By Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange - One of the most beloved verses on faith is Jesus’ simile of the mustard seed… Most people draw comfort from Jesus point about the power of a faith that is small like the seed. But a larger truth behind this: mustard seeds grow. So Jesus is not only drawing attention to the small size of these seeds… In order to grasp the full meaning of the phrase, let’s first take a look at it as it appears in Matthew and Luke…
By Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, The Catholic Thing - In life, we see two currents. The Lord Jesus described them as two paths: the wide way and the narrow way… Pope Saint John Paul II translated these notions into more contemporary language. In his monumental 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae… the beloved pontiff coined terms now common to a deep Catholic understanding of our times: the culture of life and the culture of death. In these expressions, the saint-pope was once again showing that there are two paths and two loves in life.
By Brian Mark Weber, Patriot Post - Young minds are more frequently being subject to emotional manipulation in cartoons…There was a time in America when children’s entertainment was a safe bet. Sure, we saw the slow creep of movie violence, more promiscuous characters, and more subject matter made for mature viewers, but we could certainly let our kids watch a Disney flick without worrying about our values being undermined… Not anymore.
By Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register - “The beautiful and the good, ultimately the beautiful and God, coincide,” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI while he was a cardinal, writing in The Spirit of the Liturgy… In a sense, Benedict’s insight lays the groundwork for beauty being a great evangelizer, whether in the past or in our time.