The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is a month of growth, when nature is reborn. This month normally belongs to the Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost. Many Catholics may be aware that May is consecrated to Mary, but it may be unclear why this month was selected […]
Author Archive: John McNichol
John McNichol is a Catholic, Husband, Father, Teacher, Writer and Speaker living in the Pacific NorthWest. He is the author of three published novels: Books 1 and 2 in the Young Chesterton Chronicles series ('The Tripods Attack!', and 'The Emperor of North America'), as well 'The King's Gambit', an adventure novel for the 9-12 year old crowd.
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The use of relics in the Catholic faith as a means of revitalizing our faith has a history going back literally to the days of the Old Testament. But before I talk about things from a few millenia ago, I’d like to tell you a little bit about a point in my own life. Relics […]
A recent exchange on Facebook about Donald Trump helped me clarify a few things for myself about the upcoming elections. Names changed below: KARIN (X): -(Trump) is the ONLY candidate who is truly an AMERICAN, he is not beholden to any lobbyists or any other group, he speaks OUR language and says what needs to […]
With the ecological slideshow on the side of the Vatican, detractors of the Pope added another perceived offense to the now-long list of Francis’ supposed errors, gaffes, and outright heresies as the pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Why a slideshow with endangered species? Why, when the unborn are slaughtered in such higher numbers? The […]
“There is a holy anger, excited by zeal, that moves us to reprove with warmth those whom our mildness failed to correct.” – St. John Baptiste de la Salle I’ve heard the arguments against debating on Facebook. They’re much the same as those against engaging in debate with anyone, on anything: You won’t change a person’s […]
Most of us have had one on the bumper of our car at some point- a sticker that states an opinion or belief we find important or humorous. In an age when we like to share about ourselves more than ever, a bumper sticker gives us yet another opportunity to tell a stranger something we […]
“Why all the *things?*” This comment took me a little by surprise. I’ve heard it more than once by someone who has left the faith, in part because of a stated desire to get rid of all the ‘things’ in Catholicism that supposedly stood between them and an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s a […]
“Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.” -St. John Cantius “A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the […]
Biblically, the story of Onan in Genesis Chapter 38 was a blunt enough message for the first nineteen centuries of Christianity: preventing children by artificial means was offensive to God. So much so that God summarily killed Onan for it (Gen 38: 8-10). Worse, after Christ’s resurrection, Catholics and protestant theologians gave Onan the dubious […]
In part I, we looked at what forgiveness was and wasn’t. But along with prayer and receiving the Sacraments for aid, how can we put it into practice? In his book Forgive For Good, Luskin gives a number of strategies: 1) Don’t confuse a lack of motivation to forgive with an unforgivable offense. If you were […]
Years and years ago, I took a volunteer position at our parish. I had been impressed by our pastor’s drive and orthodoxy, leading his congregation and its school to a state of dynamic, authentic Catholicism. At the first meeting, though, a different side of Father showed up than I was used to. He was critical […]