Respecting Authority and civic Law

Jesus confirms John’s teaching Jewish leaders often challenged Jesus, yet he encouraged us to respect all legitimateauthority. For example, when the Scribes and Pharisees try to trap our Lord, dragging before hima woman they caught in adultery: should we obey...

Family (Social) Participation

Children often complain and criticize parents and their rules, especially when they don’t get to do what they want. Citizens often do the same with governmental leaders and laws. Yet our responsibility goes beyond obeying legitimate authorities and laws. As children...

Honoring our merciful father

We honor our parents not because they give us what we want but because they represent our merciful God who gives us his loving and life-giving Spirit: What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an...

Civic Responsibility and the Freedom of Religion

Civic Responsibility Freedom (in temporal affairs) Truth (Holy Intransigence) and Charity (Holy Tolerance) Pursuing the Political Common Good Our Civic and Political Obligation One Party Politics A Voter’s Guide: Do We Need One? Choose a Spouse… a Parent Voter’s...

Mercy and Forgiveness

Mercy and Forgiveness Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of forgiving others: Jesus does not say, “Blessed are those who plot revenge.” He calls “blessed” those who forgive and do so “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). We need to think of ourselves as an...