Pope Benedict XVI

Learning to Accept God’s Will

Man at Prayer

Not long ago a priest shared some guidance with my wife and me that has been the cause of a great deal of conversation and reflection in our home.  In response to learning that we pray every day about our oldest son’s future and that he be healed of his autism, he encouraged us to pray first for acceptance. Let […]

Daily Catholic Quote — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered. God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.” (Pope Benedict XVI) […]

Daily Quote — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“In this world of ours, in which, despite the profession of good intentions, the value of the person, of human dignity and human rights is seriously threatened by the widespread tendency to have recourse exclusively to the criteria of utility, profit and material possessions, it is important not to detach the concept of justice from its transcendent roots. Justice, indeed, […]

The Magi and Their Search

The magi have always intrigued me. Their story forms the majority of Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, and yet there remain so many questions about these mysterious figures. Where did they come from? How did they know to follow the star? What did they think when they found the Holy Family? I once attended an art history […]

God’s Sign

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

As we continue to celebrate Christmas, spend time with the baby born that night. A baby who came into this world because He loves you, personally, individually. A baby born that night in order to reconcile you with Himself. Looking at that baby in the manger, I think we have to ask ourselves: would I recognize him? Would I have […]

Daily Quote — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“Stephen’s story tells us many things: for example, that charitable social commitment must never be separated from the courageous proclamation of the faith. He was one of the seven made responsible above all for charity. But it was impossible to separate charity and faith. Thus, with charity, he proclaimed the crucified Christ, to the point of accepting even martyrdom. This […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“For Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. … It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken […]