Posts Tagged ‘Christian life’

Messy music

Monday, March 13th, 2017

A group of people stood outside the airport waiting for a bus. Behind us, a young worker in an orange jacket was singing a song, a sweet voice, words indistinct. Further back a man whistled a different tune. Sometimes the sounds collided, sometimes they harmonised. They were backed by the percussion of hammers and steel Read more

Why make a shame of the cross?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

I became Catholic like St. Paul did: From the minute I encountered Christ, everything changed. I had a fiancé, four kids and three step children. I was sure that after getting married in the Catholic Church, everyone around me would see the differences in my life and I would be Catholic forever. I thought my Read more

When religion makes people worse

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Religion can do a great job helping believers discern right from wrong. Religion can help believers relate kindly and justly to other people. And religion can stiffen the will of believers when they face unjust suffering for their faith. I was taught these things when I studied Christian ethics, and they continue to motivate me in my work Read more

Things to fast from this Lent apart from chocolate

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Chocolate, candy, and sweets are common Lenten sacrifices, but giving up the same thing every year can begin to feel like a routine rather than a sacrifice. Fasting should be a meaningful gesture of self-denial out of love for God. All the better if it helps us grow in self-control and deeper appreciation for various Read more

Pope: Christian life is a whole, not a collection of bits

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Christian life is not a “collage of things”, like attending Mass, Pope Francis has said. “It is a harmonious whole, harmonious, and the Holy Spirit does it!” he explained. “He renews all things: he renews our heart, our life, and makes us live differently, but in a way that takes up the whole of our Read more