Do not Be Deceived

Today is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, popularly known as the most skeptical member of the Lord’s inner circle. The more I reflect on the nature and fruit of his incredulity, the more it seems to me that Thomas’s hesitancy, and subsequent surrender, contain profound lessons on the nature of genuine faith. ProtestantsContinue reading “Do not Be Deceived”

True Philosophy

After standing up to bloodthirsty tyrants with holy cheek, Peter and John might have been disposed to boast of their victory. Instead, these “true philosophers,” as St. John Chrysostom calls them, return “to their own company,” and join them in a most sober and instructive prayer (Acts 4:23-31). These earliest of Christians reflect on theContinue reading “True Philosophy”

Look Upon Us

Give to everyone that asks thee. Luke 6:30 Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee. Acts 3:6 As St. Peter’s example shows, Christ’s command to give to everyone who asks something of us does not mean we must give everyone what they ask of us. Whether we measure ourContinue reading “Look Upon Us”

Only Jesus

For this is the will of God, your sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. Matthew 17:6 In the Transfiguration, Peter, James, and John saw their Lord in his undisguised sanctity. As he spoke familiarly to Moses and Elias (long since departed from this mortalContinue reading “Only Jesus”

The Secret of Sanctity

If you wish to think, write, and talk like apostles, prophets, and saints, abandon yourselves as they did to divine inspiration. Had the saints of the first days any other secret than that of becoming, moment by moment, what the divine action wished to make of them? And will that divine action fail to shedContinue reading “The Secret of Sanctity”