Discover that the Bible is not a collection of unrelated books, but one story.
Years ago, I was washing up some pots, just before dinner, when all of a sudden a word popped into my head, seemingly out of nowhere. I turned around and blurted out to my kids, who were doing homework around the kitchen table, “Sophistry! The word that keeps coming to me is sophistry.” Of course,…… Continue reading Is It Truth or Sophistry?
Pope Francis is like a canary in the coal mine, identifying toxic trends in our society, then, offering hope as he suggests Christian solutions to current issues. The expression, a canary in the coal mine, is a saying which refers to caged canaries miners would bring with them into mine tunnels. These birds were used…… Continue reading Pope Francis Is Like A Canary in the Coal Mine
Founded in 2010 by screenwriter and filmmaker Frank Xavier Panico, “Xs in the Sky Films” proudly embraces faith-based movies. This company is unashamed of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Mr.Panico became absolutely fed up with the onslaught of films that portray Christians as corny mindless fanatical nerds who were the subject of…… Continue reading Celebrating Frank Xavier Panico’s Faith-Based Movies
The secular world desperately needs to hear the perspective of Catholics on pressing issues, especially on the sanctity of human life. However, most religious authors write in a small niche, read mainly by fellow Catholics and perhaps a few other critics we would secretly love to block. An amusing analogy came to me the other…… Continue reading Am I Writing Like a Worker Ant or a Child of God?
“How I would love a Church which is poor and for the poor.” – Pope Francis Pope Francis consistently proclaims traditional with joy. Even better, he has joyfully lived out what he has preached for decades. Ironically, conservative American Catholics are outraged when they hear Pope Francis criticize individualism and unbridled consumerism. They feel threatened…… Continue reading Pope Francis Challenges Us to Live The Joy of the Gospel
No one actually believes people are to blame if they need eyeglasses to read or insulin to fight diabetes but they still heap abuse on people with depression or anxiety as if these diseases were signs of a weak character or a lack of faith.
The worst possible fate for me would be to die and discover that I had lived an existence similar to the allegory described in Plato’s Cave. Plato describes man’s condition as similar to living chained in a cave, looking at shadows on the wall cast from a candle; believing that was what life was all…… Continue reading Are We Living a Shadow Life?
On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics…… Continue reading Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth
Consider these quotes from the saints: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” -St. Catherine of Sienna “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” -St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein) In other words, be who you were created to be; discover who you…… Continue reading When a Fish Tries To Fly
“Where Art Meets Your Soul” I enjoy discovering and promoting contemporary Catholic artists. Pavol Olsavsky III, a Slovakian-born artist, stepped out and contacted me after seeing my post, Ladislav Zaborsky: Imprisoned for His Art. Olsavsky has been influenced mainly by this Slovakian master, who just died before Christmas 2016. I can see Zaborsky’s influence in Olsavsky’s use of…… Continue reading Discovering a New Catholic Artist: Pavol Olsavsky
I am embarrassed to admit it but I have often attended ecumenical conferences and tucked my crucifix and medal under my shirt so the Protestants would not identify me as a Catholic.
I was struggling to put down in words an encounter with God which happened on Friday, January 15, 2016 . . . yesterday. I knew for the change to take root, I had to articulate the experience so I would remember and not fall into old patterns once again, as I have a thousand other…… Continue reading Catholic Artist, Ladislav Zaborsk, Helps Communicate My Spiritual Encounter
Next door, lazy Sloppy Joe reaped bumper crops. It was galling because relaxed Sloppy Joe’s animals also thrived. Squeaky Clean could not fathom what he was doing wrong.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Catholic novelist Ruth Hogan Herne about her latest novel “Refuge of the Heart”. Ruth is a gifted storyteller; I was captivated by the characters, plot and message of this novel before I finished reading the first chapter. Her prose is well-written, and the dialogue sounds true to…… Continue reading Interview With Ruth Hogan Herne: “Refuge of the Heart”
I suddenly realized I really have not articulated, in one spot, how God has led me.
Catholics don’t think of Jesus as an evangelist but as a simple story teller. Well parables were and still are the most powerful vehicles for truth because they hook into people’s lives.
Today, Oct. 15, is the Feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus. I love this woman. Although she is a doctor of the Church and one of the three great 16th century Spanish mystics (along with St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. John of the Cross), she is humourous as well…… Continue reading Funny, Smart, Holy: Teresa of Avila
Pope Francis consistently proclaims traditional Catholic Social Teaching with joy. Even better, he has joyfully lived out what he has preached for decades. Ironically, conservative American Catholics are outraged when they hear Pope Francis criticize individualism and unbridled consumerism
Mommy, Mommy, When you Pray, by Kimberly Cook, is a delightful picture book, written and illustrated by a mother with an eye for colour and an ear for lyrical language. This little book will capture the hearts and minds of children as well as their parents. Images and words work together harmoniously as her colourful illustrations and words…… Continue reading Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray?