Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Bearing Wrongs Patiently; Spiritual Work of Mercy

bearing wrongs patiently As with every month, during this Year of Mercy, I choose a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dive into the details. This month we discuss the spiritual work of mercy of bearing wrongs patiently.

Have you ever been accused of something for which you were innocent? Perhaps your spouse blamed you for leaving the dirty dishes in the sink. Or perhaps your neighbor accused you of calling the police on them because of their rowdy party this past weekend. Whatever the reason, we all bear wrongs of others. Yet, do we do it patiently?

Do we look at these incidents and become defensive? Do we feel the need to defend our honor and the truth? Or, do Continue reading

Pride Will Infiltrate Your Soul; Chiseling Required

pride We conclude with the seventh installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Pride: the root of all evil!

Pride will infiltrate your soul, leaving no room for anything else. It will drive your thoughts and actions, if you let it. You don’t even know what is happening to you at the time. Unbeknownst to me, that is exactly what happened to me! Only upon reflection, and with a true dose of honesty, can one start the process of moving from prideful to humble. Here is my story:

When I was a child, I wore braces on my feet. I suffered through many surgeries to attempt to correct my clubbed feet. As a result, Continue reading

Anger Will Destroy You, If You Let It

anger This begins a seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today, in part 1 of 7, we start with Anger.

Do you ever get so angry that your face turns red, your blood pressure rises, and you lose control? When this happens, do you ever stop to think about what really causes you to experience such rage?

Anger arises when an evil persists in the face of our resistance or when a good remains beyond our grasp, despite our efforts. 1

Anger is a natural emotion. Even Jesus lost his temper with the money-changers at the Temple. Yet, Jesus’ anger was righteous; used for the purpose of defending His Father’s house. For most of us though, Continue reading

Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient

Lexies Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient Let me introduce you to Lexie Goodwin from Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya – Love is Patient, written by Susan G. Mathis, and illustrated by April Stark. Love is Patient is the first installment in a series of children’s books that Mathis and Stark plan to produce based upon 1 Corinthians 13.

This intended series uses a very interesting approach in teaching children, not only about the facets of love, but also about interacting with others, as well as about living in another part of the world. Lexie’s parents visit missionaries and assist them in their efforts. They bring their children, Lexie and Cori along for the adventure.

In Love is Patient, Mathis and Stark address bullying, a rather Continue reading

Fruits of the Spirit: Virtues to Cherish

Fruits of the Spirit

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23)

Do you notice something in common with all of these fruits of the Spirit? Each one of them is also a virtue! As I was studying for my Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology, I came across this passage from Galatians, and it hit me: Virtue must be very important to the Holy Spirit, when six of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, received at Confirmation are virtues, and all nine of the fruits of the Spirit are virtues.

Bearing fruits of the Spirit is the outcome that results from our living a Christ-like life. When we imitate Christ, Continue reading

Faith’s Patience: The Back Story

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Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity: Finding Patience (The Back Story)

Faith was anxious about moving to a new town. That meant a new house, new school, and new friends. Faith was shy and found it difficult to make new friends. She dreaded the move and all of the change that would ensue. Faith had very little patience. She wanted to claim her “new normal,” ASAP, for she knew that once things settled down, she would feel more comfortable about this move. Faith did not welcome change!

It was all her Daddy’s fault for getting that new job. If it wasn’t for him, she would be at home in her old house, with her friends from her old school. Being Continue reading

Our Lenten Journey – Check-In Time!

Our Lenten Journey

Can you believe it! We are already three weeks into Lent – half way through the Lenten season. I thought this would be a good time to check in with everyone to see how we are all doing with our Lenten sacrifices/growth in virtue.

Pope Francis gave us a challenge to give up “indifference” this Lent. As soon as I read this article I said, “Good idea, but this means that we will really need to strap on some virtue to accomplish this task.”

My Lenten Journey

As you may recall, my Lenten promise was to practice patience, and not lose my temper so quickly. I knew that much prayer would be needed. Knowing that the root cause for losing Continue reading

Seek Virtue This Lent!

Seek Virtue

Seek Virtue this Lent!

Rather than giving up chocolate, only to devour the solid chocolate Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday, seek virtue this Lent. Rather than giving up drinking alcohol, only to pop the cork on the Champagne this Easter Sunday, seek virtue this Lent. Rather than giving up television, only to sit in front of the TV all day Easter Sunday watching your shows on demand, seek virtue this Lent.

So many times, year after year, we temporarily give up something we love as a sacrifice for Lent in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. I suggest taking a different and possibly more difficult route this year. My idea will not only show Jesus how much you love Continue reading