Baptism Baptized Beyond Nature

Some think that to be a Muslim, it is sufficient simply to be born, or to be born to a Muslim father. Likewise, some think that to be a Jew, it is sufficient to be born to a Jewish mother. But to be a Christian, it is not sufficient simply to be born, or to have one or even two Christian parents. One must be born again, and from above. Thus, baptism... [Read more...]

Highway to Heaven

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. Let it be so for now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) In the beginning of the Old Testament, God’s first recorded words are “let there be. . .” The whole cosmos leaps into creation, delighting... [Read more...]

The Birth of the Baptist

Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. John the Baptist is part of an elite company (with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary) whom the Church honors the births of in Her liturgical calendar. Typically, a feast day commemorates the entire life, work, and death of a saint (the Church celebrates the death of John... [Read more...]

Praying and Living the Easter Octave

Pope Benedict XVI describes the Resurrection of Jesus as an “evolutionary leap” in which a new dimension of human existence emerges.  This new dimension “affects all of us and opens up for us a new space of life, a new space of being in union with God.”  That means we’re all capable of undergoing this evolutionary leap. How’s that possible?... [Read more...]

The Four Loves

In the last chapter of the last gospel (Jn 21), there is something strange going on. It is the scene where Jesus asks Peter three times “Do you love me,” to repair the three times he betrayed him. What is lesser known is that they’re using two different words for “love.” Jesus asks Peter if he has agape for him, and Peter says he has philia... [Read more...]

christian-martyrs-in-the-colosseum Modern Martyrs

Pope Francis has explicitly mentioned the plight of modern Christian martyrs no fewer than four times in his homilies and public statements since Palm Sunday. The only reference that has really made the headlines was his Divine Mercy Sunday pronouncement describing the 1915 slaughter of Armenians with the politically-charged term “genocide.” However,... [Read more...]