Before the Day of the Lord

St. Paul admonishes his flock not to be easily moved from their senses with terror, “as if the day of the Lord were at hand” (2 Thes. 2). That day will not come, he informs them, “unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” How areContinue reading “Before the Day of the Lord”

Our Own Judgment

All the saints recommend lifelong meditation on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Regarding the first, its chief characteristic is inevitability. No vaccine, swanky job, celebrity status, or social safety net will postpone our day of reckoning forever. And when that day comes, in comparison to eternity, our life will appear laughablyContinue reading “Our Own Judgment”

Our Lifelong Friend

The bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. But at last came also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Matthew 25: 10-12 A fundamental fact of eternalContinue reading “Our Lifelong Friend”

When (and How) to Judge

But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you or by man’s day: but neither do I judge my own self. Yet am I not hereby justified, but he that judges me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 According to St. Thomas Aquinas, One should have regard for men’s judgmentContinue reading “When (and How) to Judge”