Practical Steps to Love Jesus More Deeply

"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo

We live in difficult times as Catholics. Quite possibly it has always been this way. The culture sends messages to us that are very harmful to our spiritual life. If we have become blind to this truth, it is likely that we are pursuing success as defined by the secular world instead of pursuing the holiness God has called us […]

Heaven and Hell—What Every Catholic Must Know About The Four Last Things

Photography © by Randy Hain

In the first two installments of this series on the Four Last Things, we examined what every Catholic needs to know about death and judgment. In this third installment, we will look at what follows judgment: Heaven or Hell. Who goes where? Heaven and Hell Popular, secular opinion seems to conclude either: 1) there is no after-life or 2) everyone and […]

Judgment—What Every Catholic Must Know About The Four Last Things

Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" on the Altar Wall in the Sistine Chapel Photography by Mark Armstrong

The Four Last Things Catholic teaching identifies the Four Last Things as: Death Judgment Heaven Hell In the first installment of this series on the Four Last Things, we examined what every Catholic needs to know about death. In this second installment, we will look at the Particular and Universal Judgments, the second of the Four Last Things. The Particular and […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft

“Faith is the answer to fear. Deep down we are all afraid: of suffering, or of dying, or of God’s judgment, or of the unknown, or of weakness, or of our lives slipping out of our control, or of not being understood and loved. We sin because we fear. We bully because we are cowards. Faith casts out fear as […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“We ought, indeed, to confess all our sins to a priest, that we may receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, because whoever does not eat his flesh and drink his blood cannot enter into the kingdom of God. We must also each of us partake of this sacrament worthily, for ‘he who eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth […]

Lord, will those who are saved be few?

"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo

I once heard a comment from a friend who was preparing a homily for today’s passage from Luke’s Gospel (see Luke 13:22-30). 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, in his understanding, […]

Can you explain Purgatory to your friends?

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

Keeping it simple! On a recent Friday morning, while leading a bible study for retirees, the question of purgatory, the punishments due to sin, and salvation came up. They already possessed a good understanding of this important doctrine. But, the discussion reminded me that Purgatory remains one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church, and maybe one that is least […]