Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Preaching the Strange Word by Bishop Barron

Bishop Robert Barron published a new article today called Preaching the Strange Word. Like everything he puts out, it's worth a read! Just click the article's title.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Be A Disciple!

Franciscan University Conference Office wants to help you be a disciple of Jesus Christ. They have put together a series of short videos from some of their best conference speakers and friends of the University. You can sign up to receive one video every day for the entire month of September. It's simple. Just click the link below and go to the page where you sign up. There is a short informational video you can watch if you are interested, or just sign up. Who doesn't want help to #BeADisciple ?

Click Here to be Taken to the "Be A Disciple" Page!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Are Catholic Families Having a Crisis of Faith?

I have often said that we do not have a "vocations crisis" in the Church, we have a "faith crisis" in the Church. If more young people were growing up fostering healthy prayer lives and seeking God's will for their vocation, I believe we would have an abundance of vocations to the priesthood. This could be said of many issues that our Church and parishes face. If every member of the parish prayed daily, frequented the sacraments, and sought God's will daily, volunteers for ministries would be abundant, the Church would have greater outreach to non-Catholics, food pantries would be full, Catholic schools would be overflowing, and there would be plenty of money to fix the leaky roof at the rectory.

Gregory Popcak's article focuses on the family and the results of a CARA study. I encourage you to read the article (linked below) but don't stop there. Ask yourself how you can make a difference. Maybe it's sharing your faith with someone, or encouraging your neighbors to bring their kids to religious education class, or inviting a family member who no longer goes to Mass to go with you to Church this Sunday. As Gregory Popcak says, "Both the Church and the world need Godly families who are prepared to witness the Catholic vision of life and love." This couldn't be more true. In a time when Catholics are being killed in other parts of the world, and basic Catholic moral teachings are being attacked in the media, in the courts, and in the public square, we need strong Catholic families. As a friend of mine put it, "We need to be raising kids who are prepared to me martyrs." Sobering, but true.

Click Here for Gregory Popcak's Article


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Will You Accept or Reject Truth?

Msgr Charles Pope has a great article today called, "The Real Jesus Wants to Know Where You Stand." The question is, "Where do I stand on what?" This is a question that you had better know the answer to.

Click here to read the article.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Time To Pray

Fr. Mike Schmitz addresses the issue of not thinking that we have enough time to pray. This video clip is less than 3 minutes long and something all of us should hear often.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Do You Just Have to be a "Good Person" to Go to Heaven?

OOne of my pet peeves is when someone reference that you just need to be a "good person" to go to Heaven. Today's Aggie Catholic blog post by Marcel Lejeune dives into this topic. I recently had a chance to meet Marcel and he showed my daughter and I around the Aggie Catholic Mother Ship. He is the real deal. Give this a read.

Click Here to go to the Aggie Catholic blog

Get A Free Scott Hahn Book

For a short time, you can get a free Scott Hahn book (download) just for visiting the Emmaus Road web site. The St. Paul Center for Biblical Studies recently purchased Emmaus Road, and wants to attract people to the site as they Re-Kick Off the publishing Company. Take advantage of it!

Click Here For Free Download of Scott Hahn Book


Pope's Encyclical for Your E-Reader

You can get the Pope's new encyclical, Laudato Si, in a format for your Kindle, or other E-reader at the link below:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Talking Death Penalty...

There has been a lot of talk on the cable news stations this week about the death penalty. This is
primarily because of the trial of the Boston bombers. In listening to the banter, I noticed that the general public takes a very different approach to the death penalty than the Catholic Church does. In short, the public looks at the death penalty as a form of punishment, while the Church looks at it as a form of self defense.

The TV news host asks his "expert" guest the question, "Do you feel (insert name here) should receive the death penalty?" Invariable the answer focuses on the crime(s) committed and whether those crimes are horrendous enough to warrant the punishment of putting the criminal to death. Never does the question arise if there is any necessity to put the person to death. Sometimes the idea of "justice" may come up, but the form of justice that they speak of can be summed up in the words, "an eye for an eye."

This is a very different approach than what we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church which focuses on whether the death penalty "is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor." In other words, it is an extension of the principals of proportionate force and self defense; "the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty," when it is necessary in order to defend human lives ("self defense") and when there is no other "non-lethal means... sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor." ("proportionate force")

Catholic teaching on the death penalty reaffirms the dignity of the human person, the hope that all sinners will turn to Christ in repentance, and society's current ability to keep persons in incarceration, when she states in the Catechism that, "the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity 'are very rare, if not practically non-existent.'" The primary concern in regard to all of our actions remains the salvation of every soul.

All references are from CCC 2267

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Affordable Catholic Theology Classes

Dr. Taylor Marshall has a fantastic idea a while back. He wanted to make higher level Catholic theological studies available to more people, with a reasonable time commitment, and at an affordable price. He started the New Saint Thomas Institute. Each class lasts just a month and takes very little time commitment. This is not an accredited college/university. While they do offer 4 certificates, the purpose it to provide affordable and accessible higher education in Catholic theology rather than a degree. They only accept new enrollment once a year, and that is happening now. Take a look.

New Saint Thomas Institute