Reflection

Reflections on modern events, as well as theological topics

Reflections for the Feast of Holy Family

On the Feast of the Holy Family we offer all the members of our own families on the altar for God’s blessing. Homily starter anecdote: Grandparents are a treasure: Pope Francis said that as a child, he heard a story of a family with a mother, father, many children and a grandfather. The grandfather, suffering from Parkinson’s [...]

Treason, or Infiltration from the Very Beginning? Lucifer’s Unceasing Attacks on the Church

The devil is portrayed in this stained-glass church window (CNS photo from Crosiers) “He knows that he is running out of time” From its very beginning, the holy Bride of Christ has been the butt of devilish attacks. In fact, Lucifer is paying her a compliment: he knows that to direct his poisonous arrows [...]

The Mystery of Man

Benozzo Gozzoli, "The Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas over Averroes, the Most Influential Muslim Philosopher of the Middle Ages, with Aristotle and Plato," The Louvre in Paris, from 1471 Human beings are a composite of mortal body and immortal soul. At the moment of death, that composite is torn asunder… and yet we remain [...]

The Mystery of Man

"The Casting Out of Eden of Adam and Eve," by Giusto De' Menabuoi, in the Baptistry of Padua, Italy Our immortal souls are joined to mortal bodies. How can this be? A thought-provoking philosophical reflection on human nature by the great Belgian philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand At age eleven, I was privileged to [...]

Spirituality: The Orthodox Saints Speak

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, the celebration of Easter The Resurrection of Christ “Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. We venerate Thy cross, O Christ, and Thy holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. For Thou art our God, and we know none other than [...]

The Message of the Icon: Extreme Humility

The icon of "Extreme Humility" depicting the King of Glory in His Tomb One of the most powerful icons for the Lenten season is that depicting the King of Glory in His tomb, commonly called “Extreme Humility.” The grave is the great human equalizer, of course; princes and paupers alike must descend into death [...]

The Tears of This World (“Lacrimae rerum”— Virgil, Aenaeid)

Cain about to kill his brother Abel. He is an example of man's incapacity to create, which leads to destruction Recognizing how we hurt other people can be the first step in becoming more charitable to our neighbor One of the sad facts of human existence, as mentioned by St. Augustine, is that, wittingly [...]

2016-03-01T14:28:27+00:00 Mar 1st, 2016|Categories: Reflection|Tags: , , , |

Spirituality: The Orthodox Saints Speak

Rivalry over material possessions has made us forget. . . So we no longer pursue plainness and simplicity of life. We no longer value stillness, which helps to free us from past defilement, but prefer a whole host of things which distract us uselessly from our true goal. Rivalry over material possessions has made us forget [...]

The Message of the Icon

The icon of "Christ the Judge" Christ the Judge This month we highlight a famous and brilliantly executed icon dating from the 6th or 7th century. The icon was preserved during the time of the iconoclastic heresy simply due to the remote location of Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai. Some [...]

2016-02-01T19:27:35+00:00 Feb 1st, 2016|Categories: Reflection|Tags: , , , , , |

Suffering, A Crushing Burden…

"The Compassion," by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1897 ...except when it is an expression of love. Then it can sanctify, not destroy us If there is one thing we all dread, it is suffering. A newborn baby will already respond with screams to any discomfort. Many human beings spend much of their lives trying not only [...]

2016-02-01T18:00:06+00:00 Feb 1st, 2016|Categories: Reflection|Tags: , , , , |
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