Be Not Afraid—Follow the Good Shepherd

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” (Psalm 23:1). Who We Are It is incredibly important that we fully know and understand who we are. We are God’s special creation. He has made each of us in His image and likeness, in freedom and love and invited us to spend all eternity sharing in His glory and blessedness […]

Be Not Afraid—Trust in the Good Shepherd

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

A Growing Concern We live in a world that is at times dark and dangerous. In a moment all can change; our earthly lives can end. Deadly violence unlooked for, unexpected, senseless and sudden can come from natural and man-made sources. That the world is filled with sin, violence and death is mankind’s choice, not God’s will. He permits our freedom […]

First Thoughts from Athens

Acropolis (closed for repairs)

Editor’s Note: ICL Contributing Writer, Deacon Steve Swope, is a Catholic Relief Services Global Fellow Educator and a member of a Catholic Relief Services delegation that traveled to Greece and Serbia to observe and minister to the needs of Syrian refugees fleeing civil war, terrorism and ISIS. His ongoing blog posts record his experiences, thoughts and the personal stories of men, women […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The water we see flowing towards that empty pit reminds us of all those lives which fell prey to those who think that destruction, tearing down, is the only way to settle conflicts. It […]

Naked Evil and the Boston Bombings

When trying to make sense of the recent bombing in Boston or the tragedies of Sandy Hook and the Aurora massacres, we are faced with mindless violence – an absurd, howling kind of insane violence. It seems like the devil himself is stalking the streets – seeking whom he may devour. An exorcist told me one of the most disturbing […]

Terrorism has long been with us

Editor’s Note: Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this Friday, September 14th. Terrorism is nothing new. It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians. Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in […]

Acting on the Lessons of 9/11

The events of September 11, 2001 reawakened most Americans — and with us, so many others in the world — to some of the fundamental realities of human existence that in day-to-day life can be marginalized or ignored: the reality of evil, of death, of heroism, and of God. The most fitting way to mark the tenth anniversary of this […]