Where Is the Love? Toward a Better Understanding of the True Meaning of Love 4

Fr José LaBoy

Fr José LaBoy

Upon coming into contact with so many cases of broken and dysfunctional families, the high percentage of divorce, child abuse, the fear of commitment you can’t help but ask: Where is the love?

John Paul II in his first Encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, insists on the fact that: More…

“I Thirst”… “I Pour” 2

"We are only pencils in the hand of God." -- Mother Theresa

“I Thirst…”

By Alison Batley

“We are only pencils in the hand of God.” — Mother Theresa

In one my favorite books, The Reed of God, Carol Houslander asks each of us to discover what kind of empty form has God shaped us to be?

In reflecting on our Lady’s virginal emptiness, Houslander invites us to and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to each one of us the purpose for which we were made. Energized by this challenge, I push through my fear and started asking God to show me the form of my purposeful emptiness. More…

Theology of the Body and Bioethics 4

Fr Joseph Tham

In my first year of medical practice, I still clearly remember the case of a patient who came to me, truly distressed because he had committed an act of adultery with his secretary.  He wanted me to test him for AIDS, since he was unwilling to put his wife at risk, not knowing if this casual encounter would have infected him. More…

Identifying God Acting in Your Life Reply

footstepThe Apostles in the upper room, in this week’s Gospel (John 14:1-12), are having one of those awkward moments where they can’t see the work of God taking place right in front of them. This is awkward, because they’ve lived with Christ for the past three years, heard his words, seen his miracles, and even performed miracles in his name, and still, at this moment, they don’t see the Lord for who he is. We are like this sometimes. More…

Oh Death, Where Is Thy Sting? 6

On the Meaning of Suffering, Pain, and Death

Fr Joseph Tham

Fr Joseph Tham

A few years ago, I remember being at the scene of a traffic accident in the outskirts of Rome. The car apparently lost control and smashed into a tree.

The front of this small car was totally caved in with fumes and smoke coming out.  The police had not yet arrived, and so, dressed in clerical garb, I got out of the car to see if I could be of service. More…

Veritatis Splendor: A Lesson in Freedom, Truth and Human Dignity 2

Fr José LaBoy

Fr José LaBoy

Freedom of Choice: We are free to choose between x and y. We are not determined to necessarily choose x or y.

When speaking of John Paul II many titles have been used, but one not so frequently used is “the Pope of Freedom.” Ronald D. Lawler remarked that:

One cannot begin to speak of Wojtyla’s ethics without noting his passion for freedom… Wojtyla has lived under totalitarian rule long enough to care deeply for freedom.

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More Than Human: Towards a Better Understanding of the Catholic Church 3

Fr José LaBoy

Fr José LaBoy

I was recalling a before and after experience I had of the Last Judgment fresco painted by Michelangelo. I first saw it in the late 80’s. It was truly a magnificent fresco, but I left with a sad “I wish I could have seen it in its original splendor.” Five centuries of More…

Asking the Right Questions: On the Need for Interior Reflection Reply

Fr José LaBoy

Fr José LaBoy

John Paul II, back in 1985, began a series of Wednesday audiences later entitled “A Catechesis on the Creed”, divided into 3 parts, each dedicated to one of the persons of the Trinity: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. In the Wednesday audience on Jan. 9, 1985 he stated the following: More…