June 20, 2020
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Our Role in God’s Plan of Salvation

According to legend, a holy married couple in Nazareth, who had been childless for many years, was blessed with a son—and they were informed in a dream that the boy’s name was to be Joseph. They carefully raised their child in their Jewish faith...

Today, Salvation Has Come to This House

What a tremendous piece of good news! Oh, how I wish that was true of my two sisters’ families in Italy: to have the Lord drop in for a visit as they struggle, not only financially, but also with pain, doubts and anxieties! Oh, how I wish that the...

The Problem with Wide Gates

A careful reading of the Gospels reveals the utter amazement of the crowds over the fact that Jesus taught with authority and convincing force. Apparently, they were accustomed to hearing nice, soothing words of reassurance, compromises and watered...

Has Salvation Lost Its Meaning?

Salvation has always been the most important concept for Christians. Their core belief, regardless of denomination, is that from the beginning human sinfulness barred us from heaven, but God in his mercy sent his Son to atone for our sins and make...

The Catholic Church and Salvation, Part 4

Part 1 documented that “Outside the Church there is no salvation” has been a consistent Catholic teaching. Part 2 examined the current confusion that surrounds the doctrine. Part 3 suggested that the Church has not changed it because it fears...

The Catholic Church and Salvation, Part 3

Part 1 documented that “Outside the Church there is no salvation” has been a consistent Catholic teaching for many centuries. Part 2 examined the current confusion that surrounds the doctrine and ended by wondering whether that confusion is a sign...

The Catholic Church and Salvation, Part 2

Part 1 documented that “Outside the Church there is no salvation” has been a consistent Catholic teaching for many centuries. The essay quoted thirteen popes from Innocent III to John Paul II, named five prominent scholar-saints who supported the...

The Catholic Church and Salvation

Some years ago a close friend told me of an experience she had in the early 1950s. A recent convert to Catholicism at the time, she was talking to a priest about the death of her grandfather, a Congregationalist minister whom she described as the...