Recently, I had the honor of presenting a paper at an academic conference centered on Aquinas as a Biblical Theologian. Academic discussions can seem disconnected from and irrelevant to our daily lives, but perhaps I can briefly attempt to persuade otherwise. Many of the problems in the world today in some sense trickle down from […]
Throughout Jesus’ life on earth, he was moved the Holy Spirit through the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that he had. We who are baptized, and especially we who are confirmed, have the same gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have been given the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord.
Frankly friends, this is a battle for the soul of our children that I do not take lightly, and one that I know comes with a tremendous amount of heartache and frustration. The light of Christ does shine in the darkness of our youth culture, but you have to really strain to see it. When you see that light, it will remind you of why you volunteered to teach youth in the first place.
Virtue makes us different from dogs, cats, monkeys, dogs, spiders, and worm food. Virtue is the power that forms us into who we are meant to be. It’s how to live better lives and be happy. It’s about love.
Bishop Joseph Strickland, founder of St. Philip Institute, offers clear teachings explaining the importance of the most holy Eucharist; as well as practical tips on how we can rekindle our amazement at the Blessed Sacrament.