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Loving Him More

“The measure of our prayer life is not the feeling we have when we pray, but the way we live our lives.” My pastor used to lead our youth group in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, having us repeat after him: “Jesus, I love you. Help me to love you more.” Help me to love you more. It’s […]

Encountering the Word – Ephesians 2:8-10

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live […]

Paul, the Pharisee, and the Alabaster Jar

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Protestants say we’re justified by faith.  Some Catholics say we’re saved by good works. But what does the Bible say? The Bible—it’s neither.    And it’s both.   At the very same time. First, let’s define our terms.   When St. Paul says “works” don’t justify us (Gal. 2:16-22), he is really referring to two things.  First of all, he […]

Encountering the Word – Ephesians 2:8-10

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Gregory the Great

"St. Gregory" (detail) by Matthias Stom

“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.”  (Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church) September 3 is the Memorial of Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church (A.D. 540 – 604). Print this entry

Encountering the Word – James 2:19-20

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You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? (James 2:19-20) We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. Thank you! – The Editors Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

“Our Lord’s words teach us that though we labor among the many distractions of this world, we should have but one goal. For we are but travellers on a journey without as yet a fixed abode; we are on our way, not yet in our native land; we are in a state of longing, not yet of enjoyment. But let […]

Encountering the Word — James 2:14-17

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“What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does […]

Encountering the Word – Jeremiah 33:14-15

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“The days are coming — oracle of the LORD — when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days, at that time, I will make a just shoot spring up for David; he shall do what is right and just in the land.” (Jeremiah 33:14-15) If you liked […]

Encountering the Word – Ephesians 2:8-10

Photography © by Andy Coan

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10) If you […]