Archive for July, 2017

Pontius Pilate, Regnative Fortitude, and the Culture of Life

In many ways the story of Pontius Pilate is a narrative of the Culture of Death. His words embody the antithesis of the Culture of Life. Yet, this account of the Roman Governor still has much to say about the importance for standing up for truth and life. Many may ask what exactly ate Pilate has to teach us today? To answer this question the account of Christ’s trial before Pilate ought to be...

Daily Bread and Manna in the Wilderness: The Sign of God’s Providence

In the journey of the Israelites to the Promised Land God provided daily food through the gift of manna. However, it was under one condition. They were not to save or store extra manna for the following days because it would spoil. “Manna kept is worms” as the saying goes. Likewise, in the Lord’s Prayer the petition for food is for “our daily bread,” not enough for a week, month, or year. God...

An Adventure in Faith

“Saints are not people who plan and organize their particular style of life and perfection and follow it strictly on their own strength. Saints are people who love and trust God to the point that they let Him guide them and lead them where He wants.” Adam Exner was not alluding to himself when he made this statement but to Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer at the latter’s canonization. Nonetheless, the comment could...

Words That Perform Spiritual Works of Mercy

Much of the moral life depends on the proper use of words and the manner of speech. What one says and what does not say make a difference in all human relationships. Without sacrificing truth or integrity, a person can speak the truth with gentleness, kindness, and civility instead of with harshness, coarseness, or insensitivity. Living the moral life also requires that all persons express gratitude, pay compliments, and offer praise to the deserving...

“I am working out my Salvation with fear and trembling with hopeful promises of Christ”

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

Is there assurance we will all get to heaven? Let’s begin this discussion with the obvious of what we know. We are certain and assured that Jesus gave his life and was crucified and died on that Cross and entered into heaven for the purpose of standing before God on our behalf. But does that mean there is no process needed for our own participation to gain heaven? Is it enough to accept Jesus and therefore...

The Truth of Love Sets Us Free

“Love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.” These words were spoken by St. John Paul II in his 1981 Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World). In a world immersed in a complexity of problems, they are important words to remember. In fact, when we seriously contemplate this truth, we can discover the very meaning of our existence.

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