Does the end justify the means? No, it does not. As children, we learned the ancient moral principle that a good end never justifies an evil means to arrive there. No matter how noble your intended goal, you cannot achieve it ethically through an action that is evil in itself. You cannot buy a home […]
Christians of other backgrounds often question the prominence the Mother of Jesus holds in our tradition. “You Catholics worship Mary,” they will say, “while we worship Jesus.”
This kind of comment mistakenly fails to distinguish between the veneration of Mary and the worship of God, but missing is something even more basic to appreciate what salvation in Christ essentially entails for us.
The Communion of Saints that we share with both the living and the dead flows directly from the Resurrection event and is one of the most reassuring articles of our ancient creeds.
The sole cause of our unhappinessis that we do not know how to stay quietly in our room.— Blaise Pascal (+1662) Does that claim startle you as much as it did me the first time I read it? Yet, the more I’ve pondered this striking observation, the deeper a truth it seems to be. Arguably, […]
When the tourist season opened, he posted a sign: One trip daily – 3 p.m. At 3 p.m. a curious crowd gathered to see what would happen. Precisely on schedule he appeared, pushing his wheelbarrow heaped with stones. He climbed on to a rope, pushed the load ahead and bounced his way across a long […]
“…a woman named Marthawelcomed Jesus to her home.She had a sister named Mary whosat at the Lord’s feet and listened tohim speaking.” – Luke 10:38-39ff. You can fill in the verses, can’t you? Jesus certainly did not belittle Martha for her attention to the details of hospitality. Kindness extended to guests is kindness extended to […]
While at the Washington Theological Union, I volunteered the summer of 1985 to serve in the Capitol Hill mailroom of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. It was a rewarding experience, a good refresher in Civics 101 and the turning point in my pro-life convictions. Until then I valued pre-born life as one fundamental right […]