Catholicism is a most excellent, healthy and fulfilling way of life. It is the way to happiness in Christ. Let us not forget that Christ died for his Church in order for his words of truth and sacraments of life to be passed on to all future generations, which makes the Church and her words of truth necessary.
Epiphany refers to the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles represented by the magi. In this Sunday’s gospel we are presented with a contrast between three figures: Jesus, Herod the Great, and the magi who journey into the night in search of not merely a sign from God, but rather the Christ Child himself, the “newborn king of the Jews” (Mt 2:2).
The theological virtue of hope can be thought of as a sublime, incomparable and indispensable gift given by God to help man attain perfect human happiness in heaven and live a fruitful life here on earth. Hope orders our life, and leads us onward and upward.
Seasons of life are a funny thing. Right now we are celebrating the beginning of spring with blooming flowers and popcorn poppin’ on the popcorn trees. However, as Catholics we are still walking through the penitential season of lent.
The theological virtue of hope, itself a gift from God, is integral to a fruitful Advent which entails looking forward in fervent expectation of the arrival of the Christ Child, who himself is the fulfillment of every human hope.