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Christian Hope

Christian Hope

"If we die..."   On Easter Sunday morning in 2019 the Sri Lankan Church was devasted after three churches in the Archdiocese of Colombo were attacked by three Suicide Bombers during Easter Sunday Masses. 269 Catholics were killed and many severely wounded and...

5 Ways to Help Souls in Purgatory This November

5 Ways to Help Souls in Purgatory This November

During the month of November, the Church remembers in a special way all those who have died. This begins with a joyful celebration of all the saints and continues into the more somber remembrance of all those who have died but have not yet entered fully into the...

The Council of Nicaea and the God Puzzle

The Council of Nicaea and the God Puzzle

“I believe in one God, the Father almighty…”    Every Sunday we say these words. They’re part of what’s called the Nicene creed. It was mostly written in 325 AD in modern day Turkey. A large group of bishops got together in a city called Nicaea to settle some...

What is Faith?

What is Faith?

St. Paul in Athens   There’s a very curious episode in the Bible when Paul tries to tell some Athenians about Christianity. Paul points to an altar in the city dedicated to the “unknown god” and then, not mentioning Jesus,...

A Journey through Mark

A Journey through Mark

Mark: a masterpiece of storytelling   The Gospel of Mark is truly a masterpiece of storytelling. The whole gospel is organized around the cross. Jesus is racing, so it seems, toward the cross. This is why in the first half of the book, the word “immediately”...

Sin, Hell, & Jesus

Sin, Hell, & Jesus

  We might ask, “If God is all-loving, why is there a hell?” Or, similarly, “Why do people die?” The Christian response has always been: because we choose to sin. Our purpose here is to delve into this mystery. In particular, we want to discuss what sin is, why...