Category: Faith

bipolar disorder

Promises to Theresa:
A Teen and Bipolar Disorder

A teen diagnosis of bipolar disorder creates quite a volatile ‘coming of age’. When young Theresa, the main character in the novel Promises to Theresa by Marianne Komek, exhibits the first symptoms of bipolar disorder, she dismisses them as simply the result of too many responsibilities. After she discovers this condition also caused her mother’s erratic behavior throughout her childhood,...

evil, dark, goodness, light

Thanking God for the Wicked

In the meditation for day 20 in “A Year With the Church Fathers“, we are asked the question, Why doesn’t God just get rid of the wicked now and let the righteous live in peace? As we are exposed to more and more news of evil around the world, this question seems particularly pertinent. We hear some version of this...

temptation of christ, temptation

Temptation, Gratification, and Dependence on God

Today is Ash Wednesday and we begin our Lenten journey. These forty days offer a beautiful opportunity to apply the principle of spring-cleaning to our spiritual life. During the gloomy days of winter, many cobwebs gathered, yet the light of spring exposes all that was previously hidden in darkness. This Lenten Season provides a time to refocus our dependence on...

lie, fingers crossed

When Receiving the Eucharist Becomes a Lie

Faithfully practicing Catholics often recoil at the contradictory nature of public figures’ actions and their claims of being Catholic. Especially when they continue their scandalous behavior and yet, present themselves for Holy Communion. How can, for example, the Speaker of the House claim to be faithfully Catholic, regularly receive the Eucharist, and yet vigorously fight for the right to abortion?...

tolerance, hell

Tolerating Ourselves Right Into Hell

Wake up people! We are on our way to hell! Tolerance has become the word of the century. Lest we be accused of being intolerant, we stay silent on the most obnoxious topics. There is an all out war raging against what is good, right, and just. Yet we sit in our pews weekly (weakly) and listen to the Word,...

bigotry

White, Catholic, Conservative
The Accepted Form of Bigotry

As the story of the post-March for Life encounter between an Indian activist and a Covington Catholic HS student continues, much misinformation remains. At first blush, media narratives and abbreviated video clips appeared to indict student, Nick Sandmann. Wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) cap, he stood closely facing an ageing Indian man. The Indian, Nathan Phillips, was beating a...

extraordinary minister of holy communion, ordinary minister, extraordinary minister,

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
They Are Called Extraordinary for a Reason

Communion Ministers, a term commonly ascribed to those who participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist by assisting the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion, is a misnomer. This may explain many misconceptions concerning the purpose for their role and their extensive use. The proper title, though largely ignored, is Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Correcting the misused label...

jesus, manifestation, baptism

The Four Manifestations of Christ

Jesus lived an obscure, private family life for three decades. During this time His life was not unlike any others of His time in history. Scripture tells us that Mary pondered many things in her heart. She knew His full identity and knew he was destined for greatness. Undoubtedly, she also greatly basked in the honor of raising the Son of...