Fr. Henri Nouwen wrote Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World with the intention to inspire secular people to not forsake their spiritual lives. My work as a hospital chaplain often entails offering pastoral care to people in crises who do not associate with any religious denomination. Some of the unifying spiritual … More Brokenness in The Beloved
Both Bishop Paprocki and Cardinal Pell have made national news this past week. Cardinal Pell is accused of molesting several boys for decades in Australia that ended with his transfer to the Vatican to manage money. Bishop Paprocki is in the news for his decision to enforce a ban on offering Holy Communion and funerals to active homosexuals. This … More Bishop Paprocki and Cardinal Pell
The faith professed by the Catholic Church claims that it is God’s will for all people to be given the gift of eternal life with God in heaven. Loss of heaven and eternal damnation to hell is a result of repeatedly rejecting the gift of God’s grace. God allows every person to have freewill over … More Is Eternal Damnation For Real?
The beatific vision is a gift of grace given by God where He reveals Himself through intuitive knowledge of His divine essence (Catholic Dictionary). Blessedness is associated with having the beatific vision. Blessedness is planted in the hearts of all human persons. “It is wonderful, however, since the will to obtain and retain blessedness is … More Who are the Blessed?
According to St. Augustine, the inner man is differentiated from the outer man by his ability to reason. The ability to reason makes a human person different than animals. This abstract knowledge from the fourth century presented by St. Augustine is now backed up by science. According to the neuroscientist, Paul MacLean in his book … More What does the Reptilian Brain have to do with the Holy Trinity?
There are various churches and theologians today who want to rebuild the Christian Church by starting with the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth (i.e. Elizabeth Johnson at Fordham University). Such efforts are in vain. The Holy Trinity is really the key foundational mystery of the Christian Church. To start with the person of Jesus of … More Why “Jesus of Nazareth” is Wrong
Human beings are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, the mind of the human person is considered to be good. “And because the mind is regarded as praiseworthy, not only as being learned, but also as being good, one gives heed not only to what he remembers and what he understands, but … More Real Love