Justification

Going to Jesus Through Mary at Cana

"The Marriage at Cana" by Gaetano Gandolfi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There have been many famous weddings in history, but I would argue that none more so than the Wedding Feast at Cana. This vignette in the life of Jesus is found in John’s Gospel and is traditionally held to record his first miracle – what John refers to as “the beginning of his signs.” We can better understand the importance […]

Making All Things New

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Perugino

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Most of us have at times felt that things were going so badly that we just wished we could start all over! A second chance! Or maybe your life is not going that well and you realize that you are just not the person you should be. I would bet that most […]

“Have you been saved?”

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

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 […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

“But God made you without you. You didn’t, after all, give any consent to God making you. How were you to consent, if you didn’t yet exist? So, while he made you without you, he doesn’t justify you without you. So, he made you without you knowing it, he justifies you with your willing consent to it.” (Saint Augustine of […]

The Lord’s Mercy Poured Out

"Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery" by Guercino (Public Domain)

“…forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.” (St. Paul) Have you ever hidden some embarrassing secret about yourself, great or small, that you hoped would never revealed? The fear and anxiety of being discovered are emotions that sometimes weigh very heavily […]

Do you wish you could start all over?

Baptism of Christ by Perugino

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Have you ever felt that something you were doing was going so badly that you just wished you could start all over? Or maybe your life is not going that well and you realize that you are just not the person you should be. I would bet that most of us have […]