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Reflections on the Supernatural Virtue of Faith

We are living in a difficult time in history. Numerous aspects of the modern world prevent us from living truly Christian lives: secularism, atheism, relativism, technology (when used inappropriately without temperance)—the list is quite lengthy. When we are living in a world that is seemingly divided against itself, it may sometimes be difficult to see God’s hand in history. We may struggle to have the faith to turn to him in our times of...

Following Christ in the Way of the Cross

Lent is the part of the liturgical year that we commit to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We unite this time of year with his Passion and, as we enter the final week of Lent before Holy Week, it is fitting to contemplate what it truly means to follow Christ. All through Lent, we have been offering, or doing our best to offer, sacrifices so that we might separate ourselves from this world and live more...

The Narratio of Sacred Liturgy in Genesis 1 and 2

The liturgy of the Church is where we, as the baptized faithful, approach the throne of Heaven with humility to give praise and thanksgiving to God, for the work of the blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As the source and summit of the whole Christian life (Lumen gentium, art. 11), it is worth pondering why we celebrate the liturgy at all. Is not the liturgy just an addition to the Church’s...

The Domestic Church and the Sacred Liturgy

This is the fourth of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church. See the first here, the second here and the third here.

Having first investigated the biblical roots of the family as the domestic church (here and here), we then looked at the relationship of the family to the Cross of Christ (here), relying heavily on...

The Domestic Church and the Cross of Christ

This is the third of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church. See the first here and the second here.

In the first two articles of this series, we looked more deeply into the Old Testament and New Testament roots of the family as the domestic church. We demonstrated how, ultimately, the life of the domestic church should be a mirror for the relationship between Christ and...

Biblical Roots of the Domestic Church: New Testament

This is the second of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church. See the first here.

In the first part of this article series, we looked at the Old Testament roots of the family as the domestic church. These, however, are only a foreshadowing of what would come in the time of Christ. Christ came to renew all things and to free man from slavery to his sin, for...

Biblical Roots of the Domestic Church: Old Testament

This is the first of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church.

The family is experiencing grave oppression from society and the world. Our society lacks the proper respect due to the family, which the Church has long considered as the “first and vital cell of society” (see Rerum Novarum, art. 12; Casti Connubii, art. 8; Humane Vitae, art. 23; and Familiaris Consortio, art....

The Silence of the Cross

All of us are fully aware of the suffering in our lives—suffering, as a consequence of Adam and Eve’s fall, affects everyone, to various degrees and in different ways. While we know this to be true, we often find it hard t to explain why certain kinds of tragedies happen at all. Why do young people lose their lives? Why do babies die in their mothers’ wombs? Why do our friends and family have to...