God has created us with the frightful gift of freedom. We are not puppets on a string. We are not predetermined in our actions. We have the freedom of choice to do good and to avoid evil. The reason? God has created us for love. God who is perfect love wills to give himself to us.
God loves us and he wills that we love him in return. Not because he is selfish, but because he is generous and wants to fill us with love. Love cannot be coerced. Love must be free. And so God gives us the freedom to love him by doing the good that leads to him. But, this also means he leaves us free to do the evil that turns us away from him and our true happiness.
We’re living in a society where more and more of our neighbors go through their daily lives without even thinking about God. They live as if there is no God, or as if his existence doesn’t make any difference.
But we’re coming to realize that we can’t live without God — not as individuals and not as a society. We’re finding out that when we lose our sense of God, we lose the “thread” that holds our lives together. We lose the answers to the questions that help us make sense of the world: What kind of person should I be? Why should I be good? What should I believe in? What should I be living for — and why?
God has not ceased to breathe the Holy Spirit into the Church. Without that Spirit, the Church would be a corpse, but with the breath of God within us, the Church becomes the Body of Christ – wounded it is true, but still radiant with the life that is bigger than death, the life of Easter.
As we walk together in our neighborhoods and parishes, our homes and workplaces, we can build both the church and a better society by proclaiming in word and deed that Christ has been crucified and has risen from the dead. Everything is now possible, with the grace of the risen Lord shaping our lives with him and with all those he gives us to love along the way.
The center of all Christian life is Christ himself. By his Incarnation and work of redemption we are healed and called to share in a new life, a life that binds us together as children of God and sharers in the life of the Trinity.
Not just to believe in Christ but to believe Christ is to have a theological virtue, a grace infused in us by God and allowing us to trust in that “wisdom that comes from above”.
To attempt to drown out the voice of God and overcome it with human argument is a very dangerous thing indeed.
All of us are called to be “new evangelists” who transform by our words and actions the worn-out ideas and rust-filled practices of those whose Catholic faith is just a dim memory. We can help bring the joy of full surrender to Christ to those who do not know Him or who do not remember what a joy it is to be in full communion with Him.
To live by faith in God is foundational to a proper understanding of the human person. A proper respect for every human person is foundational to decent society.
As we remember our weakness we are not discouraged because God has promised a mercy beyond what we could possibly imagine.
By means of these blessings a sense of the sacred, should permeate not only our liturgy, but really every aspect of our lives.
In the Virgin Mother is the pure, living dwelling-place of God. She teaches us that God does not dwell in buildings of stone, but in the living hearts of those who accept him.
The eyes of faith are attentive and alert. They “see,” meaning they “believe” in the Lord who is alive and present in their midst.
…(A) very clear part of (Saint Francis of Assisi’s) spirituality was his love for the Church, his obedience to her pastors, his unwillingness to be critical of the Church. Instead of tearing her down because of the sins of her leaders, Francis chose to love the Church and serve her — and because of that love and by his simple living of the Gospel without compromise, he became the means God used for the renewal of a whole age of faith.
(Saint) Joseph teaches us that all men, by their inherent paternal nature, are called to be fathers in a certain sense, if not in the flesh, then in the spirit by a pure and fruitful love that helps in the formation and growth of others as children of God.