"It's not in Scripture." "It's a tradition of man -- and the Bible explicitly condemns traditions of man." "You've got something on your face..." If you're Catholic, it is not uncommon to hear these phrases around the beginning of Lent. In fact, as a practicing Catholic with a Theology degree living in the Bible belt...... Continue Reading →
One day is not long enough to celebrate the fact that God became Incarnate. The Catholic Church celebrates this feast for 12 whole days - which brings to mind a certain Christmas Carol.
There's a repeating pattern throughout the Old Testament: God gives, man sins, God calls man back, man sins, God calls man back, man sins... etc. It's easy to be distracted, maybe even disheartened, by the multitude of mankind's failings. However, if we shift our focus from ourselves and look at what God does, it's rather... Continue Reading →
Buddy the Elf may say that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear... but I think he's wrong. In our house, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is through decorating -- and when one knows the deeper meaning behind certain decorations, it brings a much deeper meaning... Continue Reading →
Obviously, I am not Jewish, but because of my love for Scripture (particularly the Old Testament), I am fascinated by Jewish feasts and customs. I actually want to celebrate them... it makes sense to me. It's a part of Salvation History, and they are feasts that Christ himself would have celebrated as he grew up!... Continue Reading →
Every single one of us needed saving from sin -- including Mary. It just so happens that God saved her outside of time. This post provides an explanation and an analogy to help understand the Immaculate Conception.
You've probably heard of it. You can also probably deduce what takes place on this day simply by the name of the feast "The Presentation of Mary" -- but have you ever stopped to think and reflect on what this feast really means for you in your life today?
Jesus tells his disciples, “be perfect, just as my Heavenly Father is perfect....” Blindly, I once thought this was a call to never err... I thought Jesus didn't want me to make mistakes. I was wrong... the Heavenly Father is perfect because he is love. This is a call to perfection is a call to be perfect in love… in all that we do. It is in love (the person and the action) that our sanctity lies.