Sin is a problem we’ve come to accept in the Church. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people excuse it. They say: “well, the Church is a human institution. So, you have to expect sin to exist in it.” Well, maybe we should expect sin to be in worldly organizations. But, don’t we say the Church is the Body of Christ? If the Church is the Body of Christ, then it can’t […]
From the First Sunday in Lent and based upon the readings from Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13 & Luke 4:1-13, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful to give thanks to God for keeping them safe in the wilderness, by bringing their firstfruits to Him.
On Ash Wednesday, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful to not be like the hypocrites who wear ashes as a sign that they are part of the Empire. Rather, let those ashes and our Lenten fast be an acknowledgement of our personal and communal wretchedness, leading to a sincere repentance.