In the face of a political and personal future that often seems uncertain or unpleasant, it's easy to lose heart and to despair of God's presence in our lives. Fortunately, Scripture presents a radically different message. Here's what Judith, Simeon and Anna have to show us about aligning our lives to God's timetable, instead of trusting in secular salvation.
Fr. Matt Nagle on the power and the scandal of the Cross. It's a powerful homily that it's my pleasure to share.
Why do we trust the Bible? And more specifically, why do we trust the Catholic Bible?
Frequently, morality is spoken of as something akin to the offside rule in soccer: an arbitrary rule imposed by a higher authority that keeps up from getting to do what would make us happy. But this gets morality wrong in every way.
Just as the Bible presents Abraham as our father in faith for his radical willingness to trust God, we're also given a mother in faith: the Virgin Mary. Listen to what Scripture says about her role in following God from the Annunciation to Calvary and into glory.
Why is Abraham our father in faith? Because of his primacy and because of his intensity - an intensity we see most clearly in the shocking account of the Sacrifice of Isaac.
In much of the West, the lights of the Christian faith seem to be dimming, and the world seems to be growing ever colder towards the Gospel. We should take heart in the fact that this isn't the first time we've seen things go south, and we should take counsel in seeing how the Saints succeeded in the re-evangelization of fallen away places like England. Father Matthew Fish of the Archdiocese of Washington explores this in light of yesterday's Feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury.
Did Jesus believe in God? The answer might surprise you. Here's the Biblical case *against* Jesus Christ having faith.
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Do you know what’s a good analogy for the Trinity? Nothing. God is so far beyond our ability to comprehend Him, much less to express His inner nature in human speech, that all of our attempts to do so fall miserably short. Worse, it's easy to fall into heresy and idolatry. But these are no excuses for ignoring the life-changing reality of the Holy Trinity.
Can the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary be established using Scripture alone, without appealing to Catholic Tradition, the writings of the Church Fathers, or later Church statements?