What is Faith?

Faith is not the subject of scientific investigation and analysis, nor is it  the product of reason and our brains, but rather the ontological experience of the presence of God in our hearts and minds.  Faith is participation in the grace and glory of God, it is the Revelation of the Truth of God in our hearts and lives and in the world as a whole. Faith does not require complicated thinking,…

But What Did Jesus Actually Say?

You can’t read the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. Ch. 5 – 7) without coming away disturbed. Perhaps that’s why we don’t hear too much sermonizing based on Jesus’ longest sermon (and perhaps his only sermon recorded in the Gospels if you count Luke’s version as a different telling of the same sermon). We don’t hear many sermons based on these words because in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus seems to…

Swimming Above The Hands Of Our Teacher

Recently I have encountered several people who are in distress because they don’t feel that they are doing some aspect of their spiritual life correctly. They experience stress, depression, fear, even trembling and extreme anxiety because, for example, they fear they aren’t fasting correctly, or are not believing completely in the resurrection (or incarnation or the authority of the Church), or are not confessing well, or are not attentive enough in divine…