We recognize that death can be an end, but it does not have to be the end. For those who have gone before us, our bonds of charity need not be destroyed by death. Through the providential love of God, our connection with the dearly departed is strengthened by the power of intercessory prayer.
Our Christian teaching supplements the four cardinal virtues with the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity (or love). These theological virtues elevate and perfect our habits, thus directing us toward the supernatural happiness that can only be achieved by our union with God. Theological virtues are infused in our souls through God’s gift of sanctifying grace.
We can forgive, because we are forgiven first through Divine Mercy. This month, we explore our imperative to forgive.
Last month, we introduced stewardship as way to personally express gratitude for the gifts God has shared with us by giving back a portion of our time, talent, and treasure. This month, we explore stewardship from a universal perspective as we consider caring for creation.
When we recognize that everything is a gift from God shared with us freely and lovingly, our natural response is to reciprocate. Stewardship, therefore, is our gift back to God in appreciation for His providence and mercy.
Making New Year’s resolutions is a time-honored tradition. Let’s resolve to improve our relationships with God this year. Perhaps one of the best ways to express our love to God is by loving each other. This month, therefore, we shift our focus outward as we consider growing in charity toward others.