The life and teaching of St. Ignatius clearly point to the sublime and lofty goal of human nature: eternal communion with God. Man is made for something—Someone—infinitely greater and higher than creatures or created things.
Why did God look with favor on Abel’s gift and not on Cain’s? Ultimately, it was not because of what Cain offered to the Lord, it was because of Cain’s attitude toward God and the questionable intention behind his act of giving.
“Perhaps we do not know what love is: it would not surprise me a great deal to learn this, for love consists, not in the extent of happiness, but in the firmness of our determination to try to please God in everything”— St. Teresa of Avila
The root of our problem is found in expecting to get more than we wish to give. It’s an attitude in which one person seeks to use others for his own personal gain. Yet this desire is at the foundation of our ways of being. It is the simplest meaning of the word “Profit,” which is simply getting more than what we gave.
Dozens of people experienced miraculous physical healings from a number of ailments. For some people, however, healing didn’t happen. Why? That’s a question we must all face. Only faith in Jesus can supply the answer.
There are many paths or portals through which evil spirits are enabled to gain personal access to our lives in extraordinary ways. These doorways provide evil spirits with a kind of “permission” or “right” to oppress, obsess and even possess people. Christians would do well to carefully avoid them.
Immediately following the blessing, a woman across the church began, it seemed, to sob. Her cry, however, quickly turned into disturbingly loud shouts, shrieks, and pain-filled screams.
Repeating the words of Pontius Pilate as he reacts to Jesus’ compelling witness, too many of our contemporaries ask: “What is truth?” As current events and people challenge our innermost beliefs, we feel compelled to search for answers about our human existence and the ultimate meaning of our lives – we are moved to seek the truth.