There are more than three weeks in Lent, but there are traditionally three things that Christians commit to during Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If I tried to do a series of posts that stretched the entire duration of Lent, you’d only have a few days to do the last thing I mention, so instead we can touch on the three traditional practices during the first three weeks, and then let...
Sorry for yelling, but it seems the folks at CNN are thusly surprised at research demonstrating the existence of a “moral core” and a “sense of justice” that is albeit “tragically limited.” How do they know? Baby research:
The first test is the simplest. Show a baby an example of good behavior [demonstrated by a bunny puppet], and then an example of bad...
A single verse from the second reading this last Sunday caught my attention as a bloggable text. Here are the fruits of that investigation:
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. – Corinthians 3:17
In context, St. Paul was writing about the bodies of the Corinthians (and of us all), but the analogy only works if...
There are at least three ways that evil spirits can influence human beings: demonic obsession, oppression, or possession. (I say “at least” because I just now found this interview with Fr. Gabriele Amorth where he lists six.) While demonic obsession has a technical definition, I’m curious whether I could be characterized as having an obsession in the more colloquial...
If pride is strong enough to bring down a third of the angels, what chance do we lowly mortals have against it? Every Christian knows that pride sits at the head of the deadly sins, the fount from which almost all other sins flow. I suppose you could nitpick and say that pride and arrogance are not the same thing, but they’re close enough for government work.
When presenting an argument (or...
In Life of Christ, while discussing the temptation in the desert, Sheen writes:
Very few people believe in the devil these days, which suits the devil very well. He is always helping to circulate the news of his own death. The essence of God is existence, and he defines himself as: “I am Who am.” The essence of the devil is the lie, and he defines himself as: “I am who am...