The poor must be not only validated as created in the image of God but individualized as each carrying their own unique talents, and, conversely, needs.Read more
Real radicalism is the one where we won a war against ourselves, the one where we take control over ourselves and we root out evil and low passions out of our hearts. To be maturely gentle takes more maturity than to be rough. To show respect to the one I disagree with is more difficult than to belittle him.
We speak of a love that is open to the other, precisely because they are made in the imago dei. That love comes with it an extraordinary risk that can never be hedged: those whom we love might never love us back.
If tolerance remains mere enduring of the other, soon it will transform into latent accumulation of hatred in society. We stopped killing each other with guns, but we hate and kill each other with words.
This angelism has been a recurring intellectual error of Western civilization, and since Descartes has most often served as the more or less “official” post-Enlightenment understanding of man.
On this Independence Day, Christians should consider which political vision is more in tune with the moral teachings of Christ. I think especially of the Good Samaritan, whose sense of kinship extended beyond his own religious community to all humanity, even his natural enemies.
Amoris Laetitia is without question a watershed in the life of the Church. But to read Pope Francis’s every decision in its exclusive light would be a mistake, and is ironically blind to Francis’s broad and substantial capacity for spiritual discernment in his own right.
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, (1 Cor 3), he reprimands them for quarreling amongst themselves and identifying as followers of either Paul or Apollos rather than recognizing that Christ used both Paul and Apollos at different times to evangelize the Corinthians. We might say the same today about those who think themselves followers of Benedict or of Francis.
Friendship is a lame virtue. It consists in unconvincing, uninspiring, dull interactions.
While orthodox Catholics share with traditional Evangelicals the conviction that abortion and sodomitic marriages are morally problematic, their views diverge sharply when it comes to the liturgy, sacraments, and ecclesial authority.