Who is Jesus?

My Lord and My God

Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came to them and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” (Jn. 20: 26-28) Read more

The Sound of Silence

The silent carpenter

The talk of the angels is always a song, but the language of God is silence. I recall approximately four-and-a-half years ago watching a very beautiful video about priestly discernment called ‘Fisher’s of Men’, and at one point a religious sister says these words: “If you look at nature and the way things grow, they grow in silence. You look at the trees and the flowers, and you look even at human beings, we grow in silence; and a vocation is very similar, and a relationship with God is very similar, and it grows in silence in an environment where one’s inner ears are opened to hear God, who only speaks in silence.” Read more

A Church in Crisis

The Crowning with Thorns

(The Crowning with Thorns by Caravaggio)

Dear Brother’s and Sisters in Christ,

The Church is in crisis. I do not mean that she is at a breaking point, as though she were about to collapse under the intense weight of sin; but, rather, I mean that She is in crisis because she has reached a critical point in Her life, if we want to use such terms. Read more

Divine Mercy Sunday: Oh What Wondrous Love Is This!

Look Into My Heart

I’d like to first give a shout out to my mother and my father, who are celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary this day. I have been so very blessed to have these two beautiful people as my parents, showing me how to love God in their love for me and for one another. I have learned so much about patience and mercy from my mother, and I have learned so much about commitment and respect from my father; and from both of them I have learned love and sacrifice. They have showed me, in their own way, that Sainthood is possible for ordinary folk like us, and I hope and I pray that I and they will enter gloriously into the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Read more

If the Mass Has Infinite Merits, Why Doesn’t One Mass Empty Purgatory? Pt. 3

The Holy Mass and the holy souls in Purgatory

Finally we are nearing the final answer to this question. In the previous two articles, we have explored some of the teachings of the Catholic Church on suffering and Purgatory, and now it is time for me to posit what I believe the answer to this question to be. Now, remember, I am by no means the official voice of the Church, but I will try and use Her teachings, as given by Christ and inspired by the Holy Spirit, to back up my argument.

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If the Mass Has Infinite Merits, Why Doesn’t One Mass Empty Purgatory? PT. 2

purgatory-poor-souls

Now, Purgatory. Now, the word Purgatory is never explicitly stated in Scripture, but then again, neither is the word Trinity, but that does not negate its presence in the Scriptures; and I’m sure that every Christian will agree that the Trinity is made apparent in the Scriptures. What exactly is Purgatory? Many believe that it is an in-between of Heaven and Hell. Now, this contains kernels of Truth, but I would say that it is more accurately described as a precursor to Heaven for holy, yet imperfect, souls. But, in order to get a more definitive answer, let us look towards the Catechism: Read more