Tough Love and the Sacred Heart

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Here is this week’s article for Integrated Catholic Life. Readers of the blog will notice that it is re-worked ideas that have been posted here previously. The love of God is sweet and tender, but it is also astringent and tough. We have to be sweet and salty at the same time. We have to [Read More...]

The Mystery of Mercy

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Yesterday’s post was about the Fear of God, but today spend a few moments meditating on the Mercy of God because God’s Mercy and his justice are never separated. They are two sides to the same coin. We often tend to think of God’s justice as his punishment for sin. If we’re not careful we [Read More...]

Fear God – Why Not?

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“The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Says the Proverb. The critics of Christianity like to say, “Oh, I would rather choose to do good than be forced to do good out of the fear of hell.” That’s very nice, but what usually happens is that they don’t actually do much good because [Read More...]

Works Without Faith is Dead

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The old debate still rages in which Catholics dispute with Protestants who say that salvation is by “faith alone.” Yes, we like to pick out the verse from the epistle of James which says that “faith without works is dead.” If we’re going to talk the talk we have to walk the walk. Action speak [Read More...]

Strange Gods

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“You shall have no other Gods before me.” trumpets the Lord in the Old Testament. St Benedict puts it the other way, “Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.” Elizabeth Scalia is a daughter of St Benedict–a Benedictine oblate, writer, wife and mother. Blogging at The Anchoress she’s also one of the Patheosi–bloggers here from a [Read More...]

Meeting the Master

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When discussing the problem of the Catholic Church one of the main culprits is “poor catechesis”. The lukewarmness of the laity, the misguided political correctness, the sentimentality, and bland, suburban do-gooder mentality prevalent in the pews is all blamed on “poor catechesis.” “If only the people had been taught what the Catholic Church really teaches. Then [Read More...]


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