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Blog Archives: December 2014

Praying for the Church

December 30, 2014
Chris Castaldo
As I consider the upcoming year with its various challenges and opportunities, there are many people, organizations, and issues in need of prayer. Reflecting on the full corpora of these needs, one identifies a common thread. Whether it pertains to individuals bereft of spiritual life, those who are ill, the needs of our nation, or suffering in the world, the solution to each of these maladies exists in the resurrected Christ, and the manifestation of Christ in the world—his Church. Therefore, in the interest of serving the needs of the ...

Grace and Truth this Christmas

December 23, 2014
Chris Castaldo
In this Christmas season, our attention is drawn to the reality of Jesus’ incarnation, even as John records it: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (1:14). With a balance that can only be described as perfect, our Lord embodied these virtues in full measure. In every conversation and situation our Lord responded with complete grace and truth, refusing to allow a humanly engineered wedge to be driven between them. As men and women whose ...

The Peace of Christmas

December 17, 2014
Chris Castaldo
How does Christmas contribute to peace? The Church univocally confesses that it comes through the babe in the manger whom we call Lord. This is the bedrock on which true peace is established. But in what way is Christian peace ‘spread to all the earth abroad’ in the midst of our conflicted world? Before reflecting on the question, let’s consider an example from history. Friar Antonio de Montesinos was a member of the Dominican order and served on the island of Hispaniola, which the Spanish had claimed as their first colony in the Americas ...

Your Kingdom Come

December 10, 2014
Chris Castaldo
In preparation for this Sunday’s Advent sermon, which will examine the significance of Jesus’ kingship, I am astounded by the massive number of truths that the New Testament associates with God’s kingdom. In particular, I am struck by Jesus’ statement in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10). I find myself asking the question: for what kingdom am I living? To what extent are my affections invested in the kingdom of personal achievement over the kingdom of Christ? It is a valuable question to ponder. One way to gain insight ...

The Love of God

December 03, 2014
Chris Castaldo
During this Advent season, we find ourselves exposed to a host of biblical themes. Whether it is in the melody of a Christmas carol, a holiday commercial, or an unexpected popup-window championing the joy of gift giving, it is remarkable how much publicity is dedicated to promoting Christian virtues. Above all, perhaps, we hear the importance of extending love. Such conversation, however, raises a question concerning the proper meaning of “love.” For insight into the essence of Christian love, we benefit from the preaching of Charles H....