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Bishops praise proposal to clarify religious exemptions for federal contractors

Leaders at the U.S. bishops' conference have praised a U.S. Labor Department proposal to clarify protections for religious employers seeking federal ...

St. Andrew the Scot: Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 22, 2019

Archdeacon and companion of St. Donatus. Andrew and his sister, St. Bridget the Younger, were born in Ireland of noble parents.They were educated by ...

Vatican diplomat: Solidarity must be at the heart of the European project

The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States said Wednesday that politics surrounding migration in Europe fuel ideological conflicts that do not ...

In first-ever event, UN commemorates religious victims of violence

The United Nations General Assembly has designated Aug. 22 as the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on ...

Real reform in the Church requires a faithful laity, priest says

For the Catholic Church to be renewed, the entire body of Christ - especially the laity - must strive to live the faith devoutly.

More Than Hacks

I recently found a “hack” (a clever solution to a tricky problem) when one of my grandchildren warmed her stuffed rabbit on our fireplace glass. The resulting globs of bunny fur weren’t pretty, but a fireplace expert provided a great hack—a tip for how to make the glass look like new. It worked, and now we no longer allow stuffed animals near the fireplace!

I bring up hacks because sometimes we can view Scripture as a collection of hacks—tips to make life easier. While it’s true that the Bible has much to say about how to live a Christ-honoring new life, that’s not the only purpose of the Book. What Scripture provides for us is a solution for mankind’s greatest need: rescue from sin and eternal separation from God.

From the promise of salvation in Genesis 3:15 all the way to the true hope of a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1–2), the Bible explains that God has an eternal plan for rescuing us from our sin and allowing us to enjoy fellowship with Him. In every story and every suggestion for how to live, the Bible is pointing us to Jesus—the only One who can solve our biggest problem.

May we remember that when we open God’s Book, we’re looking for Jesus, the rescue He offers, and how to live as His children. He’s provided the greatest solution of all!

Daily Reading for Friday, August 23rd, 2019 HD

Reading 1, Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22 1 In the days when the Judges were governing, a famine occurred in the country and a certain man from Bethlehem ...

Prayer Requests Live for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 HD

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Florida bishops: Serial killer's execution is 'unnecessary'

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is pleading for Gov. Ron DeSantis to stop the execution of Gary Ray Bowles, who confessed to murdering six ...

Pope Francis: Self-interest and hypocrisy destroy the Church

Pope Francis decried hypocrisy and self-interest Wednesday, saying that Christian community should always be characterized by generosity and solidarity.