Love and… Responsibility?

It is routinely pointed out that about half of all marriages end in divorce. But what is not often discussed is the other half of the equation: the marriages that don’t break up. Are those marriages thriving? Do married couples that stay together feel truly close to one another? Do they achieve true, lasting, personal intimacy? The picture on this […]

The Law of Gift

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the September/October 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp Love & Responsibility: The Law of Gift How does a person know if he […]

How Could Mr. Right Turn Out to be So Wrong?

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp Sense and Sensibility: How Could Mr. Right Turn Out to be So Wrong? Many […]

Avoiding Fatal Attractions

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the May/June 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp A man eating lunch at a restaurant notices an attractive woman at another table, […]

Beyond the Sexual Urge

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp In our first reflection on Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, we considered […]

Getting it Right—The Foundation of Friendship

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the January/February 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp In his book Love and Responsibility, Karl Wojtyla—now known as John Paul II—reflects […]

Decoding the Woman of the Apocalypse

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

Who is the Woman of Apocalypse 12 Decoding the woman in 12 is not an easy task.[1 ] Although a strong Catholic tradition sees Mary in this woman who appears in heaven “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet” and wearing “a crown of twelve stars,” most Biblical scholars today rule out a Marian interpretation. Instead, they […]

“Do Not Impose Your Morality on Me!”

When teaching about virtues and the moral life, I often think of a discussion I had with a college friend. He was taking an ethics class with a professor who promoted moral relativism—the notion that there is no objective moral truth, no right or wrong. According to a relativist, all truth claims are subjective, merely reflecting one’s own feelings, opinions, […]

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Question — a Vow?

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

“How can this be since I do not know man?” (Lk. 1:34) Mary has only one question for the angel Gabriel. And it’s a question that provides a beautiful window into Our Lady’s unique spiritual life, but one we might overlook if we don’t read the Annunciation account carefully: Mary says to the angel, “How can this be since I […]