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How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me this Lent

How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me this Lent

| 04-15-AD2014 | 0 Comments

Lent, what a season! For some it brings dread, for others it is a time to strengthen their walk with God, and still others it is a missed opportunity for renewal altogether. For me, this Lent has been a wonderful and intense time of great growth in my relationship with God. I have learned many […]

Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

| 04-14-AD2014 | 4 Comments

Whether we will or not, we must suffer…There are two ways of suffering — to suffer with love, and to suffer without love. The saints suffered everything with joy, patience, and perseverance, because they loved. As for us, we suffer with anger, vexation, and weariness, because we do not love. If we loved God, we […]

A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

A Non-Historical Question about Jesus of Nazareth

| 04-14-AD2014 | 0 Comments

Peter Kreeft recently presented an essay on the theme that, in his claim to be God, the historical Jesus of Nazareth could not have been wrong and still been a good man. If not God, he would have had to have been a liar, a lunatic, a guru believing in some form of universal divinity, or […]

Let’s Do the ‘Washing of the Feet’ Right or Do Away With It Altogether

Let’s Do the ‘Washing of the Feet’ Right or Do Away With It Altogether

| 04-14-AD2014 | 60 Comments

So here we are again—approaching Holy Week. A most splendid—the most splendid week of the year! Yes, Christmas brings us the infant God made man, but during this week He fulfills that purpose for which he was conceived of the Virgin Mary. Holy Week, however, comes replete with painful awareness of how many Catholic parishes simply […]

Viewing the Passion Through the Eyes of St. Gemma Galgani

Viewing the Passion Through the Eyes of St. Gemma Galgani

| 04-14-AD2014 | 1 Comments

Sometimes, it’s good to get a fresh perspective. When we’ve seen the same thing, the same way, over and over again, it can get stale and lose its impact on us. I’ve heard priests say that the best-known passages from Sacred Scripture are the most difficult ones about which to preach for precisely this reason. […]

Giving Up <i>‘Vegables’</i> for Lent

Giving Up ‘Vegables’ for Lent

| 04-14-AD2014 | 2 Comments

It’s hard to write humor these days. You come up with an idea for a list of funny things to give up for Lent, and some third grader beats you to it. And not just one, but three. The first thing I thought of was vegetables. I was still thinking about it when I stopped […]

The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

| 04-11-AD2014 | 4 Comments

On the day I graduated from medical school, I took an oath that includes the famous words: “First do no harm.”   I am happy to say that in entering my twentieth year as a physician, I have somehow managed to keep my word.  But, is that really enough?  I don’t think so.  In fact, it […]

The Right Way to Fight Poverty

The Right Way to Fight Poverty

| 04-10-AD2014 | 2 Comments

American political debates can focus on any number of things, from abortion to religious freedom to foreign policy. On some issues there are great differences between the parties, and on others there seems to be a broad consensus, at least among the political class if not the American electorate. Few policy areas have attracted amore […]

God is Not a Vending Machine

God is Not a Vending Machine

| 04-10-AD2014 | 2 Comments

“If God is so good and loving, if He’s really there at all, why didn’t He answer my prayer?” This question has been asked by atheists and agnostics and doubters and believers and skeptics and observers and disinterested third-parties alike. For some it presents a serious challenge to their faith, or to the possibility of […]

Good Friday and the Two Mobs

Good Friday and the Two Mobs

| 04-08-AD2014 | 5 Comments

In the days leading up to Good Friday, Jesus was encountered by two different kinds of mobs that had entirely different responses to him and thereby suffered two different fates. Both mobs were convicted and condemned, but in very different ways. “This Mob is Cursed” (John 7:49) There were many people in Israel who were […]