We all enjoy showing our loved ones just how much they mean to us, but what about Christ? Do we show Him the same love and share with Him our treasures the way we do with our friends and family?
I encourage you this Advent to prepare for the coming of our Lord by avoiding comfort and complacency, embracing silence, and allowing your suffering to be redeemed, to truly make yourself open and receptive to God’s word. Enough distractions. Enough avoidance.
"This Advent, instead of falling once again into the endless cycle of preparing for the day of Christmas and not the season of Christmas, let us yearn to prepare our hearts and souls for the coming of Christ, and to use these days as days of penance and prayer, so we are ready to meet the Lord when He comes."
"While we give up dating during the fast, that’s not actually the point. The point is to come to know and fall in love with Jesus in a deeper and more personal way."
"Like you, my faith has a story, and I'm happy to share it with you here."
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.
Easter is here today! Alleluia! But no matter the season we can and should always be Easter People.
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?