The How and the Why

The How and the Why

To have any measure of appreciation and gratitude for what Jesus Christ accomplished in our behalf, we must remember these vital truths: Jesus Christ came to earth to do our Father’s will. He came with a foreknowledge that He would bear the burden of the sins of...
Our Desperate Needs

Our Desperate Needs

In the midst of our mortal predicament we have needs, even desperate needs. The first is for a mentor, an exemplar, one who has been over not just a similar road but an even far worse one. A person who can show us what we have it in us to do and to become. One who is...
An Empty Sacrament Table

An Empty Sacrament Table

One Sunday morning our teenage son stood with two other priests to administer the sacrament, as they had done on many prior occasions. They pulled back the white cloth, but to their dismay there was no bread. One of them slipped out to the preparation room in hopes...
Jesus Christ Paid the Debt

Jesus Christ Paid the Debt

After the fall of Adam . . . there was no way nor means by which man could be raised from the grave except through the death of the Divine One. A great and eternal law had been violated, and it required the death of a God, really, to atone for the broken law and to...
The Means of Escape

The Means of Escape

A man walking along the road happens to fall into a pit so deep and dark that he cannot climb to the surface and regain his freedom. How can he save himself from his own folly? Not by an exertions on his own part, for there is no means of escape in the pit.  He calls...
Why Did God Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

Why Did God Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

Matthew and Mark, the only Gospels that record this incident in detail, note that Jesus Christ felt forsaken by God without explaining why (see Matthew 26: 46; Mark 15:34). Later, commentators began to explore the imponderable; suggesting a variety of explanations why...
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