The Parable of the Dishonest Steward has much to teach us about judgment and mercy, but it can be a difficult one to understand. The steward, who is being fired for his dishonesty, seems to use further dishonesty to secure his future and get commended by the master who is firing him. What on earth is Jesus talking about here? To help extract some of the lessons from it, let’s take a look at a modern-day corollary: the Parable of George, the Creative Insurance Adjuster.
Have you checked out Catholic Stand, a website dedicated to providing perspectives and education on Church teachings? We contribute one column per month, always on the third Saturday of each month, and our latest just came out a few days ago. This month’s post explores marital unity and discuss the Four Goods of Marriage â€“ partnership, permanence, fidelity, and fruitfulness.
Many major news organizations are reporting on the papal election process with little understanding of how it actually works. Considering that most people get their news from non-Catholic sources, you may be encountering some confusion on the part of your friends and colleagues. Here are two short, entertaining, accurate video resources to help you answer their questions.
At the time of his election to the papacy in 2005, I recall thinking Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was a wise, if unspectacular, choice. â€œHeâ€™ll be a good transition Pope,â€ I thought. â€œHe may not serve long, but he can help the papacy move out from under the shadow the of the JP2 legacy. He will make it easier for the Church to move forward with his successor in a few years. He wonâ€™t cast too large a shadow himself.â€ What did I know, anyway?
While reflecting on today’s Mass readings, a day we celebrate the Transfiguration, I am moved by words written by the Holy Father.
“The Transfiguration is a prayer event; it displays visibly what happens when Jesus talks with his Father: the profound interpenetration of his being with God, which then becomes pure light. In his oneness with the Father, Jesus is himself “light from light.” The reality that he is in the deepest core of his being, which Peter tried to express in his confessionâ€”that reality becomes perceptible to the senses at this moment: Jesus being in the light of God, his own being-light as Son.” From Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI.
How often have you heard some guy refer to his wife as “The Old Ball-and-Chain” or some other derogatory term? Nice witness to the sanctity of marriage, right? We can do better — much better! Living in a culture that readily objectifies women and seeks to redefine marriage, it’s up to us men to turn the tide. A good way to start is by properly honoring our wives, even when they’re not in our presence. To honor my beautiful wife Lisa on St. Valentine’s Day, I present five reasons why I love my wife.
Announcing our St. Valentine’s Day 2013 “Why I Love My Wife” link-up event. Join me in rejecting a culture of locker-room talk that objectifies and degrades the women we love. Instead, let’s proclaim the Divine Gifts that they are to us. Strengthen your marriage by building up your wife. The gushing begins in just three days.