The holiday of Thanksgiving holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans. It is a time when families and friends gather together to express gratitude for the blessings they have received throughout the year.
A Matter of Faith
Well, it is that time of year again and many Catholics find themselves considering an invitation to become a catechist in their parish.
Sometimes people need to get our attention and they blurt out, “listen.” When that happens our response is, “I need to hear this.”
With Spring upon us, it is hard to look at the beauty we see in the natural world around us and not be filled with the sense of God’s majesty. In our Church, the advent of Spring also brings us the many opportunities to celebrate, with our youth, the Sacrament of Confirmation.
To many in the 20th century, humankind began to experience what St. John Paull II called “an eclipse of the sense of God.”
For many Catholics, silent prayer can be rather difficult. Many are so used to reciting from the treasury of wonderful prayers handed down by Sacred Tradition, that it becomes difficult to not rely on them. We become dependent on them and lack ability to speak from the heart.
In August 2019, the Pew Research Center released a study about the level of Catholic belief in the Real Presence of Lord in the Eucharist. It found that many United States Catholics do not believe the bread and wine used at Mass truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps one of the greatest gifts Jesus gave to us is powerfully and dramatically presented to us in John’s Gospel – specifically, John 13:1-5. In the humble act of washing feet, Jesus teaches us how to serve.
Some of you might find this surprising but I get asked this question quite a lot by Catholics, not just my Protestant friends! I would like to share with you five reasons why I feel it is important that a crucifix should be in your home, and not just a cross: a crucifix.
As we approach another election (I hear a lot of “ughs!” out there), the amount of name-calling, heated (not respectful) debate, and judgmental dispersions are on the rise. This is not new. In fact, over the course of the last 30 years, the level of disrespectful discourse has greatly increased – exponentially so over the last decade.