March, 2016

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John of the Cross

"St. John of the Cross" (detail) by Francisco de Zurbarán

“On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings — oh, happy chance! — I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest.” (St. John of the Cross; Ascent of Mount Carmel, Dark Night of the Soul, Stanza 1; translated by E Allison Peers) The Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church […]

The Nature of Forgiveness — Is it Humanly Possible?

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

The exalted nature of forgiveness is attested to by the fact that it presupposes a number of other virtues.  Consider three virtues in particular: justice, clemency, and mercy. Justice has the nature of an equation: Borrowing ten dollars requires returning ten dollars. When justice is violated, punishment or restitution of some kind is required. Herein is the timeless significance of bringing […]

Christ’s Divinity is the Key

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

The doctrine of Christ’s divinity is the central Christian doctrine, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the others. Christians have not independently reasoned out and tested each of the teachings of Christ received via Bible and Church, but believe them all on his authority. For if Christ is divine, He can be trusted to be infallible […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis on Religious Liberty

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our consciences dictate. But religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.” (Pope Francis—Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, September 26, 2015) Print this entry

Understanding Mercy Thanks to Mary

Our Lady of Mercy

There’s nothing quite like being in a hurry and seeing the flashing red lights that mean that a train is coming and that I have to stop. I had this happen to me recently when I was on my way from my mother-in-law’s house to town. It was at a train track that’s on a busy highway, in a place […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor

“We shall steer safely through every storm so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.” (St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1567 – 1622) is January 24. Print this entry