You can’t hope to bear fruit when you don’t care for the tree, so how can you hope to live the best life you can without having God by your side? Today take some time to pray and ask God to help you work towards living a fruitful life.
The most profound call to repentance is experienced as we go before the Cross this Lenten season, as we kneel there along with our Blessed Mother, as we gaze upon our loving Savior who gave entirely of himself for love of us—even though we are sinners.
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.
The Church is suffering from a terrible crisis. How bad is it? Catholic historians and theologians think it is perhaps the worst it has ever been. Can it be traced, in part, to a misunderstanding of the pope’s authority?
In today’s gospel, the evangelist Mark is making a statement about how the disciples failed to see clearly who Jesus is. He is not suggesting that Jesus’ power to physically heal the blind man was inadequate or limited in some way.