Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

Marriage in the Church – What is Marriage?: Part V

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

“This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:32)

We are continuing our exploration...

St. Germaine and the Healthy Life

Omar Gutiérrez is a featured speaker at the upcoming conference, “Life, Dignity and Disability” presented by Human Life International and the Nebraska Catholic Conference. Click here to learn more and to register for this exciting conference.

“Health is the vital principle of bliss,” wrote the poet James Thomson. This is one of those sorts of truisms that stands or falls on what one means by “health” and what one means...

Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes Suffering

One has to accept sorrow for it to be of any healing power, and that is the most difficult thing in the world … A priest once said to me, ‘When you understand what accepted sorrow means, you will understand everything. It is the secret of life’ (Maurice Baring).[1]

I am truly honored to be one of the speakers at the forthcoming conference in Omaha, Nebraska, on the theme of “Life, Dignity,...

Suppose Christ Had Not Come?

In 1946, the year after the end of the Second World War, legendary film director Frank Capra made a magical movie called It’s a Wonderful Life. The film starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, the unsuspecting hero who saves the town of Bedford Falls from the evil clutches of Mr. Potter (played with perfect malevolence by Lionel Barrymore). The movie has become a timeless Christmas classic.

Audiences everywhere never tire of watching it. So...

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...

Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today: Part II of II

Blessed Pope John Paul II saw the outline of our new “new world” more than 30 years ago. And following his lead, the Church has been calling Catholics to the work of a “new evangelization” ever since. But there’s a natural human tendency to attach magic powers to slogans, which then replace serious thought and effort – as if saying the slogan, or talking about it, actually makes mission work...

Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today: Part I of II

St. Paul once wrote that If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, [then] we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Cor 15:17-19).

Junipero Serra, a spiritual son of Francis of Assisi, had a burning zeal in...

Overcoming Suffering with Love

Recently, a friend told me that he was studying the life of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa. Blessed Alexandrina was chosen by God to be a “victim soul” – one who offers up her suffering for the sake of others in union with the cross of Christ.

She suffered tremendously, experiencing near paralysis, great misunderstandings from family and friends, and even lived out the last 13 years of her life consuming nothing...