We all face extraordinary circumstances from time to time. We have been advised to handle these times by seeking God in prayer and fasting, to be especially attentive to his words, and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we are receptive to his will, God will provide for our needs and see us though anything. … Continue reading Here are the Seven Most Powerful Prayers of the Catholic Church
The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us – The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (328). Charged by God to supply us aid, our guardian angels are eager to help us as… Continue reading Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Archangels and Powerful Spiritual Allies Sent by Love and for Love
On Ash Wednesday 2004, I was one of many Christians who stood in line for the opening of Mel Gibson’s cinematic passion play, The Passion of the Christ. If I remember correctly, it was a warm, sunny day, and the line was quite long. My friends and I attracted a few stares because we were… Continue reading The Ripping of the Veil
“Well done, good and faithful servant,” says the master in Jesus’ parable, who had traveled far away, leaving his men to engage in the risks of life. “Now enter into the joy of your master.” Those are the words the good Christian longs to hear. They are words that bespeak both a relationship of persons… Continue reading Joy Delights in the Beloved
Full Question In the February 1994 “Quick Questions” column you stated that when a person commits mortal sin he implicitly rejects God and the entire life of holiness he had led up to that point, including the reward he would have gotten for his good deeds. When he repents and comes back to God through… Continue reading If a person repents of a mortal sin and receives absolution, does that mean he has to start all over on the path to salvation?
Full Question Why does the Roman Catholic Church teach the doctrine of “works righteousness,” that through good works one can earn salvation? Answer The Catholic Church has never taught such a doctrine and, in fact, has constantly condemned the notion that men can earn or merit salvation. Catholic soteriology (salvation theology) is rooted in apostolic… Continue reading Why does the Church teach that works can obtain salvation?
The road to salvation may be pitted with failures, but God uses them and overturns them to manifest his love for his people, said Pope Francis. Reflecting on the parable of the wicked tenants in the Gospel of Mark during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae June 1, the pope said the parable… Continue reading Failures are par for the course toward salvation, says Pope Francis