On the feast of St. Gianna, I wanted to share a part of my ongoing conversion story and faith experiences. Almost ten years ago, I had an unexpected encounter with this selfless saint.
I have independent tendencies, even when it came to my spiritual life. While there's nothing completely wrong about this, the fact that I was only relying on myself did cause a major wound at one point. The Good Shepherd had to step in and remind me that I am a sheep, not a shepherd... I don't have to take care of myself.
Whenever a loved one asks for prayers, it's common that we may respond with a question such as, "What's his name?" or, "What day are you traveling?" or, "What time is the surgery?" Something about the details makes us feel connected... especially if we are thinking about that person on the specific day, at the specific time. For me, the events of the Triduum are no different. Here's an approximate timeline of the events of Good Friday.
Most Catholics believe that the Eucharist is necessary for salvation...it's probably even one of the main reasons they are Catholic. However, many Catholics fail to give their Protestant peers a solid answer as to why we believe this to be true about the Eucharist. While there are multiple arguments and reasons to support our belief in the New Testament, today's post highlights some support from the Old Testament
A quick and easy overview of the order of events that took place during Holy Week- with a special emphasis on those things I think most people do not know or have not thought about.
"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 →
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?