Category: Salvation

evil, dark, goodness, light

Thanking God for the Wicked

In the meditation for day 20 in “A Year With the Church Fathers“, we are asked the question, Why doesn’t God just get rid of the wicked now and let the righteous live in peace? As we are exposed to more and more news of evil around the world, this question seems particularly pertinent. We hear some version of this...

lie, fingers crossed

When Receiving the Eucharist Becomes a Lie

Faithfully practicing Catholics often recoil at the contradictory nature of public figures’ actions and their claims of being Catholic. Especially when they continue their scandalous behavior and yet, present themselves for Holy Communion. How can, for example, the Speaker of the House claim to be faithfully Catholic, regularly receive the Eucharist, and yet vigorously fight for the right to abortion?...

reason for the season

We Are The Reason For The Season

Especially in this secular-minded world of ours, it is important to search for the reason for the season. There are so many distractions and misdirections. As we live out our days of Advent, in preparation of Christmas, we are constantly assaulted by sights, sounds, and mental impressions that lead us away from Truth. As children, many of us enjoyed carefully...

parents, child

Are We Becoming Our Parents? Never Say Never

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you are beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate that which had you straining at...

games, fuel

Playing Games With Your Soul

We can probably all relate to the little games people play in their lives. It goes something like this: the van is running on fumes and I am well beyond tired and already bought groceries and shopped at the mall and attended t-ball practice and I just cannot bear to pull up to that pump. I play the ‘can we make it home and back to the pump’ game and most of the time I make it.

There are many similar ways that we sometimes (often) play games in life – at least this has been my experience much more often than it should. Many of us share those Scarlet O’Hara moments when we resolve to take care of x, y, z – just as long as it can wait until tomorrow. But is playing these waiting games a good idea when it comes to our souls?

good works

Once Saved, Always Saved and Good Works

A frequent theme throughout scripture is doing good – not evil. Rules and actions for us to emulate are featured throughout – from the Ten Commandments to the Beatitudes. We all agree that Jesus died for our salvation – He defeated death and sin, once and for all. Yet Jesus is well known for instructing his followers to display their...