Even Little Saints See the Face of God: St. Servulus, Tiny Tim, and the Nativity
Servulus is truly an admirable model of heroic virtue. In spite of a lifetime of constant suffering, he was filled with gratitude to his Creator, and was completely devoted to Him, as signified by his name (Servulus means “little slave”). Moreover, despite his own absolute poverty, he was keenly aware of the need of others.
From Small Beginnings: the 4th Sunday of Advent
We can see the Old Testament prophecirs come to fruition in the New Testament in a literal way in the birth of Jesus the Messiah in Bethlehem. As always, however, there are deeper and deeper layers of truth underneath the surface . . .
Only in The Lord: St. Nicasius and Advent
St. Nicasius understood that human righteousness would overawe neither Huns nor Vandals. He himself put his trust in the Lord.
What Is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?
What is Man? When I look at the Heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars which thou hast established; What is man that thou art mindful of him, And the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, And dost crown […]
A Thorny Problem: the Body and Blood of Christ
A Thorny Problem A thorny problem indeed. It’s so hard for us truly to accept that the Infinite God of the Universe could fully inhabit a human body, and be both True God and True Man. I was often reminded of just how thorny a problem this is for us when I used to […]
The Power of Love: St. Julia of Corsica
The governor approached Julia directly, offering to free her if only she would sacrifice to the pagan gods. She answered that she was “as free as she desired to be as long as she was allowed to serve Jesus Christ.”
The Church’s First Decision: St. Matthias
The Church’s First Decision The Church’s first decision (of consequence, anyway) concerned the first successor to the Apostles. That would be the choice of today’s saint, St. Matthias, whom the Apostles designated to take the vacant place of Judas among the twelve. How the Apostles came to their decision gives us an enlightening look at […]
Feed My Sheep: Love, Forgiveness, and Grace
God is always the initiator, inviting us to share His Grace. And He’s always willing to move a little closer, if it will bring us closer to Him . . . even to the point of becoming one of us.
Truth is “a Thing” – St. Athanasius in the 21st Century
The Church is supposed to be a Sign of Contradiction (Luke 2:34). If all she offers in the face of sin is a Nod and a Wink, however, what is she teaching? How is any distinction possible between her teaching and what the Conventional Wisdom has on offer? Do we not then give tacit assent?
How Star Trek Explains Faith
Star Trek explains faith? How does it do that? Star Trek Explains This isn’t just an excuse to write about one of my favorite television franchises. I have a serious point. Really. My thesis here is that the TV show that promises to take us “where no man has gone before” can help us understand what faith […]