Moral Doctrine

Daily Reflection — Made for a Purpose

“O God, who have taught us to chasten our bodies for the healing of our souls, enable us, we pray, to abstain from all sins, and to strengthen our hearts to carry out your loving commands…” (Collect, Monday of the Second Week of Lent). We are not accidents of nature, we are made deliberately and designed for a purpose. One of the first […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — Conformed to God’s Will

“Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, a spirit of always pondering on what is right and of hastening to carry it out…” (Collect, Thursday of the First Week of Lent). We are not accidents of nature, we are made deliberately and designed for a purpose. One of the first truths we are taught as children is that God made […]

St. Augustine On the Beatitudes

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

In 393, Saint Augustine wrote his Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. In this edifying treatise, he begins with the weighty proclamation that “anyone who piously and earnestly ponders the Sermon on the Mount — as we read in the Gospel according to Mathew — I believe he will find therein… the perfect standard of the Christian Life.” And […]

Six Important Things Catholics Must do this Political Season

Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol

Catholics and the Healthcare Debate It is now three days since the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional (with the exception of the Act’s threat to withhold federal funding of State Medicaid programs) by a 5-4 margin. Everywhere I go and no matter who I encounter, this topic is on the minds of everyone. And nearly all […]