Why is it so hard to be happy? Despite the great wealth and relative freedom that many in the Western world enjoy, happiness is elusive. Watch any channel on t.v. and one is bombarded with all kinds of discontent; advertising that seeks to bring attention to unmet “needs”, people searching and competing for fame and [...]
Monsignor Charles Pope offers some thoughts about the appearance of Jesus Christ.
Ray Downing created this image; please visit his website for more information and to get prints of this wonderful image. The Purposeful Incarnation of Jesus Christ As part of God’s plan of sheer goodness, the Father sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Savior (CCC 1). In the Incarnation (meaning, the ‘act [...]
One of the most significant fault lines in Western culture opened up in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when what we now know as the “modern” world separated itself from the classical and medieval world. The thinking of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Newton, Jefferson, and many others represented a sea change in the way [...]
In the Gospel from the Mass (John 16:12-15) Jesus reaffirms that He is sending the Holy Spirit to help us:  ”I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on [...]
Read about Ray Downing’s remarkable work on creating the image of the Man on the Shroud of Turin; is this a “photo” of Jesus Christ?
In the Gospel (John 15:26-16:4), Jesus accurately predicts the persecution of Christians:  But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me;  and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me [...]
Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Revolution, sowing discord and divide in Christendom. Luther’s wounds to the Body of Christ continue to fester today, separating millions from the full union with the Body of Christ in the Eucharist. At the core of Luther’s error, was the belief that deeds have no impact on the destiny of [...]
A Pakistani mob of muslims persecute Christians in 2013. The Gospel from today’s Mass (John 15:18-21) recount Jesus’ prophesy that faithful Christians would persecuted:  ”If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you  If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are [...]
Robert Royal parses President Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood: unprecedented and unbelievable. How long before elites consider Catholics equivalent to the KKK.
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replies, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What [...]