When we read a novel, we can usually trust the author’s exposition. If the author wrote that a character is annoyed with a situation then the reader can trust that the character is annoyed. What is thought by a character are true thoughts and we can read minds through the words of the author. What…
Some of the Apostles have nicknames in the Bible. James and John are referred to as “the sons of thunder.” There was a “zealot,” a “just,” a “greater,” and a “lesser.” Poor Thomas was called “doubting.” It has stuck to him down through the ages because he missed out on a visitation from our Lord.…
Christ has risen from the dead! The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community… (CCC 638). He who embraced the simple and confounded the wise suffered for the sins of all and conquered death itself. All…
Look to the cross of Christ—behold the man.
The eyes that saw creation’s light burn bright
Darken in a visage barely human
As Sun’s pause shows homage in day as night.
The knees that bent to honor His Father
Are scarred from falls under torture’s device.
The weight of wood made heavy by man’s sin…
With each strike of the whip (flagrum), I can
imagine the accusing voice of the devil announcing
my sins which cause Your suffering. I pray for the
grace to turn from sin and avoid temptation.
From the outside, the Christian life looks strange and even foolish. We preach an ideal we are still striving for…
In rising, You restored our life. When I fear death
and doubt rises in my heart, help me be at peace
in trusting God, the author of life (Heb 2:14-15).
Our time on Earth is fleeting. All of us will die eventually. That isn’t the end, though. There will be a resumption to life by…
The law of the Lord is love. In His love for us,
God has given us our neighbors in need.
“The poor [we] will always have with [us]”
(Mark 14:7) because through service to them,
we learn to love.
Our sojourn in this world can be described as a school of learning to love. We…
Everyone is called to enter the Kingdom (CCC 543).
The Kingdom is here and now where
God’s will is done. May I live to serve now and
patiently await the everlasting joy to come.
No one is excluded from our Lord’s invitation to the Kingdom. Not the rich—who find it difficult (Luke 18:25). Not the…
Lord, You radiated heavenly glory yet spoke of Your
coming Passion. The cross is Your love revealed,
not an obstacle in Your path. Help me
sacrificially live my love for You.
In the Garden of Eden, at the beginning, Adam and Eve were innocent. They were made for communion with God. God walked…
We are blessed with free will… and cursed by it. We can choose the greatest good… or the worst evil. We can choose Heaven or Hell. God could cancel our free will and end evil in a moment. However, doing so would also be the end of love. There can be no love without free…
You became a spectacle in Your infirmity. May I be
willing to be thought a fool for the wisdom of God.
King of kings
And Lord of lords
Beaten; stripped; ridiculed; rejected
Bearing the tool of His own destruction.
Sinless yet condemned by the wicked.
Dying for those who hate
So they may learn to…
I am shaped by what I love. In loving You, Lord,
may I keep Your word and do Your will. Come
and make Your dwelling with me (John 14:23)
as I follow in Mary’s footsteps of faith.
Life is full of choices. Some we make consciously as we go through our day. Some have become…