May 23, 2020

Voices Of Hope It has been a rough start to 2020. Bad news is all around us, lockdowns, and with public Masses being suspended we are all looking for hope. We are looking for those tidbits of precious good news to take our minds off of all the negativity.  Voices of hope is what many are searching for.  One way to do that is to look to the lives of the saints. Many, if not all, of the saints experienced… Read more

May 18, 2020

How Early In The Church? Did the early church believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ? To answer this question the writings of the following four early church fathers will be discussed: St. Ignatius of Antioch who lived from approximately 35-108 A.D., St. Justin Martyr who lived from 100-165 A.D., St. Irenaeus who lived from 130-202 A.D., and St. Augustine who lived from 354-430 A.D. There are many more who write about the subject, but this… Read more

May 17, 2020

Why the stigma? It was the start of another day. A rare snowfall happened at my home in Tucson, AZ the night before. It was cold and a strange white substance (snow) was on the ground. At the time I worked about 70 miles from home. On the way I hit black ice and I rolled my vehicle about 3 times while going 55 miles per hour. I was able to climb out of the vehicle and was unaware of… Read more

May 12, 2020

Biblical Passages Some claim that the doctrine of the Eucharist is not found in scripture, but this outlook is an indication of one reading the biblical text through a denominational lens.  The last supper narratives all describe Jesus as saying “this is my body, this is my blood” in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-25, Luke 22:7-20, and John 13:1-30. St. Paul also writes about the body and blood of Christ in the breaking of bread in 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 and 1… Read more

May 9, 2020

Though we celebrate the liturgy of the Eucharist everyday at Mass, there is a tendency to get complacent.  This seems to be our human nature, because if we do something enough we tend to go through the motions. We have all been forced to take a step back and take a moment to remember what an awesome gift the Eucharist is.  With this in mind I want to take a brief look and see what scripture and the early church… Read more

May 6, 2020

In the Gospels we see many instances in which our Lord commands His disciples to evangelize. One such instance is known as the Great Commission. It occurs at the end of Matthew’s Gospel and states, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close… Read more

May 4, 2020

On my journey into the Catholic church there were three things that had the potential to derail me. Mary, Mary, and Mary. One of the objections I had, which sprang from my Baptist days, was the title of Mother of God for Mary. After all God is eternal and has always existed. That title, at least in my mind back then, meant that somehow Mary was exalted to a deified state in which she surely didn’t belong. How can a… Read more

April 29, 2020

Before entering the Catholic church, I had a lot of misconceptions about what Catholicism was. I am not the only one that had these misconceptions, and these misconceptions are still ongoing for many people. There is a very vivid memory I have of the day I made myself a challenge. At the time I was Baptist and very passionate. I wanted to show that the Catholic church could not be the church founded by Christ.  I wanted to show that… Read more

April 28, 2020

Depending on the kind of suffering involved it is hard to see the light that it can bring.  That light at the end of the tunnel seems distant. When St. Paul was writing to the church in Philippi he was writing to reassure them.  He wants to encourage them to continue in the faith. The Suffering Evangelist The church founder was arrested, and it was well known that Christians were heavily persecuted in Rome.  To see this clearly a closer… Read more

April 24, 2020

Maybe it is just me, but there seems to be an uptick in criticism in online exchanges.  There is a time for criticism, but there is also a time for charity.  Perhaps it is because everyone is staying home with no other way to expend energy and stress.  Let’s be honest…this has been happening for quite some time.  Especially when it comes to politics. Pray for Leaders There is no doubt that we are to hold our leaders accountable for… Read more

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