To judge the state of a person's soul as irrefutably being in Hell because their death was self-inflicted is unacceptable. Instead, we are called to not only join with the Communion of Saints in praying for their repentance and salvation, but to offer ourselves in support of those the individual left behind.
Pope Francis says in "Gaudete et Exsultate" that you (yes, YOU), are called to be a saint. But how? By not being bland, by not relying on yourself, and by remembering the saints.
Easter is here today! Alleluia! But no matter the season we can and should always be Easter People.
"When youth and young adults who have left the Church are asked why they left, a recurring theme in their responses is the lack of authenticity in those they encountered while a part of it. We would be foolish (and this finger points at myself as much as at anyone else) to think that a lack of authenticity doesn't indicate a lack of humility as well."
The Church today must learn from CrossFit. It must be simultaneously bold, contrite, and willing to listen. It must do this not for butts in seats or dollars in collection baskets, but for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Of all the insults and arguments hurled against the Catholic Church, two stand out to me in particular: 1) The Church is obsessed with guilt, and 2) faith is just a way to avoid the reality of the finality of death. The former stands out because it actually sounds like a good thing (look around … Continue reading Why Guilt? Why Ashes? Why Fasting?