July 18, 2024

There is a great deal of confusion concerning the categories of sex and gender in the world today. In part, this is because gender has often been treated as the absolutization or essentialization of someone’s assigned sex at birth. Christians, if they look to Scripture and subsequent Christian tradition, should at least question such essentialization. There are indications in both which suggest that in the  eschaton, in the kingdom of God, humanity will transcend all temporal sexual and gender designations.... Read more

July 16, 2024

When J.D. Vance was announced as the Vice Presidential Candidate for Trump, I was not surprised. For weeks, it looked like he was going to be Trump’s choice. He was doing all he could do to show Trump that he would follow Trump’s lead, doing whatever Trump wanted him to do (unlike Mike Pence, who, for all that he did wrong, at least certified the 2020 election results). Vance went from being a Never-Trumper to being one of Trump’s most... Read more

July 15, 2024

Lately, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been very disappointing in its actions, especially in regards the ways its leadership has worked to undermines its programs for the poor, peace, and social justice. Yes, there is more to the faith than being a charitable organization, but faith without works is dead. Scripture not only calls us to be concerned for the poor, for those who are suffering at the hands of structures of sin in society, but... Read more

July 14, 2024

While “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever” (Heb. 13:8 RSV), our understanding and relationship with Jesus is in constant flux. That is because we are temporal beings who are constantly changing, and as we change, we will find our ways of engaging Jesus, and what we learn from that engagement, changes. Hopefully, we will find ourselves attaining greater and greater insight into who he is. This often means we will have to take what we... Read more

July 12, 2024

Christian Scripture offers us a glimpse of what is to be in the eschaton, sometimes in ways which appear to be contradictory, which is why there are various, often contradictory, interpretations and beliefs concerning it. Some Christians believe that Scripture indicates that those who are not “saved” will be annihilated (a view, to be sure, repudiated by most Christian traditions). Most Christians believe that everyone will be brought back to life in a general resurrection from the dead, whereupon everyone... Read more

July 10, 2024

In the introduction to the book I am currently reading, Prayer of the Heart, the author, Fr. George Maloney, a writer I greatly respect for his knowledge and wisdom, wrote something which I found to be greatly mistaken: Only a human person, of all God’s material creatures, has the ability to stand on the mountaintop of his or her consciousness and ask the why and where of human existence. Why have I been created? Where is my life going? Where... Read more

July 9, 2024

Sometimes, we are our own worst enemies. We let our worst thoughts get the best of us. We find ourselves becoming stuck in a bad headspace, and when that happens, we don’t know what to do to get out of it. This is especially true with those who are actively striving for perfection in their lives. They think all they should be doing is wrestling with all their temptations, and the thoughts which generate them, but in doing so, they... Read more

July 7, 2024

Christianity is meant to be the religion of love, a religion whose adherents follow the way set by Christ in his ministry, a way which includes helping those in need. Paul, therefore, tells us that those who are “strong” are to take care of the “weak,” instead of merely focusing on their own wants and desires at the expense of others: We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves;  let... Read more

July 5, 2024

John tells us that God is love, “Ὁ θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν” (1 Jn. 4:16). The love known as ἀγάπη (agape) or caritas in Latin is translated into English as love or charity; the original word suggests both at once, not just one or the other, so when we read translations from Scripture or various patristic and medieval sources which talk about love or charity, we should keep this connotation in mind. Agape love is a love which has us treat... Read more

July 4, 2024

I’m an avid reader. I love to read (but, like most things, how great that love is waxes and wanes, as sometimes I read something which completely enchants me and I can’t wait to read more, and at other times, I find what I am reading not so exciting, making it difficult to reading, that is, when I think there is a good reason to do so). I try to read at least an hour every day. I consider doing... Read more

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