepared them to receive the message of the birth of the Messiah.
Even More Stuff
A Christmas Reflection on Trust In Providence
We often set off on an unceasing quest to distance ourselves from every anxiety, and thus begin to live in such a way as to constantly seek change for “the better.” There is a self-inflicted stress in such a life; a nervous movement toward some savored goal.
Advent and Homesickness
I’m sure you’re familiar with homesickness. Perhaps you, like me, feel a little homesick right now. Perhaps you, like me, feel as if you’re never really home, no matter where you go, no matter where you live.
The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary Lights The Path To A Fruitful Advent
In virtue of the sweet Virgin’s sinless life of exemplary faith, hope and charity, she is rightly honored as the preeminent model of the perfect Christian.
An Advent Story: A Man Who Loved Christ to Tears
After a long pause, John told me about a terrible fire-fight he’d experienced in the war. He didn’t describe any of the details. There was no talk of blood or bombs or bullets or shredded bodies. What he did say, is the Lord had saved him. And he didn’t know why.
An Advent Reflection
Are you ready to repent and let Jesus into your life, that you may experience a new life of joy, happiness, and peace?
At an Unexpected Hour, Christ will Come
In our gospel today on this First Sunday of Advent (Matt 24:37-44), Jesus uses the flood in the time of Noah to provide us with a lesson on the end times and his second coming. Our Lord tells us: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”