John Grondelski

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I Believe in Life Everlasting

Christian creeds end with an affirmation of life everlasting. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, which we say ever Sunday at Mass, affirms that “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” The Apostles’...

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Why Modern Man Can’t Understand Heaven

When you stop and think about it, the message of Christianity ought to be galvanizing, enrapturing, appealing. God loved the universe into creation. Man, despite his rejection of love, i.e., by sin, warped that creation. But God did not abandon...

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Hell is Real. People Really Go There. Why Modern Man Can’t Understand This...

Hell has always been a difficult doctrine for some people. That’s why, throughout Christian history, some have tried to eliminate it. Even in patristic times, the Fathers contended with and rejected apocatastasis, the view that in the end,...

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A Judgment About the Communion of Persons

Death, judgment, hell and heaven are traditionally listed as the “four last things” on which that branch of theology called eschatology focuses. Eschatology gains particular prominence in the Church’s readings as her liturgical year winds down,...

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The Role of Values in Helping the Poor

Earlier this year, the Washington Post carried a story in which Citibank was accused of “poor shaming.” The charge was leveled against the bank, which itself had been a beneficiary of a 2008 taxpayer bailout, because it offered advice to...

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November in the Parish

November, by tradition, is the month when the Church shines particular focus on praying for the faithful departed. As the last month in the liturgical year, the readings at Mass—both Sundays and weekdays—take on a decided eschatological...

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All Methods of “Family Production” are Not Created Equal

Victimization is a prominent leitmotif in contemporary culture, and our morally relativistic, “non-judgmental” times tend to take self-claims of injury at face value. But, as contemporary Polish philosopher Zbigniew Stawrowski has observed,...

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All Saints Day is a Day About the Love of Jesus Christ

It’s too bad that All Saints Day comes but once a year. It’s too bad, because its rarity distorts our perspective. The Church year is filled with solemnities, feasts, memorials and optional memorials of individual, canonized saints. Recent...

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Everything About Death is Disappearing — Except Death

November is a month associated in Catholic tradition with prayer for the faithful departed. It is also a month during which the Church’s readings at Mass—in both the Sunday and weekday cycles—take on a decided eschatological cast: death, judgment...

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Fall Light

There is something about the light of October. God’s first gift to man was light. True, the cynic jeers at the simpleton who wants to find a literal cosmology lesson in Genesis 1: recall the scene in “Inherit the Wind” when, during the Scopes...