Science, Faith…and Love

Steve, a scientist, attended a class I taught for parents of students in our Religious Education program. One day I opened up the class by asking if any of them had a question or comment they cared to share.

Steve soon let it be known that he was struggling with his faith and said, “As a scientist I collect data, then observe and measure it.” After he and I spent some time discussing what science can and cannot do, we agreed on a number of points.…

The Holy Family at Christmas: Model of Faith and Love

The miracle of Christmas, centered on the birth of Christ, reminds the faithful of the beauty and holiness of the Holy Family: Mary and Joseph adore the Christ Child.

The importance of the Holy Family’s example of faith and love is essential for families, as the feast of the Holy Family — which is celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas — reminds us.…

Marriage: Sacrament of Enduring Love

The Second Vatican Council, and later Pope John Paul II, expressed in marvelous terms Catholic teaching about the identity and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Christ the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling.” The Son of God who was made flesh sought to reveal one principal thing about our most high calling, the sublimity of our vocation: we are called to love in truth, to love in a way that participates in and reflects the love of the Father.…

Marriage as a Sacrament

Jack Rigert

It was not until I was married and my wife delivered our first child that I got a glimpse into the Love of the Trinity in a concrete way. Holding our daughter in my arms for the first time and looking at my wife, I was overwhelmed by this new person that she had just delivered.…

Avoiding Fatal Attractions

Love and Responsibility
Edward P. Sri
From the May/June 2005 Issue of Lay Witness Magazine (for the original posting, click here)

 

A man eating lunch at a restaurant notices an attractive woman at another table, and is immediately drawn to her beauty.…

What is Authentic Love?

Jeff Galush

This is a question the world has been asking since Adam and Eve took a bite out of the apple. It is probably not surprising that modern society is very confused by this question. For instance, from the perspective of much of the entertainment industry, love has been pretty much reduced to a sexual act.…

The Family in God’s Image

Linda Pieper

What do you think of when you hear the word “family”? For many of us, it recalls our childhood family of origin – dad, mom, and siblings. For others it is our present nuclear family including our spouse and children.…