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The “Our Father”

Our Father

 

What requests have been answered by God for you as a result of your praying the Our Father? How has that filled you with hope? Our Lord knew that once He would ascend to Heaven forty days after Easter, that we would need assistance to stay the course for living a virtuous life. Therefore, He taught us how to pray; how to request the assistance we would need; He gave us the “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9-14).

 

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread and,

Forgive us our trespasses (sins) as we forgive those who Continue reading

Does Goodness Depend on God?

Father Barron

I saw this syndicated article in my local Catholic newspaper. It is an excellent article from Father Robert Barron on goodness’ dependence on God. – A must read!

Does Goodness Depend on God?

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God to have a coherent and integral morality. Atheists and agnostics are extremely sensitive to the charge that the rejection of God will conduce automatically to moral chaos. Consequently, they argue that a robust sense of ethics can be grounded in the consensus of the human community over time or in the intuitions and sensibilities of decent people, etc.

What I would like to do is lay out, in very brief compass, Continue reading

Embracing Hope – Part III of III

 

Beatitudes II

How do peacemaking and persecution relate to hope? Today we conclude our discussion on the Beatitudes by focusing on these two attributes and their relationship to hope.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt 5:9). If left completely up to humanity, there would be little hope for peace; for we exist with discord and conflict raging around us and within us. To obtain true peace, we must first reconcile ourselves with God and then with each other. If we are reconciled with God, then we can be the light of peace and harmony for others by the virtue of how we live our own lives. Thusly, we give hope to others Continue reading

Embracing Hope – Part II of III

 

Beatitudes 1How do righteousness, mercy and cleanliness of heart bring us hope? Today we will discuss these attributes in detail regarding their relationship to hope.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6). Here, righteousness means salvation by God. Therefore, if we hunger and thirst for Heaven, we will conduct ourselves morally in such a manner that would be pleasing to God. To accomplish His will and to live in a morally upright manner, we place ourselves before God and hope for His assistance to live a virtuous life.  The hunger and desire for righteousness would then extend out beyond us, seeking social justice for the marginalized and oppressed. Continue reading

Embracing Hope – Part I of III

 

Beatitudes III

 

 

Why are the Beatitudes so important and how do they relate to our lives? The Beatitudes show us the path that will lead us through the trials of life and what we can expect with hope, through the grace of Jesus Christ. Yet at the same time they confront us with decisive moral choices (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1723). We will cover a detailed look at the Beatitudes in conjunction with Hope, in this three part series, looking at the first three Beatitudes in this post:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 5:3). – Here, poor in spirit pertains to an acknowledgement of our complete dependence on God. Continue reading

Why Embrace Hope?

 

steps of hope

What do you hope for in your life and why do you keep hoping? Hope is what gets us through the day; through the trials and tribulations of life’s journey. God gives us a “hope that does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Just the thought of no hope, makes me realize how much of my everyday actions are centered on hope. I get up each day and either research or write these blog posts with the hope that I reach that very someone who needs to hear the message for the day. I hope that what I write Continue reading

The New Martyrdom

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I wanted to share the following article from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine’s Theology Blog, written by Dr. Carmina Chapp, an instructor in the Theology program, and follower of this website. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

 

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The New Martyrdom

Everyone is talking about the New Evangelization. In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council (the reason for the Council, in this author’s humble opinion), it is a missionary effort to bring the Gospel to a modern, secular world which has, for the most part, rejected, ignored, or at best, compartmentalized it for its own purposes.

I love Pope John XXIII’s Continue reading

Why do we hope? Why is Hope important?

Full of Hope

Why is hope important to you? What good does it do to hope? Hope is an infused virtue graced to each of us by God. It is through hope that we are drawn to the goodness of God, since hope instills in us the desire to want eternal life. In essence, hope draws us to the Highest Good – God Himself.1 The Catechism of the Catholic Church states it best:

The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains Continue reading