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Kindness is Loving, But it’s Just Too

Charity – or love – is not something that is essentially different from justice, even if we think of them that way.  Yes, there are times when it may seem we are being charitable instead of being just, but most often what is actually happening is that charity is going beyond what justice demands. When Jesus tells us to lend to those in need...

04 14 2021

Joy is More Than it Seems

by Craig Taffaro Sacred Scripture and the lives and writings of the Saints agree: as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, joy should not be an occasional state of being. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice”, St. Paul writes to the Philippians (Phil 4:4, RSV). St. Theophane Venard (quoted in the Fraternus book for ...

04 08 2021

Celibacy: What Good Is It?

Ever wonder why all the superheroes—Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman—are never married? If Spiderman had a wife and children at home, he would have to think twice before placing himself in such danger for the sake of others. Celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom is not just about an economy of time and energy, but it is literally about...

04 06 2021

Mental Suffering is Real Suffering

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine.   Aaron Kheriaty, MD, a Catholic psychologist, explains the reality of depression and psychological suffering.   Jesus Christ’s ministry is a ministry of healing. Yes, He healed the physical ailments of many while on earth, and has done so through His Body,...

04 02 2021

Jesus Defeated Death, He Didn’t Remove Suffering

One of the cruelest banalities of soft (and false) Christianity is the idea that God alleviates the suffering of the righteous.  In America especially there’s a sense that the lessening of suffering is a sign of your election, of God’s love for you (Calvinism is hard to shake from our imagination).  If you’re not relieved from sufferi...

03 24 2021

Of Statues, Adoration, and Real Things

When I was considering converting to the Catholic Church, I had a hard time getting over the statues.  Yes, the saints slapped on coffee mugs and pumper stickers struck me as at least cheesy, but what was with the Catholics and these statues that they kissed, knelt to, prayed toward, and even dressed for different events?  From my vantage point...

03 18 2021

A Fatherly Priest Does Not Withhold the Food of Truth

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine. by Fr. Jim Booth When I consider that a priest is to be the image of Jesus Himself, it ought to be impossible to escape the gravity of this daunting reality. Actually being, not simply acting, Christ-like is not easy and it is not for the faint of heart. After all, He suffer...

03 11 2021

The 10th Commandment: Vague Placeholder or Key to Happiness?

Have you ever thought that the ten commandments kind of start strong and peter out?  It’s like listening to a sermon that starts strong (“You shall have no gods before Me!”), gets appropriately practical (“Honor your parents”), but then gets so broad that it sounds like a platitude.  I’m speaking of that last commandment, “y...

03 08 2021

Hate is Not the Opposite of Love – Love Produces Hate

One of the great errors of today’s sloganeering society is the demand we choose love or hate. Hate is when you don’t accept a person as they are, or something. Love is when you let the person be who they are, or something. But love and hate are – to borrow another vogue word – binaries. They’re two sides of the same coin. Hate is a by-...

10 12 2020

Joseph and Jesus the Builders

Joseph was a royal figure, descended from David, and, therefore, able to make the claim to be the Messiah: the Lord’s anointed king. David had said that he wanted to build a temple or house for the Lord, but the Lord replied: “You shall not build me a house to dwell in. . . . Moreover I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house. ...

10 09 2020

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