He taught them as one having authority. (Mark 1:22)
From of old, the Almighty promised that a voice would ring out which would carry the divine guarantee of truth. He made this promise to a people like us: a people seeking the Promised Land, needing to hearken to the divine voice in order to find our way.
What if no voice of truth guided us? What if the only source for truth was me myself?
That would be a sketchy situation. I would want to have one set of rules when I was in one mood, and a different set when I was in another. Hungry? One set of rules. Angry? A different set. Eyes fixed on a toy I want to play with? Another set. Life without the voice of God would leave a person fat, friendless, and maxed-out with credit-card debt.
Thank God, then, that He speaks to us. With authority. He speaks to us with the authority of the final judge, before Whom we will have to answer for everything done or left undone.
Continue reading “Three Ways to Hear His Voice”
In Psalm 22, we sing: “I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.” “I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.”
This is our hymn. We sing it together. God made us to be together—to praise Him together, and to work together for His Kingdom.
The Lord Jesus told us: “I am the vine. You are the branches. You cannot bear fruit unless you remain on the vine.” (John 15:5) A vine has many branches, and the branches live and bear fruit together. Left alone, a branch detached from the vine withers and dies.
Continue reading “E Pluribus Unum (Easter Exegesis III)”
Here are the points which Archbishop Wuerl asked all of us priests to make in our homilies at Holy Mass today.
1. The Pope together with the bishops speak for the faith of the Catholic Church. “For a Catholic, there are sure answers to life’s great questions. Jesus offers them. His Church proclaims them. The bishops in their teaching office explain them.” A well-formed conscience is our sure guide in making decisions. A “well-formed conscience” is explained here: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect1chpt1art6.shtml
In the controversy about the morality of abortion, not all opinions have equal weight. “Christ established in His Church the office of bishop charged with teaching and guarding the authentic faith.”
2. Abortion is a great moral evil. The Church has always taught that abortion is gravely immoral.
3. Empirical evidence obtained by scientific investigation clearly indicates that human life begins at conception. From the moment the sperm meets the egg, a member of the human race lives. This is why not only abortion, but also embryonic stem-cell research (which involves killing the embryo), are gravely evil: They involve the destruction of an innocent human life.