St. Thomas teaches that a brute animal, who might consume the body and blood of Christ, would not receive Holy Communion, because sacraments are ordered towards faith.
The purpose of this little exercise is to see how you currently resist the grace of God. You may even discover that a pattern set in high school remains.
There is the faith that we profess, and then there is the experience of faith by which we believe. One is a list of notions. The other is an encounter with a person.
Democratic compromise is not a moral evil. And democratic leaders, charged to seek it, are not public sinners. Neither should be combatted with excommunication.
If we are not children of God, those who come from a loving Father—if we are only forms of evolved life—why does evolution create desires within us it cannot satisfy?
How we picture our souls matters. Uncolored cartoons and geometrical points do not change or weather. They do not grow in response to what happens in the world around them. But we do.