Are you a sheep or a goat?

The first Sunday of Advent's Gospel reading (December 2, 2018) tells us that the end of time will be so dramatic that some people will die of fright in anticipation of Christ’s return (Luke 21:26). “For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth” (Luke 21:35). Assault, which is associated ...

Three Ways Thanksgiving is like the Catholic Mass

Give Thanks The central purpose of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for our blessings received throughout the year. The central purpose of the Mass is the Eucharist which comes from the Greek word meaning thanksgiving. Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. The Greek words eucharistein and eulogein recall the Jewish blessings ...

What does the Catholic Church Teach About Immigration?

It is being reported that 7,000 immigrants are walking to the United States’ southern border just in time for a contentious midterm election. Some carry flags from their home countries. Some sing national anthems from their home countries. Their chants include “Si se pudo!” (“Yes, we could [can]!”) What does the Catholic Church teach about ...

Why we believe God is Holy Trinity

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is beyond complete human understanding, but let me share one particular reason with you why we believe God is Holy Trinity. God Lacks Nothing God lacks nothing. He is full and complete. In fact, God is so full that His goodness overflows to us. His grace is "superabundant." If ...

Are You Scandalized?

First there were resignations by the Chilean bishops. Then there was Cardinal McCarrick and the revelation of the Pennsylvania grand jury report. And now we have allegations by Archbishop Vigano about Pope Francis. God’s People have been abused. We feel betrayed. The Body of Christ is hurting. Catholics are asking themselves many questions. How could ...

Five Reasons Why the Church Needs Deacons Right Now

[Please visit Relevant Radio to listen to my interview about this article.]  Many people don’t know exactly what deacons are or how they fit into the Church. This article provides five reasons why we need permanent deacons in the Church right now, but before we do that let’s look at the differences between transitional and ...

What if…David Versus Goliath

The Bible is full of interesting details which can be easily overlooked. One such example is in the story of David and Goliath, which appears in 1 Samuel 17:1–54. Saul, who is the King of Israel, gives his armor coat, bronze helmet, and sword to young David who has volunteered to fight Goliath. The giant ...

Finnan and the Seven Mountains: A Catholic Story for the New Evangelization

I once read a book that said whoever tells and lives the best stories will rule the future. That book did not take into account Divine Providence and God's Grace, but the statement bears truth nevertheless. Media (TV, Internet, movies, books, etc.) is dominated by the secular world, but people are looking for more than ...

Are certain occupations incompatible with being Catholic?

There are certain occupations that are obviously incompatible with being Catholic. For example, a doctor who performs abortions or assisted suicide. Any business involving prostitution or pornography. Selling illegal drugs or performing any other work that requires you to engage in illegal activity. But what about other occupations like the law? I am interested in ...

Can Good Leaders Afford to be Patient with Underperforming Team Members?

I recently read an article about patience in the workplace. The author argues that patience is not really a virtue or, at best, it is a ”minor” virtue because it is not one of the theological or cardinal virtues. The author says that consumer impatience is good because it forces the market to create better ...

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