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Posts Tagged ‘St Paul’



The Sign of God’s Mercy

The Holy Cross is a sign of God’s mercy. God in his mercy allowed his Son to die in order to heal the rift caused by original sin.   The significance of the Cross can be found not so much in “suffering” as in “obedience”—Christ’s willing and passionate surrender to his ...
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Earth On Fire

Many people blame religion for bringing strife into the world. They point to the Crusades and the Inquisition as examples.   But religion itself is not to blame. The blame falls on those who call themselves Christians, for instance, but fail to live according to Christ’s commandments of love and ...
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All I Ask

At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us what could be called his final, “death bed” request.   He summed up the entire sense of his incarnation, teaching, passion, death, and resurrection in these few words:   “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will ...
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Those Who Have Not Seen

In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul recounts the number of persons who saw the risen Christ. In addition to the Apostles and the women, “he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time” (1 Cor 15: 3-8).   Even with this witness, Jesus gave great encouragement ...
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Pilgrimage of the Heart

In proclaiming the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica or to one of the Holy Doors in cathedrals and designated churches throughout the world.   There is another kind of pilgrimage we can make, one that doesn’t involve travel. ...
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The Jesus Prayer

Early Christians came to understand that the name of Jesus had great power, and that the recitation of his name was itself a form of prayer.   Heeding St. Paul’s guidance to pray without ceasing (Thessalonians 5:17), their ancient, short prayer became known as the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of ...
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