19 10, 2017

The Lord is King: Reflection on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By | 2017-10-19T13:54:21+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Seeking the Word|0 Comments

Back in the book of Samuel, after Israel had a long string of judges that couldn’t permanently keep Israel in line (this is the story of the book of Judges), Israel demanded God to put a king over them. God, working through the last judge, the priest Samuel, did so and set Saul over them as king. After Him we had the great king David, then Solomon, etc...

25 09, 2017

The Sequela Christi—Christ Our Model of Morality

By | 2017-09-24T20:48:49+00:00 September 25th, 2017|The Narrow Road|1 Comment

In the story of the rich young man’s encounter with Jesus, we see that the defining question of the encounter is, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16). Christ then lists off a few of the commandments to which the man boldly responds, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” What Jesus answers him in return is the centre of Gospel morality and the only way to life eternal: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Emphasis added). This “Come, follow me,” is what we call the Sequela Christi. This is the centre of discipleship with Christ—following Him. It consists in imitating Him, but also in letting Him enter our hearts through the Sacraments and prayer, and, by so doing, becoming...

18 09, 2017

Question: Do we need revelation to know that man’s last end (his goal) is heaven, or can we know this by human reason alone?

By | 2017-09-26T00:36:05+00:00 September 18th, 2017|The Narrow Road|0 Comments

To answer the question one must first define what is meant by heaven. If by heaven is meant a physical (necessarily so because of the resurrection of the body) and spiritual location somewhere other than this universe where all the saints will go to worship God eternally, then the answer is “no.” Heaven, in this sense, is a revealed doctrine and cannot be known by reason alone. However, if by heaven one means nothing more than...

11 09, 2017

Reason Enlightened by Faith — The Day-to-Day Role of Divine Revelation

By | 2017-09-11T15:11:35+00:00 September 11th, 2017|The Narrow Road|0 Comments

It is often claimed by vociferous atheists that the concept of faith is an offence against human rationality. There was a time a few years ago when I was roped into an atheist group on Facebook comprised of all sorts of atheists from Gibraltar—my hometown. I was the only “theist” in the group and I quickly became the piece of meat that one lion had brought for the others to feast on. What fun it was! I quickly realised that...

6 09, 2017

Harden Not Your Hearts: Reflection on the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

By | 2017-09-06T17:09:00+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Seeking the Word|2 Comments

Just as Ezekiel is chosen by God to watch over the house of Israel (God’s people) in our First Reading this Sunday, so too Jesus is appointing His watchmen over the New Israel in our Gospel. These new leaders of the house of Israel are given the extra-ordinary powers of “binding and loosing,” which, in basic terms, means that they...

4 09, 2017

St. Clare of Assisi — Foundress, Mother, Saint

By | 2017-09-04T14:07:27+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Saints|2 Comments

On the 11th of August, the Church celebrated the feast day of St. Clare of Assisi. Let me tell you why she’s super awesome, and let me show you using the language of Scripture to further show how St. Clare lived so close to God’s Word. St. Clare of Assisi was born into the upper class of an Italian family. Her mother frequently made pilgrimages and her father was a renowned noble of the town. Clare was actively sought after by the young men of Assisi as a potential wife, yet God had other plans...