Image: Jan van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb From Fasting to Feasting

It’s Friday. A day that throughout most of the year is focused on penance and remembrance of the cross of Christ. But Easter Friday is Easter so we rejoice in the resurrection of Christ, one expression of which is that we can eat meat! (See Canon 1251) The seasons of fasting in the Church help us to focus intently on penance. Now Easter is here, and... [Read more...]

illustration-to-book-of-job-2.jpg!Large Suspect the Good

It’s nearly impossible to have a civil conversation nowadays with someone who disagrees with you. For example, take Sally, who is pro-choice, and her friend Alice, who is pro-life. Sally and Alice had never talked about this issue before, but now that they have, they suddenly find themselves at odds. Does this have to spell an end to their friendship?... [Read more...]

Ceiling in the Servite mother church (CC BY 2.5 by Wikimedia user) Martha or Mary?

To pray or do good? This seems to be the dilemma of anyone trying to live a Christian life. On the one hand St. Thomas Aquinas says that “the contemplative life is more excellent than the active,” but on the other hand St. James says that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” This dichotomy is traditionally expressed in terms of Martha... [Read more...]

Jean Fouquet, The Crucifixion Jesus Christ, King of Thieves

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay. The O Antiphon today is a cry for the return of the King. It is the coming of this King... [Read more...]

Straightening Out the Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We’ve all heard the Golden Rule a thousand times. We’ve all told people to remember the Golden Rule another thousand times. It seems, though, that nine times out of ten, when someone tells you to remember the Golden Rule, what they’re really saying is “Don’t do unto others what you... [Read more...]

Matthias Grünewald, The Crucifixion Godly Speech

It was said of our Holy Father Dominic that he always spoke either with God or about God. Likewise, Blessed Jordan of Saxony tells us that “he dedicated the day to his neighbor, but gave the night to God.” Now, there are two big questions here: “What did he talk to God about?” and “How did he talk to people about God?” There isn’t space... [Read more...]