Tag: Salvation

Bowl Eligible

I love this season of the year. I love the crispness in the air and the colors of the leaves changing. While I don’t like the shortening of our days, I like how nature is telling us that time and change stop for no one. The Church is in accord with...

Dare We Hope

Several years ago, I published an essay for my blog the Gospel Truth that contained my musings on life after death. It created some interesting feedback. My treatment of salvation caused the greatest concern. My main critic erroneously thought that...

What’s in a Name?

As the Bard of Avon questioned several hundred years ago in Romeo and Juliet, What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. Personally, I think it would mean a great deal. Stinkweed, Skunk...

Regarding Narrow Gates

The image of a grandiose, endless banquet is the most common image used in Holy Scripture to describe heaven. It is the lavish wedding feast of Christ, the Lamb of God, and his Bride, the Church. It is meant to have all nations and all peoples as...

The Seed of God’s Word

Our reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (17:22-24) offers us impressive yet subtle clues as to how the Kingdom of God is and how it is designed to affect us. I know of skillful gardeners who can get sprigs, torn from rosemary or similar...

Reaffirming the Story of Salvation

The Nicene Creed summarizes Catholic teaching about Jesus in these words: “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God . . . For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven . . . For our sake he was...

Our Salvation is Totally Unmerited

It happens often, especially to impress someone that kids brag about their parents or older siblings. “My dad is a lawyer; mine is a doctor; my mom is the vice-president of that famous Company; my brother is the quarterback of the high school team.”...

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...