Category: Faith

heresy

Are We Singing Heresy?

I sometimes wonder if I am the only one who is weary of church songs, masquerading as hymns. When they portray something other than Church teaching they can even approach heresy. It seems that musicians, fancying themselves composers, have been humored to the detriment of congregational participation. Often, we are left with what amounts to a roller coaster ride up...

affect

The Secret Effect You Have on Others

Seventeenth Century poet, John Donne, famously quipped “No man is an island” in his poem of the same name. Like the ripples in a pond after a stone is thrown, our actions continue on – even after our part has been done. While it is easy to feel as though we are the only ones impacted by what we do, that...

patience

Patience – I Need It Now!

Patience is not one of my strong suits. Considering that one of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “Dear Lord, give me patience – and I want it right now”, there might be a correlation. After all, my mother influenced my life like no other. When my two younger brothers grew into unruly teens and Mom sought the advice of our...

Liturgical Abuses

Liturgical Abuses and Moral Corruption

The encroachment of liturgical abuses in the Church is a long debated bone of contention between various members of the Body of Christ. In addition to the diverging thoughts about the ordinary and extraordinary forms of Mass, the Spirit of Vatican II brought a divisive opportunity like no other. Back then, the laity could not research on the internet we...

sons

The Parable of the Two Sons Is Relevant to Us

In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus shares the parable of a man’s two sons. When asked by his father, the first son refuses the request to go work in the vineyard. Yet, after his impulsive denial, he goes and does the work dutifully. The second son, fails to go as he had agreed – having given an affirmative answer with no intention of obedience....

saint felix,

Saint Felix of Nola:
3rd Century Spiderman

Sometimes real life is just as amazing as fiction – especially when it comes to those who do the will of God. Saint Felix is one example of experiencing something that defines the supernatural.

Privacy: God Knows All
So Does the Internet

As Catholic Christians we acknowledge that God is omniscient. From childhood, we have been advised that nothing is completely private. He, who created us, sees all. Even the darkest secrets are eventually brought to light. With this admonition in mind, we seek to live lives geared toward an openness to Truth. A certain compulsion for privacy can lead to the...

last time

When is the Last Time?

The anger welled up inside like a white hot coal. Why were relationships so darned bumpy? Verbal responses pinged around in my brain like multiple metal balls in a pinball machine. What was said, what should be said, and would be said – all kept my mind buzzing as I negotiated the familiar road. My internal video evaporated as I...