The following paper was submitted to Holy Apostles College for the Fall 2017 Semester; It was originally written on November 29th, 2017.
“In the eyes of the just God, before his judgment, those who share in the suffering of Christ become worthy of [his] Kingdom.” This is what Pope John Paul II, and all of Christendom before his time, saw in the reality of human suffering. What His Holiness writes about here is nothing more than a parroting of something that the Church had understood since its inception two-thousand years befo...
After a Catholic bride and groom join themselves in marriage, the priest says, “What God joins together, let no one put asunder.” The official Order of Celebrating Matrimony shows the carefully drafted promises that encapsulate the essential elements of marriage. On the wedding day, these promises are witnessed by a representative of Christ’s Church, a priest.
However, as the years pass, the memory of those promises fades. One’s recollection can be refreshed only by watching the wedding video.
A couple weeks ago, we celebrated Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit rested above the heads of the disciples of Jesus like tongues of fire. I’m sure most of us have heard this story, no matter what church we were raised in. This story seems to transcend religious bias. But really, what does this have to do with us, and why is this biblical moment so significant? After all, isn’t the whole bible significant? Of course it is, but this one… well it seems to carry a special kind of weight. Heck, it even has its own feast day!
As I’ve been mulling over some ideas for my next blog post (I’ve been suffering from writer’s block recently), I realized just today that there are surely not a lack of things I could write about. Rather, I’ve had trouble finding the inspiration to write about them. Lately, there have been so many heavy-hitting problems coming up in Church news that I’ve been overwhelmed by the chaos of it all.
The Gospel according to Matthew certainly hits the nail on the head when it says, "For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, t...
What does it mean to be “radical?” One would have you believe that radicalism is always a bad thing. In fact, radicalism is often likened to terrorism, evil, and any sort of over-the-top “crazy” behavior. But what if I told you that Jesus was considered a “radical” person? Further, what if I told you that Christ loves us radically? The reality is far from the conception, the idea that radicalism in itself is problematic. Concisely stated, it’s not. In reality, the first actual definition of “Radical” i...
If a Catholic person who accepts all of the teachings of the Church is discerning the use of NFP, I would imagine they would be open and receptive not only to Church teaching, but Logic and Reason, and God’s providence, to come to a sounder decision and to make peace with that decision. It’s with this assumption I make these points, from a position of reason.
A Look at Some Scenarios
As I mentioned just above, I presume that a fellow Catholic, who loves the Church, is ready and willing to accept all aspects of official Church teaching....
Because of the vast amount of information and content I’d like to cover, this post is part one of a two part series. Please be sure to stay tuned for Part II of this post series. Thanks!
What is Natural Family Planning?
One of the more hot-button issues facing the Church today, particularly in the west, is the vast and wide use of contraceptives and birth control, and, a Church-supported method of regulating pregnancy called “Natural Family Planning” (NFP), which has been discussed, debated, and fought over for nearly two millennia.
In a world that’s inundated with natural evils, it’s no wonder why so many people rely on the providence of God. Without it, it would be hard to reconcile sickness, famine, violence, natural disasters, and any other hard fact of life. Even when it comes to tough questions, like deciding whether to take a different job, or discerning how many children God intends for us to have, God’s divine providence can reassure us in our decisions and reminds us that we are not in control.
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Among the travesties and evils of the world, few seem to mount in importance for me quite like pornography does. Although I try to make a point to combat evil on all fronts, pornography and masturbation have been significant for me because of the very personal impact they’ve had on my own life.
I was first exposed to pornography at a young age, maybe 9 or...