Hail the Cross, our Only Hope! Once upon a time, dying on the Cross meant suffering just about the worst possible fate. It meant an unimaginable torture, brutality, and shame. Romans reserved the Cross for the worst criminals and enemies of the Empire.
Once a young businessman was sharing a compartment on a train with an elderly gentleman. When he noticed the old fellow quietly and intently praying with his Rosary, the young man made fun of him for his ‘superstition’ and told him that science had rendered the beliefs of religion irrelevant.
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Peter Kreeft, a philosophy Professor at Boston College, is the author of a book called '40 Reasons Why I am a Catholic.' Kreeft is a convert to the faith, who reasoned his way into the Catholic Church by chasing the truth, through intense research, and following it wherever it led him.
The medieval world esteemed Saint Louis the ideal king. His parents’ influence was paramount in shaping him. His mother, Queen Blanche, took St. Louis to recite the services of the Divine Office and to attend two Masses each day. She took special care to instill in her young son the highest reverence for matters of virtue and religion.
Friends, vows in scripture are serious business. Also in our own day. Seriously consider before making a vow to God. Three days ago, a visiting priest, Father Larry Jerge, shared that August 16th marked the 60th anniversary of his first vows to live the evangelical vows of voluntary poverty, perpetual chastity, and perfect obedience. Wow!
What a blessing! Imagine the blessing of living some thirty years in the same little village as Jesus. Maybe you and He escape the heat of summer as children by wading into the cool refreshing waters of the Sea of Galilee. Or He brings you into the workshop where you watch Joseph plaining a sturdy, sweet-scented, cedar board to be used for a family dining table.