September 14, 2019

With the revelation of God given to us at the cross, we are shown how God works for us in ways which goes beyond our expectations. His economic activity with us, and the whole world, overcomes the self-made glory of those who think themselves greater than all by lifting up and promoting the cause of those who have been humiliated and destroyed by the power of sin. God, as the God of the oppressed, not only joins himself in solidarity… Read more

September 12, 2019

After the destruction of the Temple, and the expulsion of the Jews from Israel, we see the ascendency of Rabbinic Judaism and of Christianity, both of which could be seen as offering interpretative reactions to what they believed to be major apocalyptic events in world history. Both Jews and Christians recognized the Torah and the prophets (the Tanakh) as the authority which were to be accorded to them, and yet, the way each side interpreted the Mosaic Covenant and the… Read more

September 10, 2019

Among the many dire predictions concerning the effects of climate change is that the changes in the environment will hinder the production of food and other necessities, leading to violence around the globe. That is, those who are poor and deprived will more likely seek new places to live, seek places where they can find food and shelter, but those who still possess some quantity of each will look down upon and with much cruelty turn back those who are… Read more

September 9, 2019

The greatness of God transcends the human imagination. While God reveals himself to us, especially through the incarnation of the Logos, what we receive and understand of God’s self-revelation is far less than what God is in himself, for God is incomprehensible to us. We understand him in a humanistic way with all the limitations of such understanding implied. Thanks to the incarnation, thanks to God becoming human, consubstantial with the rest of humanity, there certainly is a special connection… Read more

September 8, 2019

While the value of authentic religious sentiments raises people up so that they are caring people who better others as they better themselves, others like to appear good and holy because of the power and authority they think they gain from such appearances. Many of them become religious zealots, not because they truly believe, but for what they think they can gain; such people try to impose upon God their own expectations, revealing a blasphemous intent to control God instead… Read more

September 6, 2019

The abyss that is my soul invokes unceasingly The abyss that is my God. Which may the deeper be?[1] We cry out day and night, suffering with poverty of spirit. Where is God? Why do we feel so empty? But is that the foundation of blessedness, to be poor in spirit? “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3 RSV). It’s because we try to possess God, to hold onto him, that he… Read more

September 4, 2019

Catholics need to be careful. Many so-called Catholic news and media sites are waging an all-out war against Pope Francis, in through him, with Catholic teaching as a whole. Some within the hierarchy are in on it.  They often engage tactics which are not associated with journalists, but with propagandists. Although what Pope Francis teaches is in accord with the over-arching Catholic theological tradition, and can be shown to be closely connected with the teachings of his immediate predecessors, he… Read more

September 3, 2019

One of the greatest, indeed, perhaps the greatest religious figure in the pre-Christian era, was Moses.[1] It is true, Jesus said no one born of a woman was greater than St. John the Baptist, but what he said had to deal with personal holiness.[2] St. John was not sent into the world to be a great religious figure, establishing particular religious rites and practices, but rather, as to be the prophet who pointed the way to Jesus, the messiah, the… Read more

September 2, 2019

God, the source and foundation of everything and everyone, sustains everyone and everything as well. He provides for and establishes the good of all things. He is, indeed, their final good. When they turn away from him, when they close themselves from him and come to their own apart from him, they lose out of the blessings which is needed to sustain their happiness. This is why the happy life is found in union with God. This is because in… Read more

August 29, 2019

When St. John the Baptist was fulfilling his ministry, calling the people of Israel to repentance, his popularity led many of the Pharisees and Sadducees, looking out for themselves, to seek John and be baptized by him for the sake of appearances. John knew what they were doing, and he spoke out: “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the… Read more

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