Tagged: hope

The Lord has not forgotten you

The Advent and Christmas seasons are emotionally impactful for me, even more than Lent and Easter. How can this be? Lent prepares us for Christ’s Passion and on Easter we celebrate his Resurrection. It is when we celebrate how he...

The Lord has not forgotten you

The Synod, Christian dialogue, and a lesson on hope

When the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops released its preparatory document for the Synod for a Synodal Church in September, one of the items highlighted was a statement that “dialogue between Christians of different confessions, united by one...

The Synod, Christian dialogue, and a lesson on hope

Advent is a Season of “Hoping With”

My very liturgically-minded husband strongly believes—and advocates for—the correct implementation of the Advent season. It starts with no decorations before December 17 (that’s when the “O Antiphons” begin.) It continues with observing the emphases of the two foci of Advent’s...

Advent is a Season of “Hoping With”

God, evil, and hope

The German cardinal Walter Kasper opens the first chapter of his book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life by describing the twentieth century as “a horrible century in many respects.” Continuing his deplorable description...

God, evil, and hope

Fear of Hell or the Joy of the Gospel?

If hell is empty, as some hope, does this fundamentally alter our evangelical zeal? Paul Krause, writing for Crisis Magazine, thinks so. He argues that without a recognition of what Christ has saved us “from,” then we risk completely misunderstanding...

Fear of Hell or the Joy of the Gospel?

Christmas gives us hope in a time of crisis

I want to begin my Christmas 2020 reflection with the first four stanzas of the poem Esperanza by Alexis Valdés, a Cuban-American poet based in Miami, Florida. When the storm passes and the roads are tamed, and we are the...

Christmas gives us hope in a time of crisis

Faith, Hope, Love: Antidotes for the Pandemic and Beyond

The Christian story began amidst great turmoil: The passion, suffering, and crucifixion of Jesus; the continuing doubts, even after the Resurrection; the long and brutal persecution; and the dispersal of believers across the Roman Empire. This was the context of...

Faith, Hope, Love: Antidotes for the Pandemic and Beyond

Who Are Viganò’s Children of Light?

Judging strictly on its merits, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s open letter to President Donald Trump deserves only the response one should give to any other instance of online trolling: the silent treatment. Trolls tend to burn themselves out when they...

Who Are Viganò’s Children of Light?