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.
Sure, when I lifted my son up to that statue I was being light-hearted, but the gesture was not entirely symbolic. It was my way of confirming to myself that I had truly given all I have back to Christ through Mary. Even that willful little boy.
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.
Once we see life properly, we will find that the goods of this life (pleasure, comfort, wealth, power, fame, etc.) aren’t what really make us happy. Poverty of Spirit, meekness, justice and the other beatitudes are the true way to happiness. It seems like a total paradox, but its the gospel truth!