Why it matters who Jesus is

I have been reading, with both profit and delight, Thomas Joseph White’s latest book, “The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology.” Father White, one of the brightest of a new generation of Thomas interpreters, explores a range of topics in this text — the relationship between Jesus’ human and divine natures, whether the Lord experienced the beatific vision, the theological significance of Christ’s cry of anguish on the cross, his descent into hell, etc. — but for the purposes of this article, I want to focus on a theme of particular significance in the theological and catechetical context today.

Evangelizing through the good

Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism.

Should we boycott companies that support evil?

Q: My wife and I have an ongoing disagreement about where we spend our money. She discovered that a couple of the stores that we frequent donate a certain percentage of their profits to Planned Parenthood and other groups that she believes contradict Catholic beliefs. She thinks that we are wrong to shop at those places. I’m not so convinced because of the relatively small amount of money that we actually spend there. What does the church teach about supporting businesses that donate to groups that contradict our Catholic beliefs?

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

Q: I have a question that has always both puzzled and bothered me: Why did Jesus have to die in such a horrible way for us on the cross? Couldn’t God have chosen a more peaceful and painless way to save us?

How can parents find healing after a miscarriage?

Q: After giving birth to three wonderful children, tragedy struck our family. I miscarried our fourth child. The experience was extremely difficult for the whole family, but especially for my husband and me. My question is, what does the Catholic Church teach about what to do following a miscarriage? What can a couple or a family do to heal from this painful experience?

Why don’t I feel God’s presence when I pray?

Q: I am a convert to Catholicism, and I have a question about prayer. Since becoming a Catholic, I cannot recall experiencing anything during my daily prayer time. I know God exists and prayer is a conversation with him, but shouldn’t I feel God’s presence in some way from time to time? Am I doing something wrong?

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