Lex Cordis Caritas - The law of the heart is Love

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May 03, 2020
On Good Friday morning, I did a radio interview with Sam Madonia on his AM Springfield program. He asked a question that I’m sure is on the minds of many people: Where is God in this coronavirus pandemic? I answered that God permits evil so that he may bring good from it, as we saw how his own son Jesus was allowed to suffer and die on the cross so that we might be saved from our sins. Thinking about this question since then, others have noted that our society has removed God from our public schools, our movies and television programs, indeed from much of public life. God respects our freedom, so if we ask him to go away, why are we surprised that he seems to have left us in times of calamity?
April 19, 2020
While all of us fear death to some extent, it should come as no surprise that death is especially frightening to those who do not believe in God. After all, if there is no life after death, the prospect of collapsing into nothingness is rightfully terrifying. So instead of thinking about what happens after death, such people prefer to replace such thoughts with happy memories. Thus, “celebrations of life” and “memorial gardens” look to the past, while people of faith look to the future with confident hope of a better life to come.
April 05, 2020
As we all try to cope as best we can under these circumstances, it is crucial that we not forget the role that our faith can and must have in the midst of a crisis such as this. While attention rightfully focuses on the advice of health care experts and the decisions that government officials must make to protect public health and safety, we must at the same time keep God front and center in our awareness and maintain a vigorous life of prayer, trusting in God’s providence to deliver us from evil and affliction. Perhaps it is fitting that this scourge has descended upon us during Lent, a time of offering prayers, almsgiving, penance and fasting in atonement for our sins.
March 22, 2020
We are living in a time of great anxiety and uncertainty as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Health care experts and government officials are indicating what the proper responses should be in terms of the natural means of confronting this crisis. This response in the realm of science and medicine is critically important, but it is not the only response needed. We as people of faith must also consider the supernatural measures that are needed to respond properly to this health care emergency. Fortunately, we have two thousand years of history that provide stellar examples of how Christians respond in times of sickness and disease.
March 08, 2020
It is not uncommon today to hear people criticize organized religion in general and the Catholic Church in particular as being too preoccupied with rules rather than love. What such critics fail to realize, however, is that rules help to specify how a loving person is supposed to behave. Without rules, love is empty sentimentality. Without love, rules are simply cold and arbitrary regulations.
February 23, 2020
In an article entitled, “The Dangerous Denial of Sex,” published in the February 14, 2020 issue of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Colin M. Wright and Emma N. Hilton argue that “transgender ideology harms women, gays—and especially feminine boys and masculine girls.” It should be noted that Colin Wright is an evolutionary biologist at Penn State and Emma Hilton is a developmental biologist at the University of Manchester. They point out, “In humans, reproductive anatomy is unambiguously male or female at birth more than 99.98% of the time. . . . No third type of sex cell exists in humans, and therefore there is no sex ‘spectrum’ or additional sexes beyond male and female. Sex is binary.”
February 09, 2020
A little-known fact of Illinois trivia is that the southern tip of the State of Illinois is closer to the State of Louisiana than to Chicago. This may be true in terms of shared values as well as in geography. While politicians from Chicago are trying to make Illinois the most abortion-friendly state in the Union, government officials in Louisiana are actively seeking to bring the murderous practice of killing unborn babies to an end in their state.
January 26, 2020
We are celebrating Catholic Schools Week this year from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” All schools seek for their students to learn, but Catholic schools aim for their students to learn the truth. In our relativistic world today, claims to knowing the truth are often met with skepticism by those who believe that you can have your truth and I can have my truth, but there is no such thing as “the truth.” However, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). People of faith know this truth. Public schools cannot teach this. Catholic schools exist precisely to teach the truth about Jesus, so that students of Catholic schools will learn that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life, and that the path to eternal happiness with God the Father in heaven is through Jesus.
January 12, 2020
So why should you come to Mass every week? First and foremost, being a Christian is about a relationship, namely, our relationship with Jesus as Our Lord and Savior. That means that Jesus loves us and cares deeply about us. In return, he asks us to love him and care deeply about him as well. Most of us have no problem with that.
December 22, 2019
What does Christmas mean to you? Did it start with shopping on Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, or even sooner? Are there long lists of gifts to buy? Does this season involve spending lots of time putting up Christmas decorations? Is there a stream of holiday parties to attend? Do you send many greeting cards, either by postal service or email or both? Christmas means many or all of the above for most of us. But the most important question about the meaning of Christmas is this: Will you attend Mass on Christmas? Because that is the essence of Christmas: Christ’s Mass.