The readings of today’s liturgy emphasize one simple truth of our Catholic faith: sin damages us and others. It has serious long-term consequences—even those of an unending, eternal duration. Sin can lead to that terrifying reality we call hell.
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We are reminded on this Feast Day of the wonderful gift of the Archangels, including our guardian angles, whose unfailing assistance is directed toward one end: serving God’s loving plan of salvation.
Who do you say that I am? asks Jesus. It’s the question above all others. The way we answer this question will echo into eternity. It’s a question of life and death. It’s a question about everything.
Have you ever wanted to become a saint but been discouraged by the seeming impossibility of modeling their lives of sanctity and holiness? How is a busy mother suppose to spend hours in contemplative prayer on her knees before the crucifix of Christ? But I soon realized that sanctity is not necessarily defined by those things. It is found, with God’s grace, in the simplicity of being a faithful mother.
As a teen and young man, I remember being hesitant—even fearful—of mentioning to my friends that I was a Catholic. I knew they held a lot of misunderstanding about the Church and what the Church believes about Mary.