Salvation

"The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek" (detail)
by Peter Paul Rubens"The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Melchizedek Priest of the God Most High

Perhaps the most mysterious, enigmatic and intriguing figure in all of the Old Testament is Melchizedek the Canaanite priest who makes a brief appearance in the Old Testament in Genesis. He is also mentioned in the Book of Psalms and is referred to eight times in the New Testament Letter to the Hebrews. Speculation, conjecture, and sometimes just pure wild [...]

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino

Are Catholics “Born Again”?

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). My mother was Catholic and my father Baptist. My mother was firmly committed, as was my father after serious and prayerful consideration, to raise their children Catholic and baptize us at infancy. Years later I met [...]

"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch

Lord, will those who are saved be few?

I once heard a comment from a friend who was preparing a homily for today’s passage from Luke’s Gospel (cf. Luke 13:22-30 below). He was finding it difficult to preach on the “fact” that there will be so few in heaven. He has no problem on preaching about death, judgment, Heaven and Hell; but, he is disturbed and sad that there will [...]

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

“Have you been saved?” – How Should Catholics Respond?

Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the [...]

"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch

How Many Souls will be Saved?

Lord, will those who are saved be few? I once heard a comment from a friend who was preparing a homily. He was finding it difficult to preach on the “fact” that there will be so few in heaven. He has no problem on preaching about death, judgment, Heaven and Hell; but, he is sad that there will be so few saved. [...]

Return of the Prodigal Son by MurilloReturn of the Prodigal Son by Murillo

“Have you been saved?” – Seven Lessons Every Catholic Should Know About Justification

Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the [...]

Return of the Prodigal Son by MurilloReturn of the Prodigal Son by Murillo

A Catholic Responds – Five Common Protestant Objections to the Sacrament of Confession

In discussing the Catholic faith with non-Catholics, the doctrine concerning confessing one’s sins to a priest often arises. Indeed, in my experience, the Sacrament of Reconciliation ranks right up there with Marian Dogmas among the Church’s teachings that prompt the most questions from those inquiring about the Catholic Faith. The following objections to the doctrine are those about which I [...]