Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on Pinterest Connect on Google Plus Connect on LinkedIn

Tag: Scripture

St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

March 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Paul and the Divinity of Jesus

For Christians, the divinity of Jesus is almost axiomatic. It’s arguably the belief that defines Christianity and most clearly sets it apart from every other religion in the world. However, things have not always been quite so simple. In the fourth century, a priest named Arius taught that Jesus was not God, and he started […]

Continue Reading »

5 Conversations You Can Have with God

March 12, AD2017 2 Comments
5 Conversations You Can Have with God

Every Lent, I spend some time contemplating how I might devote more time to prayer, fasting, or almsgiving. These habits I work on throughout these forty days of Lent have had remarkable sticking power in the past.  Even though I pray every day and often, I wondered if learning more about prayer would help me […]

Continue Reading »

Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

The journey in one’s faith life provokes many questions. Some will ponder complex questions and others have more basic questions. We can be accidental or intentional philosophers—but we are all philosophers, directing our lives according to a philosophy we consider or fail to consider. Life’s questions and the search for meaning are nearly inescapable. Philosophy […]

Continue Reading »

Did Our Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

February 24, AD2017 10 Comments
Did Our Lord Have a Sense of Humor?

This question popped into my head one day. I can’t tell you why, it just did. I saved this question for Father P. because he is a thoughtful priest. He gives us interesting homilies without resorting to notes or script. He just leans one arm comfortably on the ambo and talks to us. I could […]

Continue Reading »

Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

February 23, AD2017 4 Comments
Making a Manly Retreat: A Catholic Among the Separated Brothers

What does it mean to be a man? Over the course of my life, I have had many opportunities to consider that question, particularly with regard to how it impacts my Catholic call to love as Jesus has loved me. This is not as easy as it seems. The world has its own views of […]

Continue Reading »

Can I Really Trust a Shepherd?

February 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Can I Really Trust a Shepherd?

The Lord is my shepherd;  there is nothing I lack.  (Psalm 23:1) What could a shepherd possibly provide me that would leave me lacking of nothing? Though familiar with this famous psalm, it was not until recently that I started to recognize it as a lesson in trust, which is something I seriously struggle to […]

Continue Reading »

In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

January 17, AD2017 7 Comments
In Accordance with the Scriptures: Salvation History

Every Sunday at Mass, after the priest gives his homily, we all stand up to recite the Nicene Creed and profess, among other things, that Jesus “suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” At first glance this line may seem simple enough, but what does […]

Continue Reading »

My Child Is Going To Hell

January 17, AD2017 2 Comments
My Child Is Going To Hell

Perhaps; but, in living faith, there is hope. Full disclosure: Yes, that is intentionally a “Made Ya Look” headline. It is also precisely how many parents feel about their children in today’s world. Many a loving, caring parent does fear, with good reason, that a child will go to hell unless there is a miracle […]

Continue Reading »

The Hound of Heaven

December 29, AD2016 5 Comments
The Hound of Heaven

“The name is strange. It startles one at first. It is so bold, so new, so fearless. It does not attract, rather the reverse. But when one reads the poem this strangeness disappears. The meaning is understood. As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with […]

Continue Reading »

Probability and the Death of Herod Agrippa

December 6, AD2016 4 Comments
Probability and the Death of Herod Agrippa

In the sight of my foes. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 The Faith Advantage Nothing else compares with Sanctifying Grace, a share in the life of the Trinity. In spite of its heavenly orientation, the Grace of the Faith overflows into all human endeavor. This is most notable in […]

Continue Reading »

Advent: A Season of Waiting

November 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Advent: A Season of Waiting

The Advent season is now upon us. Most people around us seem to be hurrying about looking for the perfect gift, putting up decorations, and planning parties and dinners. It is easy to lose sight of the true significance of this season.  Advent is a time of joy and hope, of preparation, and of waiting […]

Continue Reading »

Debunking Myths about Catholic History

October 25, AD2016 5 Comments
Debunking Myths about Catholic History

  There are many false things that some people believe about Catholicism, especially when it comes to historical facts. Let’s examine some of these myths and hopefully explain what the truth really is. Catholic Priests Chained Bibles in Church to Keep People from Reading Them Yes, Catholic priests did keep Bibles chained to the podium, but […]

Continue Reading »

Angels: God’s Servants and Messengers

September 27, AD2016 1 Comment
Angels: God’s Servants and Messengers

Angels have always played prominent roles in biblical stories. Over the years, they have inspired art, literature, and films. Saints have spoken with them. St. Paul advised, “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2). Many books and articles have been devoted to them and angelic images are common. […]

Continue Reading »

Invoking the Holy Spirit in Our Lives

July 25, AD2016 0 Comments
Invoking the Holy Spirit in Our Lives

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Blessed Trinity, just as active in the world today as ever. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit created the world (Genesis 1:2), led Jesus into the desert (Matthew 4:1), comes to us at Confirmation (Acts 8:18), and intercedes for us in sighs that we cannot understand […]

Continue Reading »

How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

May 5, AD2016 1 Comment
How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

It was Our Lord who asked Peter three times, in rather unusual fashion: “Do you love me?” Peter answered three times, “yes – yes – yes.” And with each “yes”, Our Lord gave a command: Feed my lambs, Peter. Take care of my sheep. Feed my sheep. If Peter really did love the Lord, then why did […]

Continue Reading »

False Extremes Part 2: Tradition and The Word

April 7, AD2016 0 Comments
False Extremes Part 2:  Tradition and The Word

In Part 1 of this series on false dichotomies and extreme positions, we reviewed the false idea of Sola Scriptura, and the question of “Who is the Church?” Now we continue the discussion by examining the question of so-called ‘Traditions of Men’ vs. Sacred Tradition, and the question of whether the Word of God is […]

Continue Reading »

The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

March 17, AD2016 0 Comments
The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part Two

Today we are continuing our reflection on the Stations of the Cross (see part one here). Recalling once again that there is far too often a tendency to gloss over these events because we feel that we know them so well. Let us remember that we are here attempting to dig deeper into the mysteries […]

Continue Reading »

Hymns or Heresy?

February 28, AD2016 16 Comments
Hymns or Heresy?

This will be short and sweet. Yours truly is weary of church songs, masquerading as hymns, portraying something other than Church teaching. It’s bad enough that every Tom, Dick, and Harriet wants to see himself (herself) as a composer, leaving us with what amounts to a roller coaster ride up and down the scale. Vapid […]

Continue Reading »

The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part One

February 18, AD2016 0 Comments
The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part One

We cannot possibly truly imagine what Jesus Christ went through during His Passion and Death. Suffering the horrible, excruciating, ignominious scourging and crucifixion, carrying the weight of the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. He and He alone can understand what happened in the most fundamental ways. We can hope to achieve some […]

Continue Reading »

A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 4 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

Continue Reading »