Thousands anxiously seek strange devotions and apparent extraordinary phenomena. But Jesus is really with us. Why don’t we go to Mass every day? Why don’t we make visits to the Blessed Sacrament? It is because we really don’t believe. We believe that God is a distant God. But, he is not distant. He is really with us. Close to the tabernacle a candle burns brightly as a permanent reminder that God is with us. God is truly present and he reveals himself to all those who believe.
Some within the Catholic blogosphere and on social networks are responding to the news of the two speakers at the annual Al Smith Dinner on October 18th with some rather uncharitable words. We will not join them
We all take as a given that the goal of Christianity is entering into eternal life; however, attaining this goal requires intense daily effort on our part. The spiritual life is not an easy endeavor because of our wounded human nature. True, Baptism washes away Original Sin, but we are left with the effects of Original Sin. We do not have complete control over ourselves. The spiritual life is a continual battle.