The wedding bells are beginning to ring, and the scent of orange blossoms is filling the air. It is the start of Wedding Season, the most dreaded time of the year for priests and deacons. Not a few of them will comment, in private, that weddings are the part of their ministry they despise the most. (Nota bene: For the sake of this post, I am distinguishing the wedding ceremony and the travails necessary to plan and celebrate it from the rest of pastoral care for engaged couples.)...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
Who among us does not long to go back and witness first-hand certain moments in Catholic history? Certain decisive moments.
Here are a few of mine: On the eve of the battle of Lepanto, Don John of Austria silenced his quarrelling admirals without raising his voice. “Gentlemen,” he said. “The time for counsel has passed. Now is the time for war.” Imagine the stunned—yet impressed—look on the face of the Venetian sea veteran Sebastian...
The late Dr. Antony Flew—perhaps the greatest among atheist thinkers of the last 100 years—came to faith in God largely through his studies in philosophy and, most especially, science, as he recounted in his book written with Roy Abraham Varghese, ...
Last Sunday we heard the familiar Gospel story of "Doubting Thomas" who, upon seeing the risen Christ, went from skeptic to believer and proclaimed to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Indeed, this is one of the most powerful and direct evidences for the doctrine of the deity of Christ, or the belief that Jesus is fully God and fully man.
But for groups that deny the deity of Christ, such as Jehovah’s...