Jesus

Jesus

Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus   The Lord Jesus promised, Whatever you ask in my name I will do —John 14:13 His precious name contains everything that the Son of God received in His incarnation, Jesus By assuming our humanity, The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it:   —CCC 2666 The invocation of the holy name of Jesus, is the simplest way of praying always. When the Holy name is repeated often by a humbly attentive heart, the prayer is not lost by heaping up empty phrases, but holds fast to the word “and brings forth fruit with patience.” This prayer is possible “at all times” because it is not one occupation among others but the only occupation: that of loving God which transfigures every action...

Christmas changed everything

Christmas changed everything

  But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might have adoption as sons. —Galatians 4:4-5     ” And this is how Christmas changed everything. By establishing the conditions for our adoption as children of God— By bringing about a certain identification between man and God and Jesus Christ.”   There is no greater gift than this. Merry Christmas.   +PAX  quote: Joy to the World- Scott Hahn, p...

Part II: I hope you’re right

Part II: I hope you’re right

  The surgery was late because of an emergency C section and my mom and I sat together in an oversized chair like college roommates, sharing the earphones connected to my Iphone which was playing a rosary app. And the elevator doors across the hall opened. Let’s just say two men I know very well– exited…and they’re successful doctors in their own right…who have lots of questions about religion and God and usually once that conversation gets rolling it has never failed to heat up a room. This is the hospital where I have heard so many great testimonies of God’s amazing grace and written about them, where I’ve heard people tell me their heartfelt sorrows, been privileged to dry their tears, where I’ve prayed a...

I understand the mystery as this….

I understand the mystery as this….

  Baptism, (especially infant baptism) was one of the things I fought hard against in my Protestant days. For the most part, evangelicals don’t believe it’s necessary for salvation. It’s not essential to being ‘born again.’ No, for them baptism is simply done in imitation of Christ, because to say it’s necessary would mean salvation required— ‘a work.’ They teach it’s important for discipleship, but there’s no special grace that comes from it; it’s simply an outward profession of an inward change done in obedience as a witness to conversion. There’s no sacramental economy in evangelicalism. Remember– they teach…faith alone saves you . I wish I had the time to write out...

Turn and Live

Turn and Live

  I think all our great learning has made us mad. Not however, the way the apostle Paul was accused of by Festus in Acts 26:19-30, when in making his defense before King Agrippa, he declared to him that he had been obedient to the Heavenly vision, announcing to those in Damascus, Jerusalem, throughout the country of Judea and to the Gentiles that, they should repent, turn to God and perform deeds worthy of repentance. —vs 19 The Scriptures say that for that very reason, he was seized by the Jews in the temple and they tried to kill him. (vs 21) For this defense Festus said, Paul, you are mad; you’re great learning is turning you mad. And Paul responded, I am not mad most excellent Festus, but I am speaking the sober truth. —vs.24-25 No, we...