The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas isn’t over yet! While many in our culture are already packing up the Christmas decorations, we are just beginning to celebrate Christ’s birth in the Church!

Here is a great article by CCH advisory board member, Dr. Peter Kreeft, that will help you and your family “look deeper” into the meaning of Christmas.

Merry Christmas from your team at CatholicsComeHome.org!

Human Personhood Begins at Conception

How do you respond to arguments that an unborn child is not a human person yet? Learn how in CCH theological advisory board member Dr. Peter Kreeft’s article, “Human Personhood Begins at Conception.”

“The issue I have been asked to argue, the personhood of the fetus, is triply crucial. It is crucial for abortion, abortion is crucial for medical ethics, and medical ethics is crucial for the future of our civilization…”

Read more about abortion and see pro-life commercials by visiting this page of our CatholicsComeHome.org website.

“Why Prayer is More Important than Eating”: A Reflection from Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft, CCH Theological Advisory Board member, writes in Prayer for Beginners:

“Eating keeps your body alive, and prayer keeps your soul alive. Praying is more important than eating because your soul is more important than your body. Your soul is more important that your body because your soul is you, your personality, your self…Prayer keeps your soul alive because prayer is real contact with God, and God is the life of the soul as the soul is the life of the body. If you do not pray, your soul will wither and die, just as, if you do not eat, your body will wither and die.” p. 11

Are you making prayer the most valuable part of your day? Prayer is when you connect with God, and feed your soul the food it needs to survive. Think about how you can place more focus on prayer in your life today.

What is Jesus’ Concept of Happiness?

CCH Theological Advisory Board Member Dr. Peter Kreeft writes about Jesus’ concept of happiness:

To our desire for wealth, Christ says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” To our desire for painlessness, he says, “Blessed are those who mourn.” To our desire for conquest, he says, “Blessed are the meek.” To our desire for contentment with ourselves, he says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” To our desire for justice, he says, “Blessed are the merciful.” To our desire for sex, he says, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” To our desire for conquest, he says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” To our desire for acceptance, he says, “Blessed are the persecuted.” And to our desire for more life, he offers the Cross. And now this man carrying his cross to Calvary even dares to tell us, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Read more of his article.

How are you striving for the kind of happiness Christ wants for you?

Do you want God to be your Father or Grandfather?

Dr. Peter Kreeft, CCH theological advisory board member, gives a beautiful reflection on fatherly “love” verses grandfatherly “kindness.” Sometimes we think we want kindness, rather than love, from our Heavenly Father. But God’s occasional “tough love” for us doesn’t go without benefit to our spiritual growth.

“Grandfathers are kind; fathers are loving. Grandfathers say, ‘Run along and have a good time’; fathers say , ‘But don’t do this or that.’ Grandfathers are compassionate, fathers are passionate. God is never once called our grandfather, much as we would prefer that to the inconveniently close, demanding, intimate father who loves us.” -PK

Read the whole article here.

Lord, give us the grace to be open to you loving us and molding us into the people you want us to be–even when it hurts!

Good Article Alert!

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Check out this article on “The Problem of Evil” by Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Integrated Catholic Life.

“The Cross is God’s part of the practical solution to evil. Our part, according to the same Gospel, is to repent, to believe, and to work with God in fighting evil by the power of love.”

Some Brief (But Important!) Reminders about Prayer

Mary PrayingSome insights on prayer to think about today:

How does prayer help us?

“And the more we pray, the happier we become. The more we pray, the less anxious we become, and we are filled with a greater peace of mind and heart. The more we pray, the more we understand ourselves, for we come to know God more intimately, by experience – and we really only know ourselves to the degree that we know God personally. The more we pray, we begin to see the hand of God in our day to day life, that is, we see Him acting in our life. We begin to see that He loves us, personally. That makes life so much more meaningful.” -Deacon Doug McManaman, “The Importance of Prayer

How does prayer help the world?

As Catholics, we believe that prayer is astoundingly powerful. The prayers of the saints have had an impact on history unmatched by political and social world leaders over the centuries. All of humanity has benefited from the prayers of the saints. Look at our Blessed Mother Mary. Did not her prayer and submission to God impact the world in the most profound way? Does not her continued intercession on our behalf influence the hearts of all people around the world, as she encourages us always to say our own “yes” to our Heavenly Father?

“…see prayer for what it is: a matter of life or death, your lifeline to God, to life itself. Is this exaggerated? Are there more important things? Love, for instance? We need love absolutely; but the love we need is agape, the love that only God has and is; so unless we go to God for it, we won’t get it. And going to God for it means prayer. So unless we pray, we will not love.” -Peter Kreeft, “Lesson One in Prayer

What is God’s Will for You?

Check out this great article on the Integrated Catholic Life by Dr. Peter Kreeft about discernment. In it, he gives practical principles and clues related to finding God’s will for you.

JeremiahByRembrandt-234x300Dr. Kreeft points out: “All God’s signs should line up, by a kind of trigonometry. There are at least seven such signs: (1) Scripture, (2) church teaching, (3) human reason (which God created), (4) the appropriate situation, or circumstances (which he controls by his providence), (5) conscience, our innate sense of right and wrong, (6) our individual personal bent or desire or instincts, and (7) prayer. Test your choice by holding it up before God’s face. If one of these seven voices says no, don’t do it. If none say no, do it.”

You can also listen to the Catholic Answers LIVE audio: Discernment: Is it God or Just Me? by Father Thomas Dubay. In the program, he helps us to discern whether or not God is guiding us at times, or if it is just us…

The Catholics Come Home team is praying for God’s will to be done in your life today and always!

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“Kreeft issues a clear call to all Christians to get back to their active pursuit of real virtue in their daily lives. This in-depth analysis of the meaning of the virtues and their connection with the Beatitudes also summarizes a scriptural and theological wisdom on leading a holy life. Includes the accumulated wisdom of St. Paul, C.S. Lewis, and many others.”