Pope Francis: Without Fraternity, Efforts for a More Just World Fall Short

via the Vatican: What is the universal message of Christmas? It is that God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters. This truth is the basis of the Christian vision of humanity. Without the fraternity that Jesus Christ has bestowed on us, our efforts for a more just world fall short,… Read More Pope Francis: Without Fraternity, Efforts for a More Just World Fall Short

Infinite Mercy, Even After Death?

Our popular Catholic imagination tends to obsess with what happens after we die. The mystery of transcending our earthly human limitations fascinates us. Heaven—or as Jesus calls it, God’s kingdom—is the perfect world God intended for us. We lost that world when our first parents sinned. Since then, and even despite Jesus’ merciful act of gaining back… Read More Infinite Mercy, Even After Death?

Pope Francis: Choose Love and Justice, Not Legalism

One of the great temptations for any organized religion is legalism, in which the particular rules delineated by the religion and their strict enforcement become the focus of the faith, while the animating principles and mission of the faith lose their preeminence. This is particularly true of the Catholic Church, which has central authority, Canon… Read More Pope Francis: Choose Love and Justice, Not Legalism

Quote of the Day

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo: “Today, the Church has riches, institutions. But I would like to think that the only way the Church can redeem these resources as well as its institutions would be to place them at the service of justice and of the poor for the sake of the kingdom of God.”

Benedict the Meek: How A Quiet Man’s Pontificate Has Shaped the Millennial Generation

As we come to the final hours of the papacy of Benedict XVI, his reign has been analyzed from every possible vista: as a spiritual leader, as a theologian, as a writer, as a politician, as a manager and on and on. But it seems to me that there has been a voice missing in… Read More Benedict the Meek: How A Quiet Man’s Pontificate Has Shaped the Millennial Generation