Category: Sacred Scripture

Who is the Catholic Deacon?

What does the word “deacon” mean? The Catholic deacon is not very well understood. Perhaps it is because the Greek word for deacon, diakonos, was used in so many different ways when the New Testament was written. The meaning of the Greek word includes attendant, waiter, teacher, pastor, minister or servant (Strong’s Concordance).  “In [Acts] ...

Covenants With God in the Pentateuch

I. The Pentateuch's Central Theme The first five books of the Roman Catholic Canon of Sacred Scripture are collectively called the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch includes the Old Testament books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The word “Pentateuch” comes from the Greek words pente meaning five and teuchos meaning rolls or scrolls. Jews refer ...

Are you ready to follow Jesus? Good. Now burn your bridges, sink your ships and smash your computers.

You have probably heard the saying "Don't burn your bridges." This small snippet of wisdom is meant to teach us to keep all of our options open in case we need to retreat back to a place of safety. For example we may want to return to an old career after a new career doesn't ...

Hearing God’s Voice in the Silence

When I was laid off in 2009 it was devastating. My ego was severely bruised. I went from making a six-figure income at a prestigious law firm to zero in the blink of an eye. I worried about how my wife and I were going to raise two children and pay our mortgage. The next ...

Evangeline’s Story: Peace in the Desert

In December I shared the first part of Evangeline’s story with you. I told you how questions arose about my daughter’s health during the pregnancy and how she was born with a large bump on her lower back. I told you how I almost passed out in the delivery room and how I wondered what ...

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 ...

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 ...

Five Ways to Pray Like Jesus

In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Jesus teaches us The Lord’s Prayer. (Matt 6:9-15; Luke 11:1-4) The words Jesus gave us are universally accepted by Christians as the perfect prayer, but if we read Matthew closely, we discover more about not only the words that Jesus taught us, but also how he prayed. In ...

The Armor of God

Yesterday we celebrated Memorial Day when we honor and remember the warriors who gave their lives for this country. Over the past two hundred years, brave men and women have fought all over the world to protect the freedoms that we cherish so dearly. Today’s weapons of war are more lethal than the weapons we ...

A Reflection on Leadership: Don’t be a “rotten grape” or a “wretched tenant”

One of the most discussed topics in organizations today is the subject of "leadership." There are books and TED talks galore telling us all how to be great leaders. Some of them provide good insights, but notwithstanding all of the material out there on this subject, many people still have a fundamental misunderstanding about what ...