Aug 14

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 3 of 3

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI - pt 3 of 3   In part 3 of this series on hope, we look at the biblical example Abraham and how his trust in God appeared foolish, particularly in his sacrifice of Isaac.  We discuss the gratuitous nature of love, and how…
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Aug 07

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 2 of 3

We continue our discussion of Christian hope and Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, Spe Salvi.  In this episode, we explore the specific ways in which we can cultivate and grow in hope.  We also discuss several more models of hope, whose life and witness radiate light for our own path.  Life can wander into meaningless and…
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Jul 28

Summary of Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope) by Pope Benedict XVI – pt 1 of 3

How do Christians define hope and what is the basis for Christian hope? As St. Paul tells the Romans, "in hope we were saved." Pope Benedict XVI delves into the virtue of hope in his encyclical, Spe Salvi.  In this episode, we discuss Benedict's encyclical, the role of hope in the spiritual life, its part…
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Jun 23

What is Hope?

Hope comes to us in various forms, with varying degrees of impact and duration. Some feel that their greatest hope is their children whose future is still to be written. Some find hope in their curiosity and sense of wonder.  For others, it is when they see people working to make the world a more […]

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Jun 04

Why God is in Bread and Wine

One of the greatest spiritual experiences is to be in communion with God and for Catholics that is available through God’s grace, the sacraments, and in a most special way, the Eucharist.  The Eucharist as Vatican II says is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”  But how can we believe that God is […]

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