Suffering & the Modern Secular Person

All people suffer in life and most of them cannot understand why. This is particularly problematic for the secular person, who we will loosely define as the kind of person who does not believe in anything beyond his senses, including God and an afterlife. Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher, was such a person. For Epicurus, […] Source: Suffering & the Modern Secular...

St. John Paul II on the Joy in Finding Meaning in Suffering

Joy is our ability to sense spiritual attainment, the carrot to the stick of suffering, which guides us home along the path of righteousness as surely as a beacon in a stormy harbor. At the beginning of our spiritual journey, it can be hard to see the joy; particularly when we are experiencing suffering as […] Source: St. John Paul II on the Joy in Finding Meaning in...

Sixth Monday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sixth Monday of Easter Time May 27, 2019 WORD of the DAY When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you. (John 15: 26, 16: 4 ) How shall I live this Word? Inhabited by the Spirit, we can make sense of the evil that knocks forcefully at our door, without being surprised. Jesus clearly announced to the disciples that His life will stumble against the scandal of pain and persecution. With the maturity and confidence of those we have known for a long time, we can receive solid nourishment, because we trust...