The Both/And of the Ultimate Value

Within a properly Christian context, the ultimate value, which positions and determines any other value is neither tolerance, nor diversity, nor inclusivity, but rather love. + To love is to will the good of the other as other. It is to break out of the black hole of one’s own self-regard and truly desire what […]

God, Shockingly Small

“I must go out into nature,” said Aaser, “If I am to find my God. He doesn’t submit to be shut up in a low, narrow church built by men.” Paul thought it was rather nauseating to hear such things said. Besides, he had a vague suspicion that a God who submitted to confined in […]

We are the sum of the Father’s love for us…

We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son. —St. John Paull II, from a homily on July 28, 2002 at the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto

On Life and Death… But Most of All On Love

—from the end of an article/interview with author Kate DiCamillo, speaking about her dog Henry Losing Henry, “it breaks your heart — it is the lesson of life just made so explicit,” she said. “Because your heart goes, ‘I will never do that again.’ But then you think, what’s the point of being here if […]

Won’t Fix Your Life in Five Easy Steps

Hold Us Together by Matt Maher from the album Alive Again + No Greater Love by Matt Maher from the album Alive Again

To Advance in the Love of God

How comes it that we are not so advanced in the love of God as St. Augustine, St. Francis, etc.?  …it is because God has not given us the grace. But why has he not given us the grace? Because we did not correspond to his inspirations as we should have done. —St. Francis de […]

Towards an Incarnation

Love always tends towards an incarnation. In order that human life might be preserved and continued, God implanted two great appetites and pleasures in man. One is the pleasure of eating to preserve the corporal life of the individual; the other is the pleasure of marriage to preserve the life of the race —From Peace of […]