On Sunday, September 4, before 120,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint. Née Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, she is now "St. Teresa of Kolkota" — though even Francis admitted she would probably still be simply called "Mother Teresa."
Standing in the midst of this iconic moment was Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the man who had been charged with gathering the evidence to prove Mother Teresa's candidacy for sainthood. After 17 years of waiting, he was now enjoying the fruit of his labors. Yet Rev. Kolodiejchuk is known for more than proving Mother Teresa's saintliness — he also played a role in exposing her humanity.
In 2007, Rev. Kolodiejchuk edited Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. The book, a compilation of private letters and writings of Mother Teresa, shocked the world with the revelation that for almost 50 years the woman whom in life the world considered a living saint experienced a crisis of faith. more >>
Where have all the men gone? A lot of folks who are asking this question are looking for answers in all the wrong places.
Are we in the midst of a masculinity crisis?
Two Christian writers offered very different answers to this question in recent articles. David French at National Review laments a new statistic that shows today's young men are, physically, the weakest generation in recorded history. more >>
Christians should be part of a "church family" and not try to live spiritually on their own, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his Daily Hope devotional on Monday, the megachurch pastor stressed that being part of a church family is essential to fulfilling God's purposes for one's life.
"You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community," wrote Warren. more >>
As Americans paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed 15 years ago during the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, actor Kirk Cameron encouraged parents to teach their children the Pledge of Allegiance and talk to them about the freedoms the diverse nation thrives on.
Standing in the middle of the flag memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, that represents the 2,977 people who died at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the former "Growing Pains" star encouraged his Facebook fans on Sunday to honor the nation "that our Founding Fathers gave us."
"At a beautiful display of all of these flags remembering all of the people who died in the vicious attacks of our country 15 years ago, I just wanted to say that I still pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands," Cameron says in the video that has been watched more than 454,000 times. more >>
The Bible issues a warning against those who claim there's no such thing as evil or sin because there's no difference between right and wrong, says the Rev. Billy Graham.
In a question-and-answer column published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website on Friday, a person wrote to Graham saying they never feel guilty about anything they do becasue they simply "don't believe there's such a thing as right or wrong."
Graham responded that he was saddened to hear that the person did not consciously accept the belief that there is a right and a wrong. more >>
In Psalm 36 David wrote, "An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin." (Ps. 36:1-2)
So how often would you say you flatter yourself? Do you find it easy to heap compliments, honor, and praise upon yourself? If so, you are not alone. It is a universal problem.
You may ask, "What's the problem with flattering yourself?" more >>