Standing Firm in God’s Love with Athanasius

Posted on May 1, 2024

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8 “God is love.” This is a sentiment that we all, well, love. We love to say it, and we love to believe it. But what does it mean? Love implies a relationship between two or more persons. And…

GR8R LUV: When Valentine’s Day is Ash Wednesday

Posted on February 12, 2024

This year, we have the peculiar concurrence of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, which resulted in a repartee between my wife and me. “Valentine’s Day should trump Ash Wednesday,” she declares and earnestly believes. She plans to prepare a festive dinner for the occasion in celebration of love. However, I will lead the 6:00 p.m….

Masters and Disasters | Marriage and Divorce

Posted on December 13, 2016

“It always happens the first Monday that we’re back in the office, back after the holiday…” Happy Holidays…but only for some. At this time of year, there are common reports of the buckling weight of the season on the fragile institution of marriage. This one is from the Chicago Tribune. Christmas season isn’t always the…

Becoming a Mature Christian Is More Than Learning Information

Posted on May 12, 2016

Maturity in our Faith requires no secret or advanced knowledge. Yes, the gospel and the creeds are a great mystery that we can spend a lifetime pondering and studying. But, nonetheless, our Faith is public, knowable, and learnable. The catechism shows us exactly that, and its a wonderful way to learn. But the catechism itself teaches…

Does God Really Love Me?

Posted on April 29, 2016

I was raised in a Christian home. I was taught that God loves me. I was taught that God sees me as I am, in all the mixture of human fallenness and human beauty. He sees me and he loves me. He does not demand appeasement or proof, or a demonstration of worthiness. He put…

Love One Another

Posted on February 22, 2011

The early Christians tell us that St John, disciple of Jesus who wrote the Gospel, lived to be about 100 years old, and was living in Ephesus at the time of his death. We are told that as he became a very old man, he had to be carried into church. The people would plead…