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Life is a Journey We are on a journey. Our life, we know, is not meant to be static. It is rather an ever-deepening growth in union with the God who created us. He deliberately left an emptiness within us, a chasm, a desire. That longing is an invitation to set out and begin to seek God, to develop a relationship with him, which grows and develops in stages. If you look at books on the interior life, you will notice that they are riddled, if not titled, with words such as navigating, journey, passages, heights, depths, valleys, nights ... Read more
Desde que me hice católico en el 2004, me he encontrado con muchos, muchos católicos que no comprenden a la gracia, la salvación, o cómo se les concede el acceso al cielo. Muchos han revelado que viven con el miedo de ir al infierno debido a algún pecado desconocido no confesado o que su comprensión de cómo son salvados se basa exclusivamente en sus obras. Estos católicos no comprenden como la fe y las obras se relacionan con la salvación. En breve, no comprenden la fuente de su salvación. El Dr. Peter Kreeft explica el problema en su libro, Catholics... Read more
Since becoming Catholic in 2004, I have encountered many, many Catholics who do not understand grace, salvation, or how they are granted access to heaven. Many have revealed they live in fear of going to hell because of some unknown, unconfessed sin or that their understanding of how they are saved is solely based on their works. These Catholics do not understand how faith and works relate to salvation. In short, they do not understand the source of their salvation. Dr. Peter Kreeft explains the problem in his book, Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? [1]... Read more
Introducción A lo largo de las últimas décadas, los teólogos que se enfocan en reflexionar sobre la evangelización en general, y sobre el momento de la catequesis, dentro de ella, en particular, han reflexionado y atendido considerablemente al tema del kerigma, y muy acertadamente. El kerigma puede ser entendido adecuadamente como la síntesis del Evangelio, y, como tal, siempre merece un estudio más atento, especialmente así en un tiempo en donde el catolicismo está menguando en muchas partes. En esta serie de tres partes, yo explico qué es el kerigma y por qué es importante. En la primera edición, he... Read more
Introduction Over the last several decades, theologians who focus on evangelization in general, and the moment of catechesis within it in particular, have given considerable thought and attention to the topic of the kerygma, and rightly so. The kerygma can be aptly understood to be the summary of the Gospel; and, as such, it is always deserving of closer study, especially so in an age when Catholicism is waning in many places. In this three-part series, I’m explaining what the kerygma is and why it’s important. In the first installment, I provided a basic overview of the kerygma, identifying seven... Read more
Hay pocas cosas más probables de ganarle a uno la etiqueta de “intolerante” que proponer públicamente la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre la homosexualidad y el transexualismo. Entiendo al término “intolerante” como la persona que sostiene una postura, pero que no tiene razones fundadas para ella y es, además, mezquina. Aquí, quiero mostrar que la posición católica sobre la homosexualidad y el transexualismo no es mezquina porque existen razones buenas y sólidas en su apoyo y, con igual importancia, es una postura delicada, aunque firme. También incluyo aquí lo que enseña la Iglesia sobre la fornicación, a la luz de... Read more
There are few things more likely to earn one the label of “bigot” than publicly to propose the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality and transgenderism. I take a “bigot” to be someone who tenaciously holds a position but has no sound reasons for his stance and is, additionally, mean-spirited. Here, I want to show that the Catholic position on homosexuality and transgenderism is not bigoted because there are good and solid reasons for it and, equally important, it is a gentle, if firm position. I will also include here what the Church teaches on fornication, in light of the burgeoning... Read more
To view Death and the Miser online click here . The artist Hieronymus Bosch is a mystery of Art History. His role in the Northern Renaissance has made him a curiosity who has been admired, copied, and perhaps disdained as a madman. His paintings are fantastical always and religious usually, but religious in a unique, sometimes troubling and psychologically dark manner. He left no written documents or letters that might explain his ideas about painting, but he is mentioned in the archives of the Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady, a Netherlandish religious confraternity. His father was an artist, as... Read more
Fortitude is a virtue that is admired by even the non-religious. Even people who think temperance is for the overly pious, consider meekness a weakness, and scoff at humility believe that fortitude is a laudable attribute. For thousands of years, cultures have honored the courageous, recognizing the hero that finds the balanced mean between fear and impetuousness. As C. S. Lewis notes in The Screwtape Letters , people are “proud of most vices, but not of cowardice.” The Catechism tells us, “Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It... Read more