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September 22, 2016

Reincarnation, which means literally “to be made flesh again,” is the belief that after death the soul lives on in another body. The soul might inhabit a similar body (e.g., a man’s soul enters another man’s body) or even a radically dissimilar body (e.g., a man’s soul enters a frog’s body). Regardless of what form reincarnation takes, the Catechism of the Catholic Churh states:

Death is the end of man’s earthly pilgrimage, of the time of grace and...

September 21, 2016
The Annunciation by Matthias Stom (early seventeenth century)

As a stay-at-home mother of four young girls, I’m often the target of the remark, “You’re a better woman than I am—I just couldn’t stay at home all day.” I usually give a hearty laugh in my head (or, in less charitable moods, out loud) at this backhanded compliment.

As the role of the modern female gets rearranged more and more, one thing seems to remain the same in women’s circles: the barrier between at-home mothering and so-called “fulfillment at work.” Naturally, when I...

September 20, 2016

“Are you saved?”

It’s a question Catholics get all the time from “Bible Christians.” The average Catholic replies with a resounding “I dunno.”

But Evangelicals and Fundamentalists answer the question, “Yes, I am, since I’ve accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.” They seem to know exactly what to say. Many of them add, “What’s more, since I’m born again, I can’t forfeit salvation. I have an absolute guarantee of getting to heaven.”

Is their position biblical? Is...

September 19, 2016
The twelve apostles

We’ve seen that the rule of faith and practice for those Christians living during the time of the apostles was not sola scriptura

For them authority resided in the inspired Scripture, the oral teaching of the apostles, and the Church’s leadership as it met in council to settle disputed matters (Acts 15).

Now, someone...

September 16, 2016
St. Robert Bellarmine

Events in history happen in certain times and places. Goes without saying, right? I’m not so sure. It’s not uncommon for us to examine the past through the lenses of today.

I once read a history of the eleventh-century Norman conquest of Sicily. This otherwise lively and accurate account portrayed Robert Guiscard and Roger de Hauteville as venture capitalists, a profession that no medieval man could have wrapped his imagination around.

It is a mistake to judge the decisions and...