Posts Tagged ‘Hope’

The Prophet of Hope: Blessed John XXIII

In a few days, on September 30, we will have confirmation of the exact date for the anticipated April canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII. The great mission of evangelization carried out during the papacy of John Paul II was preceded by the foundation for renewal laid by the Second Vatican Council, which is the lasting legacy of John XXIII.

On October 11, 1962, Blessed John XXIII made the...

A Call to Hope

Imagine for a moment the utter despair of the disciples on Holy Saturday. For three long years they had toiled ceaselessly with their Master, leaving livelihoods, families, and everything else behind. They had loved him devotedly, spending their days learning the deepest wisdom from him, accompanying him on wearying journeys, enduring scorn for his sake, eating and sleeping with him, and witnessing his jaw-dropping miracles—all the while confident that they would enjoy an exalted place...

Dare We Hope for Gosnell?

A few days ago, the news broke that a deal was struck between Kermit Gosnell and the prosecutors. Gosnell waived his right to appeal the verdict. In return the prosecutors dropped their demand for the death penalty. Up until this point, the question was still very much in the air whether he should receive this extreme punishment or not. 

In a short article for First Things, Robert George...

There is no Heaven on Earth

Nikos Kazantzakis is best known for Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opusThe Last Temptation of Christ and The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel brought him additional fame and solidified his literary reputation. He narrowly missed receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, losing to Albert Camus in 1957 by a single vote. On his tombstone on the island of Crete, his birthplace, are inscribed these words: “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”

These are bold...

The Theological Wisdom of Benedict

As shock has given way to acceptance, we hear more and more affirmations of the humility and courage of Pope Benedict XVI, who announced that he would renounce his office as the Supreme Pontiff today at 8:00 p.m. Rome time (2:00 p.m. EST). The 8-year papacy of Benedict is coming to an end, yet we cannot underestimate the gifts that the Church has been given through the wisdom of this seemingly short pontificate.

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The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Dr. Nathanson the Prophet

In 1973, the infamous Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalized the crime that would take the lives of over 50 million innocent unborn humans, who were made in the image and likeness of God. As a result of this unspeakable decision and its aftermath, the United States of America has plunged into a moral chasm that no longer respects the dignity of the human person from conception until a natural death....

Mary, the Mother of God: Model of Faith

Saint Ambrose writes, “The life of [the Blessed Virgin Mary] can serve as a model for everyone…Who can be more noble than the Mother of God? Who can be more glorious than the one chosen by Glory Itself?” While the new liturgical year begins for the Church with the season of Advent, the new calendar year begins on the 1st of January. The Church consecrates the new year with a solemnity in honor of Mary,...

Love, Hope, and Trust

The first Christmas was not an event that was met with universal acceptance. Upon arriving in Jerusalem, the Magi asked, “Where is he that is born king of the Jews?”  Not knowing the political situation in that city, their question was as naïve as it was dangerous. King Herod could not abide there being any other king of the Jews than himself. He had also believed that the Messiah would be born in...