Category: Daily Reflections

JESUS: THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN

“They are in peace.” —Wisdom 3:3 After their deaths, the souls of some people “are in the hand of God” (Wis 3:1). These people are “the just” (Wis 3:1), “those who trust” in the Lord (Wis 3:9), “the faithful” (Wis 3:9), the “holy ones” (Wis 3:9), and the “elect” (Wis 3:9). To be just is to avoid sin and to repair the devastating effects of sin. This is, of course, impossible except in Jesus, our Justice (see Jer 23:6; 1 Cor 1:30). To trust in the Lord means to trust the Lord completely, to love Him with all our hearts...

THE EUCHARIST, FOOD OF WISDOM

“He manifests Himself to those who do not disbelieve Him.” —Wisdom 1:2 As I read the above passage, I felt goose bumps form on my body. Today Almighty God manifested Himself to me in His Eucharistic presence (see Wis 1:2). I rejoiced to receive Him in Holy Communion at Mass. Jesus, Wisdom Incarnate (1 Cor 1:30), bounded out of heaven (Wis 18:15; Jn 6:33) to fill me with the Food of Wisdom. People spend years obtaining knowledge through education and training. Yet we Catholics have been given the Bread of Wisdom, and can receive this Bread daily! Oh, that we...

FAMILY PRAYER

“It also happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king.” —2 Maccabees 7:1 This nameless Old Testament family prefigures the Christian family. How holy, fearless, and faithful a Christian family can be when united with the Lord and one another and deeply grounded in faith in Jesus’ Resurrection and our resurrection from the dead! This family loved God and each other so much that all seven brothers with their mother suffered mutilation, torture, and execution so as to be faithful to the Lord. This was a family of eight saints,...

VIVA IL PAPA

“Zeal for Your house consumes Me.” —John 2:17 Today we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Church of the Pope. Why do we celebrate our unity with the Pope and his church? It is because our unity with the Pope gives us strength and power. Those united to the Pope have an anointing from God that cannot be obtained any other way. Furthermore, our unity with the Pope protects us from deception and confusion. This will become even more significant as we near the mass apostasy at the end of the world (2 Thes 2:3). In His...

JUST MERCY TO ALL

“Every one of us will have to give an account of himself before God.” —Romans 14:12 My son is a teacher. Recently, a thief stole his computer bag, which contained his laptop computer, numerous student homework papers which he had already graded, his social security card, passport, and checkbook. This will cost him much money, time, and re-work. It’s difficult to comprehend that this thief can so readily be saved by the mercy of God at some future time without making restitution to my son for the damages inflicted. That, however, is the essence of what we believe as Christians....

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