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Many Catholics are intimidated by an "Examination of Conscience". But nothing we confess will shock Jesus since he's already perfectly aware of what makes us tick. Rather, Jesus wants us to know what is there in our souls so he…
Pontius Pilate asked the basic question for all humanity when he asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” The irony of the scene is powerful and poignant because the Eternal Truth stood before him incarnate as a human person. In John 14…
"And he came to her and said, ‘Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you!’" —Luke 1:28 The angel Gabriel greeted Mary with a powerful opening line— but one that may escape the attention of many modern readers. For…
When Gladys Staines was told that her husband Graham and two small sons, Philip and Timothy had been burnt alive, she forgave their murderers. People were stunned by her ability…
I did a video some years ago, called "Death, a Fact of Life". The opening shots were intended to grab attention. The first shot was a birth scene, where the baby was seen being born, and the cord was cut.…
One hot evening in the summer of 2002, in a severe outburst of drunken rage, I smashed up my house, beat up my wife, roused up half the neighborhood and created assorted havoc before the cops finally came and took…
It seems, said my friend, that the Church contradicts itself. On the one hand, Catholic teaching declares revelation complete with the close of the apostolic era. Yet consider the canonization of, say, Joan of Arc. It appears a Catholic must…
In this chapter I would like to share with you some thoughts on a personal encounter, and experience of Jesus, as my personal Saviour. The gospels are in between two phrases: at the beginning "Come and see"; and at the…
In 1996, the late Pope John Paul II said it's okay to think God may have used evolution to create the body of the first humans. In other words, he said Catholics may, if they like, believe God formed Adam…
I love to be free. I do not like to be controlled or forced to do something unless I freely accept it as God's will for me. God has set me free from the law and poured the Spirit into…
Whenever we speak about Mary in the Scriptural sense, the first person who probably comes to mind is the mother of Jesus. While that is not surprising there are a few other Mary’s in the Bible, one of whom is…
Creation is, in a certain sense, one gigantic sacramental created by God, at least in part, in order to communicate his love to us. In her beauty, we see something of the beauty of her Creator; in her vastness, something…
Of course, a very important part of this life is believing and acting as necessary to attain heavenly salvation. For what good does it do to attain success and happiness in this world, if we are eternally lost? Our temporal…
Leo Tolstoy once wrote a story about a successful peasant farmer who was not satisfied with his lot. He wanted more of everything. One day he received a novel offer. For 1000 rubles, he could buy all the land he…
A man eating lunch at a restaurant notices an attractive woman at another table, and is immediately drawn to her beauty. His heart stirs, and he finds himself wanting to see her again. Yet, this is not the first time…
God's plan of creation began in perfect harmony, and he saw that everything he created was good. As far as God is concerned that plan is still on offer, and what he creates and ordains continues to be good. The…
Jesus began his public ministry with his baptism in the Jordon, when he was anointed by the Holy Spirit for his mission of redemption. He is the son who is also the suffering servant prophesied by Isaiah centuries before that.…
Winter is often regarded as drab dreary and dull when Nature seems to be so very dormant. While that may be true, winter has a beauty of its own. It reveals reality as it is without thefrills and fancies and…
"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to…
It was in the year of King Uzziah's death (a great and good king, but who unfortunately was punished by God with leprosy for offhandedly not respecting the holiness of the temple worship), that the prophet Isaiah, who was close…
A very practical way of sustaining a healthy, intimate relationship in marriage is be protective of your marriage and family. Give your spouse priority over all other people and let…
A lot of people think that mothers and fathers can walk out on their families and marry someone else and that only children will perceive it as monstrous. One of the Gospel passages often musunderstood is Matthew 18:3 "...unless you…
People often think, "Oh! Become like Jesus? Too difficult!" Many find it an unattractive or undesirable proposition, because they remember that Jesus had to suffer so much and to carry the Cross. But Jesus was still the happiest man on…
The Woman - Mother and Teacher When God presented Adam with the 'woman', flesh of his flesh, i.e. bonded to him in every way, and even when that same woman, instead of being, what God wanted her to be, a…
At first glance, one might conclude that Mary is not an important figure in the Gospel of John. After all, she only appears in two scenes (at Cana and the Cross) and she only speaks twice in the entire Gospel…
I got a long-running e-mail discussion going in one of those wonderfully odd ways God has of putting things together. I’d been friends at Bob Jones University with this guy…
Somebody you know drops by to your place for a visit and then proceeds to badmouth Mr. X or Ms. Y—after, of course, obtaining your affirmation that she is not gossiping but merely "sharing." This is what you do: Decide…
In our first reflection on Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, we considered the “personalist principle,” which says that we should not treat other persons merely as a means to an end. In particular, we saw how utilitarianism weakens…
The Church teaches that a sound Biblical Interpretation rests on three main principles: That Scripture is indeed God's word, expressed in limited human words. Hence, we must try to discover the intention of the human author by paying attention to…
Thousands must have seen it at the stadium where the match was played. Millions like me must have watched it on television that evening. The match continued and then followed an investigation into the biting incident. FIFA, the world body…
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