Divine Mercy Q&A

On The God Who Never Quits

Have you ever wondered whether the Lord's plan for you was to put you in just the right place at just the right time? That's what one of our readers, Jeannine, recently felt as something unexpected happened right before her eyes:

What Do You Want Me to Do, Lord?

One of our regular readers, Bronwen, recently sent me the following question, which surely must have puzzled each one of us at one time or another:

The Quandary for Catholics: Part Three

The following is the third in a three-part series. Read part 1 and part 2.

Saint Faustina Kowalska writes in her Diary of a terrifying prophecy that she received from Jesus:

The Quandary for Catholics

A while back I received a question that I have been reluctant to answer. The questioner simply wanted to know if Catholic social teaching and the Divine Mercy message could help her decide whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential election.

She wrote: "McCain seems to be the candidate who cares more about protecting the lives of unborn children, while Obama seems to be the one who cares more about helping the poor. The Church, and St. Faustina, encourages me to care about both. So what's a Catholic to do in these circumstances?"

Knowing What a Human Being is Makes a Big Difference!

After my last column, someone named Peter wrote the following critique and e-mailed it to me: "Nice lecture on human beings as body-soul creatures. But I still wonder what difference it all makes."

I will try my best to explain why it really does make a big difference, Peter.

Let's summarize last week: According to the Catholic Tradition, and our principal theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, a human being is a creature made up of an immaterial soul (with the capacity for rational thought and voluntary choice) closely united to a material body.

We Really Are 'Soul Brothers'

I am sure that many of my readers have seen films from the 1970s in which someone goes to a ghetto in an inner city and the African-Americans there greet one another as "soul brother." We may laugh at such language today, but do you realize how appropriate that description is? We are, in fact, "soul brothers (and sisters)"!

In recent months, I have had several questions come in about what we mean in the Catholic Faith by the word "soul." For example, one of our readers named Gerry asked:

More on Reading Your Bible in the School of the Saints

In last week's column we reviewed some of the wisdom of St. Faustina and the saints regarding how to organize and begin regular times of Bible reading "in the Holy Spirit." Let's finish up this topic now with a look at the actual process of meditating on God's Word.