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Society has made the definition of person ambiguous. We think we know a person when we see one. A man is a person. A woman is a person. A boy is a person, and so on. A technical definition used today is that a person is a being with self-awareness or a being with certain legal rights and responsibilities within a culture. These distinctions presume a more fundamental definition. Are all human beings persons? Are only human beings persons? Who has the final say? We hear arguments that apes or dolphins might be persons because they are intelligent, and then we hear that human embryos and fetuses, better known as unborn children, are not persons. What does it mean to be a person?

This sane view is the Catholic view. We see everything—our spouses, our children, our families, our friends, our priests, our co-workers, even our enemies, our surroundings—as God’s creation upheld by him in existence every moment. In our lives, to seek the truth we seek to conform our minds to God so we can also form our wills to the will of God in our moral choices. Forming ourselves as Catholics means that we seek truth in every situation.

By Mikki Sciba

Have you ever eaten too much food and felt bad afterwards? Or have you felt really angry and acted out by yelling or throwing a fit? Sometimes people struggle with controlling what they do and how they feel. The virtue of temperance is about practicing self-control. It helps you control your actions, thoughts, and feelings. Our bodies need things that help it grow and flourish like food, water, exercise, and rest. Temperance helps you balance what your body needs without having too much or too little of it.

By Mikki Sciba

If you have ever watched a football game you know that the goal of the game is for your team to get the ball across your goal line, a touchdown. You also know that the person who is running with the football has many players from the other team trying to stop him and take him down. The other team does not want your team to reach the goal line and will make it difficult for your team to reach its goal. This is also true in our lives. We have a goal and things will make that difficult to accomplish. This is why we need fortitude.

By Allsion Tobola Low, M.D.

Who is Jesus Christ? When we profess the Nicene Creed, we declare that Jesus is uncreated, of the same divine substance as God the Father, eternal, truly God and that he became man. The Church also teaches in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that “Jesus Christ is true God and true man” (464). In hearing this, we proclaim, “Amen!” But do we know what these statements mean?

By Mikki Sciba

Have you ever owed someone something? If you have, this means you have an obligation or responsibility to repay him or give him his due. Did you also know that you have a responsibility to give God and others their due? Yes, you owe God and others something. I’m not talking about money but about the responsibilities you have to God and other people. Justice is the virtue of giving each person what is owed to him. Practicing the virtue of justice helps you give to God what belongs to God and give to others what belongs to them.

By Allsion Tobola Low, M.D.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we are taught that the central mystery of the faith, the fundamental and essential teaching of Christianity, is the doctrine of the Trinity (CCC 234). This is the revelation that our Almighty Creator is one God in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is a mystery inaccessible to our finite human reason alone, but God has lovingly unveiled this truth about his inner life to us.

By Stacy Trasancos

Practicing prudence will improve our confidence in ourselves to make the right decision, even when life is hard, even when choices are not so clear, even when the stakes are high. We become confident because we learn to trust ourselves to keep trying until we get it right, and we have the tools to get there. Prudence allows us to no longer fear failure. Prudence places the possibility of success ever before us, until the very end when we fix our souls for all eternity, choosing good.  

By Mikki Scibba

Prudence is a virtue that helps you think through things and act in ways that are right, good, and pleasing to God. God gives us free will so we can choose to do what is good. Prudence tells us what is good, when to do it, and how to do it. Prudence helps you to know and choose the right ways to reach a good end or goal. For example, getting an A on your next test is a good goal but cheating would be a bad way to get it. Instead, studying would be the right way to reach your goal of getting an A. Searching for, knowing, and doing God’s will requires prudence. There is no greater goal to have in life than to do what God wants you to do.

By Bishop Joseph Strickland • August 10, 2018

Este domingo, continuamos nuestro trayecto en el Discurso Eucarístico del Evangelio según san Juan, Capitulo 6. La buena nueva está incrustada en las palabras de Jesús, “Yo soy el pan vivo que ha bajado del cielo.” ¿Que es en realidad lo...