Don’t You Impose Your Morality on Me!

When teaching about virtues and the moral life, I often think of a discussion I had with a college friend. He was taking an ethics class with a professor who promoted moral relativism – the notion that there is no objective moral truth, no right or wrong. According to a relativist, all truth claims are… Continue reading Don’t You Impose Your Morality on Me!

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Question — a Vow?

“How can this be since I do not know man?” (Lk. 1:34) Mary has only one question for the angel Gabriel. And it’s a question that provides a beautiful window into Our Lady’s unique spiritual life, but one we might overlook if we don’t read the Annunciation account carefully: Mary says to the angel, “How… Continue reading Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Question — a Vow?

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Question — a Vow?

“How can this be since I do not know man?” (Lk. 1:34) Mary has only one question for the angel Gabriel. And it’s a question that provides a beautiful window into Our Lady’s unique spiritual life, but one we might overlook if we don’t read the Annunciation account carefully: Mary says to the angel, “How… Continue reading Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Question — a Vow?

But Don’t You Impose Your Morality on Me!

When teaching about virtues and the moral life, I often think of a discussion I had with a college friend. He was taking an ethics class with a professor who promoted moral relativism – the notion that there is no objective moral truth, no right or wrong. According to a relativist, all truth claims are… Continue reading But Don’t You Impose Your Morality on Me!

Whose Rights? The Paradox of Moral Relativism

Whose rights are protected in a relativistic culture? It is precisely on this point that relativistic societies face a serious dilemma: How does a community arbitrate various individuals’ competing interests? There is much rhetoric in our modern world about protecting human rights and every individual’s freedom, but what if one person or group wants to… Continue reading Whose Rights? The Paradox of Moral Relativism

New Wine, New Eve – Knowing Mary Through the Bible

Mary in the Second Luminous Mystery To run out of refreshments at a party or to not have enough hamburgers for a summer cookout might be an embarrassing moment for a modern-day host. However, to run short of wine at an ancient Jewish wedding feast would represent a social catastrophe that would severely damage a… Continue reading New Wine, New Eve – Knowing Mary Through the Bible

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Holy Hour

Making Room for Our Lady One crucial theme in John’s Gospel can shed much light on Mary’s unique role in salvation history. This theme is so foundational that it will help us see how Mary becomes the “New Eve” and the spiritual mother of all Christians. Let’s look at this fundamental motif in the fourth… Continue reading Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Holy Hour

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: An Extraordinary Mother

“And he came to her and said, ‘Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you!’” – Lk. 1:28 The angel Gabriel greeted Mary with a powerful opening line – but one that may escape the attention of many modern readers. For Catholics today, “The Lord is with you” may merely bring to mind the… Continue reading Knowing Mary Through the Bible: An Extraordinary Mother

This Advent – Pray the Hail Mary Like Never Before

Catholics sometimes come across slightly defensive, almost embarrassed, about Mary. When asked by our protestant friends why Catholics worship Mary, we may quickly reply, “We don’t worship her; we honor her.” When asked why we pray to Mary, we might respond, “We don’t pray to her; we ask her to pray for us.” Such “Apologetics… Continue reading This Advent – Pray the Hail Mary Like Never Before

Mary’s Last Words

Wedding Feast at Cana by Julius Schnorr von Carosfeld

The Spousal Meaning of Mary’s Last Words Mary’s command to the servants at Cana – “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn. 2:5) – represents her last recorded words in the Bible. And they serve as much more than an exhortation to obedience. They echo the Old Testament spousal covenant of love between Yahweh, the divine… Continue reading Mary’s Last Words