“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 by the pope’s call for government policies which would welcome … 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. Continue reading It is Important for Catholics to Understand Mental Illness
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 about. When one person manages to break free and stumbles … 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 will most likely overreact when they read the title of … 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 are in Christ and then simply allow this inner reality to … 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 brilliant colours and light. His work ranges from paintings to … 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. Continue reading Are You Saved?
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 times. The joy was too wonderful to allow it to … 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. Continue reading A Parable: Squeaky Clean and Sloppy Joe
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 life. My reaction to this novel reminded me of the … 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. Continue reading 10 Facts About My Faith Journey
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. Continue reading Yes, Catholics CAN Evangelize
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 as wise. + St. Teresa of Avila is the real … 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 Continue reading Pope Francis Challenges Us to Live The Joy of the Gospel
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 vibrate with joy. I smiled as I read every page. … Continue reading Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray?
“The Internet…is something truly good, a gift from God.” Pope Francis The pope speaks out loudly and clearly, without compromise on a variety of topics such as: true charity, women, part-time Christians, the internet as a gift from God, prayer, each child is a gift, a Church which is bruised, Peter denies Christ, climate change, we have a Lord who is capable of crying with … Continue reading WOW Words from Pope Francis
“Take note: if the Church is alive, she must always surprise.
It is incumbent upon the living Church to astound.” Continue reading Focusing on Pope Francis: Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 331
“Faith is passed by contact, from one person to another, just as a candle is lighted from another.” This quote and image illustrate the Holy Saturday Vigil. The church is dark. A bonfire, made from last years blessed palms, blazes outside. A priest lights the Pascal candle from this fire. He chants three times- once at the back of the church, once in the middle and … Continue reading Focusing on Pope Francis: Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 2
“No one is excluded from life’s hope, from God’s love.”Pope Francis Continue reading Focusing on Pope Francis: Three-Day Quote Challenge – Day 1
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 day which clarifies this dilemma. Consider the life of an … Continue reading Are We Writing Like Worker Ants or Children of God?