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...
In a previous post, I stated that I would use this Lent as a time to reflect on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul lists in Galatians 5. The first fruit Paul mentions is that of love. Probably the most powerful statement of God’s love for us appears in John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might...
I attend a women’s Bible study on Tuesday mornings. The women are fantastic and it’s so refreshing to spend a morning talking about scripture while I know my kid is being watched by some really great girls just upstairs. We’ve been talking about Leah and Rachel, of the Old Testament and how one of them was beautiful on the outside and one was less physically attractive, but had...
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...
My blessed wife gave to me for Christmas what I consider to be the most important book in my library, Fr. Richard M. Heilman’s Church Militant Field Manual.
In case you are not familiar, the Church Militant refers to one of three parts of the Communion of Saints included in The Profession of Faith.
The Church Militant (Ecclesia Militans) because its members struggle against the world,...
Like most people, I went through a Bobby McFerrin phase (wait, you didn’t?) during which I discovered his rendition of Psalm 23. I genuinely enjoyed the song and yet was unaware of McFerrin’s usage of “she” throughout the verses, due largely to the poor audio quality of mp3s around the turn of the century – I thought it was just fuzz. In spite of this, I could not...