The personal and cosmic effects of sin; God’s mercy
This Lent, try finding the ascetical practices in your life that already happen every day.
Not forgiving ourselves or others blocks our capacity to give and receive the gift of thanksgiving.
Les Misérables reveals the true meaning of Lent and of Christian discipleship, all through a bishop and his candlesticks.
The divisiveness during election season reminds me so much of our brokenness—and that wholeness can come even from our political differences.
“Jesus, you’re weak.” Could you imagine if someone said that to our Lord and Saviour? If someone, even you, walked up to him in person and said those words? But the reality of it is… It’s true.
What good can we find in Catholic guilt—or even guilt in general? Healthy guilt can lead to positive change for the world. Consider the stories we learn of in just one 24-hour news day. If we can imaginatively enter a gospel scene in the Ignatian tradition of prayer where we interact with Jesus and all the characters, can’t we do the same with news stories? And if you feel guilt, ask God what it might be saying to you.
Saint Ignatius knew our human tendencies well. He was a lover of the world and fell easily into lust and vanity. The pulls he felt toward such things he called […]
As Christians human beings, we are very afraid of making mistakes. We can become perfectionists and not readily admit to it. But mistakes make us better, don’t they? They teach us what works and what doesn’t. They teach us more about ourselves, our weaknesses, and flaws. They help us improve. […]