Fr. Christopher Etheridge, IVE
Venerable Fulton Sheen once wrote, “If you want people to stay as they are, tell them what they want to hear. If you want to improve them, tell them what they should know.”
You should know that Lent always comes to us as a moment of grace. But do we live it as such? Mature Christian men and women should not be satisfied with living Lent the same way they did as children, giving up sweets, not watching TV, or praying a little more each day. These were good penances when, like I said, we were children, but we are no longer children now. We must be coherent in our search for maturity. If we want to be treated and respected as mature adults in all aspects of our lives, then we must also approach our spiritual lives maturely.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus.
This specific Feast represents well the total and free offering of self to God, because it was on this day that Mary offered Jesus to the Father. All the faithful, through our baptismal consecration, can imitate today’s mystery by offering our littleness to the Father through the hands of Mary.
Br. Peter Trinko
Today Holy Mother Church calls us to celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Perhaps the greatest persecutor of the Church is transformed by the grace of Christ, and freely becomes a great Apostle to the gentiles and eventually a martyr. In the letters of St. Paul, which have fed the souls of the saints and all Christians since the beginning of the Church, we can find many profound insights to the mystery of Christ and His Church, although perhaps none more profound than his understanding of the mystery of the Holy Trinity dwelling within us. In this blog, taking points from Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J.’s God Within Us, we aim to bring awareness to the great mystery “hidden from ages” of the dwelling of the Holy Trinity within souls by grace.
Br. Peter Trinko
In his masterpiece Life of Christ, Venerable Fulton Sheens begins by pointing that there have been many men throughout history who claim to be from God, or that they were gods, or they bore messages from God. In our modern culture we also often hear that Jesus Christ is not the Word made flesh, but rather simply another moral teacher. As Catholics, how can we respond to these arguments reducing our Lord to ‘just another great religious figure’?