Can I Be ‘Spiritual, Not Religious’? (Answers from Hebrews)

I just finished filming (with Jeff Cavins) Ascension’s newest Bible study on the letter to the Hebrews (Hebrews: The New and Eternal Covenant). As I was researching and writing the companion book to the study and preparing for the presentations, I was struck by how incredibly timely Hebrews has become for our day. Hebrews is truly like entering the holy…

The Biblical and Historical Basis for the Church’s Teaching on Sexuality

What is the biblical and historical basis for the Church’s teaching on sexuality? (A professor answers a student’s sincere question.) Below is a sincere email from a student, asking about the basis for the Church’s teaching on sexuality (the name has been changed). How does it relate to Scripture? Does it have a firm basis? Or, is it merely a…

7 Tips for Overcoming Boredom and Sloth

Spiritual boredom is closely tied to one of the famed deadly or capital sins, which are so named because they tend to beget other sins. Hence, they quickly become a toxic poison in the spiritual and moral life. They are typically listed as follows: pride, envy, wrath, avarice, gluttony, lust, and sloth (for an overview, see my John Paul II…

COVID-19 and Suffering (Wisdom from St. John Paul II )

First, the concern over the spread of this disease is real; with so much unknown, caution and fear is understandable and expected. What I offer here are simply reflections on lessons we might glean from considering this epidemic in light God’s providence. We are Creatures When events like this happen (and speaking for myself, especially when I am sick), we…

How Jesus Fixes Our Problem

Christianity boils down to this: for the Holy Spirit to reproduce the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in and through each of us—so that we may say with John the Baptist and St. Paul, “He must increase [and] I must decrease” (John 3:30); and: “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians…

A Professor Responds to Students’ Questions on Sex and Dating

Hopefully, these exchanges will be fruitful for you, either in seeing what questions college students are asking, or in finding your own way to respond to such questions

Seven Tips for Evangelizing Family and Friends

Evangelizing can be tough; I hear this from my students all the time: they don’t know how to interact with a certain sibling who has left the Faith, or a particularly caustic uncle or parent who likes to take potshots at the Church and belittle those of faith. How can we maintain our peace and remain comfortable in our own…

St. Stephen: First Martyr and Witness to the Essence of Christianity

St. Stephen, deacon and first martyr of the Church, died at the hands of Saul somewhere in the mid-30s AD (see Acts 7:58).

5 Most Popular Catholic Study Bibles Ranked

Looking for gifts to encourage and deepen the faith of your family or friends? A solid Catholic study Bible is a good choice. But which study Bible is right? What are the differences among them? Here is a guide to the major Catholic study Bibles on the market.  5. The Catholic Study Bible Now in its third edition from Oxford…

Responding to ‘But We Love Each Other’

It’s so easy, even for good Catholics, to fall into the temptation of thinking that “there must be an exception for me,” since my situation is somehow unique. I’m thinking particularly of emotionally intense romantic relationships, especially those that have moved in a quite serious direction, often discussing marriage and perhaps even engaged. Sometimes the long-held and cherished reasons for…

Why Pray for the Dead?

November 2, All Soul’s Day (and the first week of November), is the Church’s most earnest and concentrated time to pray for the dead. In fact, St. John Paul II was ordained on All Saints Day, November 1; and accordingly, he celebrated three “first Masses” the next day—on All Soul’s Day, the day on which a priest is permitted to…

10 Steps to Help in the Evangelizing of Protestants

In these days of great cultural and ecclesiastical decline, we need all the faithful Catholics we can get. Protestant converts to the Catholic Faith can be a great encouragement to the Church and help us see afresh the familiar features of the Faith. They can also be reinforcements in the defense of the Faith. We have from baptism a mandate…
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