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Catholics Should Read, Pray, Live and Love the Bible as the Word of God

Published on CATHOLIC ONLINE In the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (In Latin, Dei Verbum) a beautiful teaching from the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council on the Word of God, we read this explanation of the Bible: (I)n the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and […]

Ordinary Catholics Talking Back to Bishops — Just Like the Church Tells Them To

Published on THE STREAM Prior to the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church, an old adage was used in reference to the role of the laity in the Catholic Church. It was said that they were to “pray, pay and obey.” Like many overstatements, it was not entirely accurate. But it did have a […]

There is Always a Ram in the Thicket. The Lord Will Provide

Published on THE STREAM In the 22nd chapter of Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures we read the familiar story of the faith of Abraham and the test which he endured. That test showed the single-mindedness of this one called our father in faith in the Canon of the Catholic Mass. He is listed […]

Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trinity Lutheran Church and Religious Freedom

Published on THE STREAM In April, the Justices of the United States Supreme Court will hear a significant religious freedom case concerning the proper interpretation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. The case is styled Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley. The Lutheran parish after which the case is named […]

The Way – The First Christians

The early followers of Jesus were first called Christians at Antioch – that means followers of Christ, followers of the Messiah. What were they called before that? They were called The Way, and the new way because they lived differently. They lived differently because of their encounter with the Lord Jesus. They thought differently. They […]

Thomas Aquinas, Fat in Body, Muscular in Mind and Heart, Offers us Good Theology

Published on CatholicOnline On January 28th, the Catholic Church of the Latin Rite commemorates the great Western theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. As I grow older, the sheer magnitude of the gifts the Lord gave to this man become clearer and clearer in their significance for the whole Church in this urgent hour. I also marvel […]

Happy New Year 2017. We CAN Begin Again Through Jesus Christ

Published on CatholicOnline New Year’s Eve celebrations are staggered around the globe due to the different time zones, but we all have this in common, no matter where we live geographically – we welcome the end of one calendar year and the beginning of a new one. The manner of celebrating may differ, but we […]

Honor the Holy Family by Becoming a Holy Family

Published on Catholic Online During the Octave (eight days) of Christmas we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family in the Latin Rite calendar of the Catholic Church. The significance of the Feast becomes much clearer when we consider the deeper truths it reveals. Yes, it teaches us about Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. But it […]

Free Asia Bibi! Seven Year Imprisonment of Christian Woman in Pakistan Calls for Action

Published on THE STREAM The Center for the Study of Global Christianity will soon publish its statistics for calendar year 2016. It will report that 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith. Another source, Open Doors, puts the number significantly higher. Neither figure addresses the number of Christians who are in prison, precisely because of their […]

The Catholic Deacon as Ordained Minister on the Feast of St Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

Published on Catholic Online. Permission to republish granted I write on the Feast of St Stephen in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. This is a very meaningful Feast for me. I have been ordained to this order of Catholic Clergy for over twenty years. Stephen was not only the first Martyr, but he […]