May 2013

June 1 is a special day for me, and it has been for the last 20 years. One reason is that it's the memorial day of St. Justin Martyr, who is one of the main patron saints of apologists. As an apologist, that makes it special to me. But there is another reason as well. […]

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Jesus died on the Cross so that people could be forgiven their sins. But if he died in A.D. 33, what about all the people who lived and died before that time? Were their sins forgiven? And if their sins were forgiven, does that mean Jesus’ sacrifice applies to all of history? If so, does […]

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One of the most common topics in discussion between Christians and atheists is the question of what atheism actually is. For a long time, the word has been defined as the view that there is no God–i.e., the claim “God does not exist.” More recently, some atheists have begun to define it differently. According to […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 15 May 2013 – 27 May 2013 (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus/Regina Caeli 27 May 2013 General Audiences 15 May 2013 Homilies 18 May 2013 – Vigil of Pentecost with […]

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The Church teaches that the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian Faith. But how much do you know about this mystery? What is its history? What does it mean? And how can it be proved? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1. Where does the word […]

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Color me annoyed. The press has been going nuts about remarks concerning atheists that Pope Francis made at one of his daily homilies. As usual, the press is hyping the remarks as if they are earthshaking, unprecedented, and in contrast to mean ol’ Pope Emeritus Benedict. I know this will come as a shock, but […]

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Wouldn’t it be great if scientists invented a device that enabled us to have a clear window into the past–so that we wouldn’t just have to read about the past in books? Instead, with the new device–let’s call it a Time Window–we could actually see events occurring in the past in real time, with our own […]

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Since it was proposed by Fr. Georges Lemaître, the Big Bang has been common in discussions of the existence of God. The reasons are obvious. The Big Bang looks like a plausible beginning for the physical universe. Things that begin need causes. The beginning of the physical universe would need a cause, which would seem to […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 6 May 2013 – 19 May 2013 (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus/Regina Caeli 12 May 2013 General Audiences 8 May 2013 Homilies 12 May 2013 – Holy Mass and Canonization […]

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The divinity of the Holy Spirit was infallibly defined at the First Council of Constantinople in A.D. 381, but not everyone accepts the fact that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person–one of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the Holy Spirit is merely God’s “energy” or “active […]

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