Is there a such thing as a personal relationship with Christ? The answer is yes! When it comes to encountering Christ and continuing to mature in Christ, there are two aspects that are important: both a personal relationship as well as a corporate relationship. Both aspects of knowing Christ are necessary and should be embraced, fostered and celebrated.
Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has waged a war on the “throwaway culture,” in which anything can be commodified and given a dollar value, and where life itself can be, in his words, “considered a consumer good to be used and then discarded.”
I don’t know if this story is true but it seems plausible, so I’ll repeat it here. The famous and mightily beloved singer/songwriter James Taylor was giving a concert when someone in the audience yelled out, “I love you, James!” Things fell very quiet for a moment and Taylor looked up from his guitar and said very simply, “Oh yeah? What makes me sad?”
Alejandro Iñárritu’s new film “The Revenant” is one of the most talked about movies, and for good reason. The opening 20 minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing. And the remainder of the film is so involving that this viewer, at least, felt physically sick as he followed the sufferings of the main character.
Author Beryl Schewe says, “Not all tears have words.” I think that’s especially true in the depths of winter. With the holidays in the rear view mirror and spring far away, I often find myself missing loved ones who are no longer here, or meditating on my own mortality. As a survivor of serious heart surgery, I sometimes feel a sense of loss that’s not easy to talk about. Perhaps you have losses in your life that affect you in similar ways. Along with the promises of our faith, where do we turn for comfort?
Men and women are created in God’s image and are equal in dignity. Men and women have also been endowed with unique gifts that God draws together in beautiful complementarity in the sacrament of marriage in which the “two become one flesh” (Gn 2:24).
When we hear the word “idolatry,” we probably think first of a golden calf and pagan worship. But idolatry, giving the reverence and devotion owed to God to something created instead, is actually a much more commonplace sin. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church warns us that idolatry “remains a constant temptation of faith.”
The current Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis is an opportunity to reconsider how the creative force of mercy can be extended to the realm of public policy. Though the aim of law is to establish justice, it can be enriched by a life-giving mercy that seeks to restore and maintain right relationships — the true aim of justice. Otherwise, the execution of justice can become merely the impersonal application of commands.
Oprah Winfrey has joined Weight Watchers, which means she is not only a card-carrying, point-counting member of the weight-loss club, she is also part owner. That’s how you do it when you’re Oprah: You go big (“you get a car, you get a car, you get a car”) or you don’t bother.
“Are you a holy roller or something?”
It wasn’t a question I’ve ever been asked before, nor one I was expecting as I stood with a beer in my hand chatting with extended family. We were gathered from seven states at a hotel outside Chicago to celebrate my mom’s 90th birthday.