The Battle Plan of the Devil: Knowing the Devil’s Tactics & How to Defend Oneself: A Lenten Reflection

This was a Lenten Reflection Adapted from Spiritual Theology By Jordan Auman O.P.      As we walk the path of Calvary through praying the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, I cannot help but stop and remind myself that it was not only the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden that sentenced… Continue reading The Battle Plan of the Devil: Knowing the Devil’s Tactics & How to Defend Oneself: A Lenten Reflection

A Papal View of Priestly Identity Explored Through 1 Peter 5: 1-4 and Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis

     In an era where many priests have left the priesthood, either by their own choice or as a result of grave misconduct, many in the Church are left searching for a true priestly identity. As seminaries continue to see an increase in enrollment more and more emphasis is rightly being placed on the proper… Continue reading A Papal View of Priestly Identity Explored Through 1 Peter 5: 1-4 and Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis

Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “My God, My God”

This joining of two into one flesh in the sacrament of marriage requires a giving up of things for the harmony of the marriage. Our Lord expresses this in His saying “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” A fruitful marriage requires the forsaking of things for the union of the two fleshes.… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “My God, My God”

Let’s Be Skeptical About Medjugorje

     In recent months I have seen an increased interest in the supposed Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. I have shied away from these apparitions on the advice of a prelate who recommended that out of prudence I should develop devotions to approved Marian apparitions and wait to see about Medjugorje.      Marian apparitions are reports… Continue reading Let’s Be Skeptical About Medjugorje

Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise.”

We hear in the second of the last 7 words of Jesus “I promise thee, this day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” In marriage the two become one flesh uniting themselves to aid each other towards entrance into eternal life. When husband and wife unite themselves as one in the sacrament of marriage… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise.”

Aren’t I Supposed to Follow my Conscience?

     The word conscience is frequently thrown around by Catholics in discussions about morality, yet very few Catholics actually have a proper understanding of what a conscience is and one’s obligation towards it. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines conscience as “a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of… Continue reading Aren’t I Supposed to Follow my Conscience?

Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Father Forgive Them.”

Our Lord begins His final discourse with “Father, forgive them; they do not know what it is they are doing.” It goes without saying that a fruitful marriage requires frequent forgiveness. Just as our Lord forgave those who put Him to death, spouses must be willing to forgive each other. While all Christians must be… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: “Father Forgive Them.”