Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Ending the Partisanship! Finding Solutions!

Finding SolutionsI don’t know about you, but I am tired of the partisanship that pervades the halls of the U.S. Government, as well as society in general. Rather than sticking to the prescribed partisan “talking points” of divisiveness, we need to find solutions that positively impact the American majority. Who cares if a good idea comes from a Democrat or a Republican, if the idea is a good one? Finding solutions can be accomplished, if we, and our lawmakers, would act as follows:

  1. Collaborate! Truly listen to each other and seek the best ideas to solve problems, regardless of the point of origin.
  2. Compromise! God never said that he would give us everything that we want. So, why do Continue reading

Finding Goodness in a Divisive Society

Finding GoodnessWe live in such a divisive society, here in the United States, and around the world. Satan is hard at work pitting us against each other. He wants us to forget that we all come from the same Supreme Being. As adults, why is it so easy for us to quickly notice the differences of others, rather than common ground? We weren’t like that as children. When we were young, we simply played with anyone who would play with us. We found common ground in the love of “play,” in toys shared, and in having fun together. We need to find that goodness, once again – this time as adults. Finding goodness in a divisive society can be a challenge, Continue reading

Finding Our Moral Compass

Moral CompassHave we lost our moral compass? Am I the only one who thinks our society has fallen prey to:

  • Placing other idols ahead of God?
  • Thinking we know what is right, all the time?
  • Diminishing the severity of sexual sins?
  • Finding lying acceptable?
  • Considering our own self-worth far superior to others?

Losing Our Moral Compass of the First Commandment

How often do we do what we want, and not what we ought to do? For example, how often do we place political party positions ahead of God’s position, because it is easier to side with our political party affiliations rather than with God? We fail to ask, “What would Jesus do?” For example, would Jesus let children be separated from Continue reading

Jesus Asks: What is Your Name? (Mark 5:9)

What is your name

In today’s Gospel from Mark, (Mark 5:1-20), I pondered why Jesus asked the demon, “What is your name?” (Mark 5:9). Why would Jesus ask such a question, when Jesus, as God, knows everything? And the demons know Jesus’ true identity! Well, what Jesus is really doing here, by asking the demon for his name, is turning the tables on the demon, “thus gaining power over the demon possessing the man.”1  The demon must respond to Jesus’ inquiry, because He must respond to God. By doing so, the demon reveals his name. Jesus doesn’t need to do the same in return, because He is God. Thus, Jesus exerts His power over the demon.

This encounter from today’s Gospel reminds Continue reading

Understanding God’s Word

God's WordIn today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus tell the parable of the sower. Jesus knew that the Apostles did not completely understand what He tried to convey. He responded to them by asking, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables” (Mark 4:13)? Understanding God’s Word requires some interpretation.

As you read Scripture, do you confidently think you truly understand what God conveys in the passages that you read? Odds are the answer is no, and if you answered no, then you are in good company. Some passages are easy to discern. Then there are others that have multiple meanings, or multiple layers to discern. How, then, are we to discern the Continue reading

Wisdom from the Western Isles – Book Review

Wisdom from the Western IslesIf you want to grow in spirituality, and learn the mystic way, then you will want to get a copy of David Torkington’s Wisdom from the Western Isles.

In this thought provoking book, we meet the main character, Peter Calvay, a mystic in his own right. He acts as a spiritual guide for a young man named James. Torkington does a masterful job at interweaving the stories of the two men’s lives, who are completely different. James is Protestant, searching for meaning in his life. Peter is a middle-aged Catholic, who experienced much spiritual growth and is considered a mystic.

Through Peter’s kindness and willingness to share his experiences and knowledge with James, we all get the benefit of Continue reading

The Importance of Fasting

 

importance of fastingIn today’s Gospel, from Mark 2:18-22, we see Jesus ask the people, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them” (Mark 2:19)?  He asks this question in response to an inquiry about why Jesus’ disciples are not conducting the proper fast. This question has many layers of understanding behind it. So, let’s first set the stage with some proper background information. This will help us better understand where this question stems from, and why fasting is important.

In typical Jewish tradition, the Jews fasted on the Day of Atonement, asking forgiveness of sins. They would do this because they knew that sin separates us from God. Fasting reminds us of our need for Continue reading

Embracing Temperance in the New Year

Embracing temperanceWe’re two weeks into the New Year, and many of us have already failed to live up to our New Year’s resolution to lose weight, and/or to get fit. Why? Because we lack the virtue of Temperance. Embracing Temperance helps us to gain control over our passions, even the passion for food and the lack of passion for exercise!

I love to eat good food, and I detest any exercise. As a result, all the weight that I lost a few years ago returned – every pound of it! I know this is not healthy for me. Yet, when your “Temperance Tank” is running on empty, it is very difficult to make positive change. That’s why we fail to live Continue reading