Obedience

Cana and Calvary

At Cana, Our Lord was referring to Calvary and saying that the time appointed for beginning the task of Redemption was not yet at hand. His mother was asking for a miracle; He was implying that a miracle worked as a sign of His Divinity would be the beginning of His death. The moment he […]

The Only Recorded Acts of Christ’s Childhood

The only acts of Christ’s childhood which are recorded are acts of obedience—obedience to His Heavenly Father and to His earthly parents. The foundation of obedience to man, He taught, is obedience to God. The elders who serve not God find that the young serve them not. —from Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen, Ch. […]

Sincerity, Humility, and Obedience

And again, I would like to say three words to the soul that is determined to strive for sanctity and to derive fruit; that is to say, benefit from confession. First [word] — complete sincerity and openness. Even the holiest and wisest confessor cannot forcibly pour into the soul what he desires if it is […]

From the Whisper in Eden to the God Within

If pushed too far, the quest for a “Supreme Self” can blur into the most ancient human temptation, the whisper in Eden that “ye shall be as gods.” + But the strictures that orthodoxy places on its mystical seekers, […] they’re a useful reminder that the promptings of one’s inner self aren’t necessarily identical to […]

Obedience Cubed

For a Christian who wishes to distinguish himself before God,” writes Adrienne von Speyr, “there is always the possibility of trying to do great things on one’s own, but that does not go very far. True growth consists in placing oneself, without reserve, at the disposal of the Lord’s will, which is still unknown. This […]

A Series of Fortunate Exchanges

It is quite a wrong thing, therefore, to say that you “give up” something during Lent. Our Lord never asked us to give up anything; He asked us to exchange: “What exchange shall a man give for his soul?” When someone is in love with God, he finds that there are somethings he can get […]

The One Thing Necessary

I had learned some things about God and Jesus, about heaven, and about good and evil in church and Sunday school. Like most children at that age, I was a bit confused and overwhelmed by it all, especially by what this great being called God expected of me. I felt a little insecure, I guess, […]