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Understanding Respect for All Life

Respect for All Life

Saint Pope John Paul II defines respect for all life with a twist, by first defining what it means to disrespect all life in his encyclical, Veritatis Splendor, where he states:

 “Whatever is hostile to life itself, such as any kind of homicide, genocide, abortion, euthanasia, and voluntary suicide; whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, physical and mental torture and attempts to coerce the spirit; whatever is offensive to human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution,  and trafficking in women and children; degrading conditions of work which treat laborers as mere instruments of profit, and not as free persons; all these and the like are Continue reading

Understanding God and His Workings


Understanding God is both a gift from the Holy Spirit and a virtue. Pope Francis teaches that:

“It is a grace only the Holy Spirit may infuse and which awakens in the Christian the capacity to go beyond external appearances and to scrutinize the depths of God’s thoughts and His plan of salvation…This gift enables us to comprehend things as God does, with God’s understanding…It is a gift intimately linked to faith. When the Holy Spirit abides in our heart and enlightens our mind, it allows us to grow, day after day, in our understanding of what the Lord has said and done.”1

We have the capacity for understanding God and His workings (gift) as well as Continue reading

Obtain Knowledge of God

Jesus Teaching

Where do we start when seeking to obtain knowledge of God? Where can we go to seek Truth about God? There are many different ways to obtain knowledge of God that will result in a wonderful two-way relationship with our Lord. Once we have embraced the desire for the knowledge of God, it’s time to get to work! As I said in my last post, we can obtain knowledge of God by reading the bible, attending services, reading Church documents, and speaking with our family, friends and neighbors. These are some of the more important ways to obtain knowledge of God that we will focus on today. To further your quest to obtain knowledge of God, may I suggest that Continue reading

Embrace Knowledge of God


We embrace knowledge, because we are innately drawn to the good – that being God, for God and all that He created is good. Throughout our entire earthly journey we seek to know truth, and God is Truth. If we want what is good and true, then we want God. We want to know Him. There are many different ways to obtain knowledge and we’ll cover that in our next post. For today though, it is the desire to know God better that brings us closer to Truth; something we all seek. For it is in Truth that we find answers to our questions, and we are a curious people. So why should you embrace knowledge where you  Continue reading

Knowledge – Both Gift and Virtue

Knowledge of God

Knowledge is both a gift from the Holy Spirit and a virtue. Knowledge ensures a sound and right judgment on what is to be believed. Therefore, to gain knowledge about God and His creation, we must first have faith; a belief in God that He exists and that He is the master of creation of all that is good. That is why this gift and acquired virtue falls under the auspices of the theological virtue of Faith.

As a gift, knowledge “places us in profound harmony with the Creator and allows us to participate in the clarity of his vision and judgment. And it is from this perspective that we are able to perceive … the fulfillment of a Continue reading