Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

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

What is Hope?

We Have Hope

Do you, or someone you know, live in despair? Have you ever been lifted up out of despair and been given hope? Or, have you presumed that because you believe in Jesus Christ that hope is not necessary?

Hope is the desire for eternal life combined with the request for grace to obtain eternal life; to behold the Beatific Vision (Father, Son and Holy Spirit); to be resurrected at the second coming of Christ, with a new glorified body. We have hope that God will give us the capacity to love Him as He deserves to be loved through acts of adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and service.

As with the virtue of faith, hope also flows forth from the First Commandment Continue reading

Crossing the Threshold

Crossing the Threshold

With faith, we all hope to one day cross the threshold from this life into the next, where we will be with Our Lord and Savior. As we move from the reflections of faith to reflections on hope, I found this musical video from the Casting Crowns to be an appropriate segue. The title of the song is “Already There.” I hope you like it.

 

 

I’m interested in learning what you think of the song. Post your thoughts in the comments section and enter the conversation.

What is Hope? We’ll answer that question in our next reflection on the virtue of hope. You won’t want to miss it!

Faith – The Beginning of Everlasting Life

 

Holy Trinity

Our goal in this life is to live in accordance with God’s will and His commands, with the hope of spending everlasting life with God in Heaven. Through the eyes of faith, we believe that this can be accomplished only because of God’s mercy on our souls; for no one “earns” their way into Heaven.  We are all sinners and thus, our sinfulness stands between us and God. We must be purified and holy to enter Heaven. Who among us can make that claim today – no one! Through the mercy of God and the sanctification of our souls, we may enter Heaven, where we will see God’s face.

In this world, through faith, we have a foretaste Continue reading

Implications of Faith – Trusting God

Trusting God Faith is a wondrous gift from God, as well as our assent to believe and trust in Him. Yet, trusting God does not always come so easily for any of us. However, if we are willing to place all of our trust and faith in God, we can expect the following:

Knowing God’s Greatness and Majesty 1 

Just think about the intricacies of how the human body works; all of its parts interacting with each other; the ability to procreate. Think about the different seasons and resulting regeneration of plant life that gives us air to breathe and food to eat. Then, think of the universe and its size; all of the stars and planets revolving around the sun. Continue reading

Persevere in Faith; Running the Race

Persevere in FaithTo persevere in faith, we must nourish our faith – we must exercise the spiritual muscle of faith, so-to-speak, or it will die within us; just like our physical muscles would atrophy if we remain sedentary. As with physical exercise, we all vary with our spiritual exercise. This is because everyone is at a different point on their faith journey. As a society, we run the gamut from atheistic to saintly. Yet, most of us fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of faith.

So where does that leave those of us who want to grow in faith? We can nourish our faith through the reading of Scripture. We can ponder God’s plan for each of us, along Continue reading

A Theology Blog – Worth the Read

SJC-Seal

I want to introduce you to a new blog hosted by Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, where the bloggers are my professors. They are a group of highly educated, gifted professors who have so much to share, that they have created their own website to blog about Catholic Theology. Each professor will cover different topics, based upon their expertise. I highly recommend this new site to my followers. You can read the inaugural blog post at:

http://sjcmetheology.wordpress.com/

Faith Helps Us Understand Moral Teaching

St Paul

As we seek to learn how faith helps us understand moral teaching, I am reminded of a biblical passage from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans:

“For what can be known about God is evident to them because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made”( Romans 1:19-20).

At the time of Saint Paul’s letter, the Romans were for the most part pagans, unknowledgeable in the faith, yet they possessed the innate knowledge of the Natural Law written on their hearts, which enabled them to discern right from wrong. How much more Continue reading