Last week I told you that there are two virtues that we as baptized Catholics have that Jesus neither had nor needed. The first is the virtue of faith. The second is the virtue of hope. Our Lord did not need the virtue of faith because He had the beatific vision. He did not need the virtue of hope because he was already in possession of the heavenly kingdom.
A client (I’ll call him Joe) recently agreed to do some home improvement work for a couple. Joe called me after he was almost finished with the job and told me that the couple was accusing him of not doing the work in accordance with their agreement. Although he had an initial proposal that was signed by the couple, they had changed the plans a few times and added several new items to the original proposal. Unfortunately, Joe didn’t have any of the changes or additions in writing.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to come to Earth during the time of Herod rather than now? Wouldn’t it have been better if his sermons were recorded so all of us could see and hear Him on television and the Internet? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to convince others to become believers if we could show them online videos of our Lord’s miracles? And wouldn’t we benefit from watching before-and-after videos of individuals who were mentally and physically healed by Jesus?
I recently settled an auto accident injury case for a university professor. For purposes of discussion, I’m going to call him John (not his real name). John told me that he originally came to the United States in the early 1980s to attend college. After graduating, he accepted a job offer from a large U.S. corporation. He eventually became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
In 451 bishops from throughout the Mediterranean traveled to Constantinople for the Council of Chalcedon. At the council Marcian, the emperor of Constantinople, asked the patriarch of Jerusalem if he would provide the emperor with some relics of Mary, the Mother of God. The emperor wanted to enshrine the relics in Constantinople. The patriarch had to explain to the emperor that no such relics existed.
In the mid-1980s, I taught a Business Law class at Illinois Central College (ICC). One of the areas of law that was covered in the class was contract law. I taught my students that there are four conditions that are necessary in order for a contract (or agreement) to be legally valid and binding. The four conditions are:
Last month, there was an event that caused me to stop what I was doing and think back to 1989. That was the year I purchased The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a book written by Stephen Covey. The event that caused me to stop and think about Covey’s book was a report on the news that he had passed away. Covey died on July 16, 2012, at the age of 79. At the time of his death, he was a professor at the John Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.