Christ appeals to the beginning, to the human heart, and finally to the resurrection. As a focal point for this reflection, John Paul homed in on Jesus’ discussion with the Sadducees: “There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children; and the second took her, and died, leaving..
In the last Theology of the Body post, we saw Christ appeal to the beginning in his debate with the Pharisees concerning divorce. He led us back to Genesis so that we could see man as God created him to be. Christ conveyed to the Pharisees, and to us, an “integral vision of man”. Whereas..
In Matthew’s gospel, we see Christ “appeal to the beginning” in one of his many debates with the Pharisees, this one concerning divorce. It goes like this: And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that..
Ours is a world in a dire state of confusion. There is no widespread agreement on the questions of where we come from, where we find ourselves, or where we’re going. Still less is there agreement over the nature of the world, or our place in it. More recent years have seen doubt cast over..
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18) This present world is full to the brim with fear, and this truth is presented to us in a million different ways every day…
The art of debate and conversation have certainly been in better places. Rarely, at least in my own experience, are people persuaded through dialogue. In my own case, I find I’m all too ready to adopt defensive positions when I encounter a new or opposing perspective. Too often, our speech doesn’t say what we think..
If you’re at all like me you’ve suffered setback after setback, on every level, over the past month or so. You’ve seen your plans for your relationship, career, social life, exercise, travel, and whatever else, disrupted along with everyone else’s as the pandemic swept over us and the lockdown descended. But the upset didn’t end..
The past couple of weeks have seen life move from the exterior to the interior for the majority of us. And at least in my case, that has been a largely uncomfortable process. No matter how good our intentions, as humans we find ourselves repeatedly falling into ruts and predictable patterns of behaviour, and this..
I recently completed Saint Augustine’s Confessions and one defining feature of his work, and of the saint, was the ability to ask questions. He asked questions about everything, from the experience of being a baby, to the nature of time and eternity, all the way through to the obviously “saintly” questions concerning God and His..
Life has changed radically in the space of weeks, Lent being forced upon us this year. With our lives dominated by these unorthodox circumstances it would be easy to lose sight of the goal, and I have already seen this playing out in my own life. I have been reading too much news, partaking in..