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Are you ready to meet Him today?

"The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins by Ernest Karlovich Lipgart" (detail) via Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, we will hear the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. Like Jesus’ other parables, He’s using a scenario that would be familiar to his audience. To understand this parable, it’s helpful to know something about Jewish weddings. While we don’t know a lot of specifics regarding weddings at the time of Jesus, we do know that there […]

Nurturing the Gift of Faith

"The Sower" by Jean-François Millet [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever struggled with your faith? Maybe you love God, but wonder why you don’t love Him more deeply and why that love does not seem to have a greater impact on your life. Maybe you are inspired by the lives of others you know who seem to be so much more deeply in love with Jesus, and you […]

Encountering the Word — Philippians 2:14-15

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…” (Philippians 2:14-15) Print this entry

Paul, the Pharisee, and the Alabaster Jar

Photography © by Andy Coan

Protestants say we’re justified by faith.  Some Catholics say we’re saved by good works. But what does the Bible say? The Bible—it’s neither.    And it’s both.   At the very same time. First, let’s define our terms.   When St. Paul says “works” don’t justify us (Gal. 2:16-22), he is really referring to two things.  First of all, he […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux—of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church) October 1 is the Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the […]