Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Do You Carry Christ’s Love Within You?

Christ's loveDo you carry Christ’s love within you? Without thinking, many of us would most likely say, yes! I would like for you to think about this question more deeply before answering. Let me ask you a few questions to help you assess the correct answer:

Do you love your neighbor unconditionally?

  • When you think of the massive number of people walking up from Honduras and Guatemala, seeking refuge in safer lands, do you feel a sense of compassion for them? Do you understand their plight? Can you recognize them as your brothers and sisters in Christ?
  • When someone sins against you, can you forgive that person? Is it in your heart to grant that person mercy?
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And the Race is On…How Best to Prepare for Christmas

Race is on

The leftover turkey and fixings are still in the fridge. Yet, I have to ask. Have you got your Christmas shopping done yet? You know, you only have 29 days until Christmas! And the race is on…

This year we have the longest possible timeline to prepare for Christmas with Thanksgiving falling on November 22nd. What will we do with all that extra time? Rather than four weekends to shop for presents, we have five weekends this year. Bonus!

Are You a Tortoise or a Hare?

Do you see yourself as the tortoise or the hare in this year’s race to get everything done before Christmas day? If you are the tortoise, you patiently pace yourself, making a Continue reading

Giving Thanks is Rather Easy

Giving ThanksOn this day before Thanksgiving, I would like to wish you, and yours, a very Happy Thanksgiving. At this time of year, we take some time to count our blessings and show our appreciation for loved ones, near and far. Giving thanks to God for all His bountiful blessings is the right thing to do. Yet, we should not reserve giving thanks to one day out of the year.

Giving Thanks in Your Morning Offering

God is gracious to us every day. Every morning, as we wake, the first thing we should do is give thanks for this day. You can make it part of your morning offering to God. What is a morning offering you might ask? I use Continue reading

What Do You Want Jesus to Do for You?

Jesus AsksIn today’s Gospel, we hear from the blind beggar, who begs Jesus to hear his plea. Jesus asks in response:

What do you want me to do for you? (Luke 18:41)

The beggar asks Jesus to cure him of his blindness. Jesus responds, “have sight; your faith has saved you” (Luke 18:42). So, the blind man now sees, and he sees through the eyes of faith. It is because of the man’s faith that he not only sees physically, but he also comes to understand spiritually that Jesus is Our Savior and Redeemer.

Jesus Asks You This Question, Too!

This is a hefty question to consider. If Jesus sat across from you today, and asked you the same Continue reading

Do You Remember to Thank Jesus Daily?

Thank JesusIn today’s Gospel, we hear about the exchange between Jesus and one the ten lepers. Of the ten, only one Samaritan leper came back to thank Jesus for curing him. Jesus’ response was rather frank, and in the form of a series of questions:

Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:17-18)

So, I’ll get right to the point, on this post. Are you more like the nine who failed to return to give thanks? Or, are you more like the one Samaritan leper because you thank Jesus routinely for His blessings? Maybe, you are somewhere along the spectrum between these two extremes.

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Entering the Season of Compassion

Season of Compassion

It’s that time of year, when the leaves fall from the trees, signaling winter is on the way. The smell of pumpkin pies waft through the air. The flag football game ends with a round of beers and good cheer. It’s also the time of year that we tend to open our hearts and our pocketbooks and look to ease the strain of those less fortunate. We enter the season of compassion.

The holidays can be a difficult time for some people; especially if someone we love has recently passed away. Or, perhaps someone we love has lost a job. Loss and holiday cheer are at opposite ends of the celebration spectrum.

Enter the Season of Compassion

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The Distortion of All Hallowed Eve

All Hallowed EveHalloween is my least favorite holiday. I believe that it is a holiday that has become completely distorted from its original intent. Halloween comes from the phrase, All Hallowed Eve, denoting the eve of All Saints Day; a day where we honor those who have journeyed before us, who won the crown of Heaven.

In the 21st century, we now view October 31st as a day to trick or treat; to wear costumes hiding our real appearance and watch horror movies. I don’t like any of those things, as the root of how we spend the day is in glorifying evil. We do so by wearing fake blood with a fake hatchet sitting on top of our heads. Continue reading

Jesus’ Mercy Abounds – Even on the Sabbath

Jesus' MercyIn today’s Gospel from Luke 13:10-17, we see Jesus confronting synagogue leaders. They accuse Jesus of curing the sick on the Sabbath, as if that was a bad thing. Why? Because the leaders of the synagogue believe that such activity constitutes work, and work was forbidden on the Sabbath. Therefore, they think Jesus violated Jewish law. They did not correlate Jesus’ action to Jesus’ mercy.

Jesus’ Mercy Abounds

With great hindsight, and two thousand years of scriptural interpretation, we can look at this passage, and quickly come to judgment that the synagogue leaders were wrong in their thought process. The mercy that Jesus bestowed upon the woman that day was an act of love for neighbor on Jesus’ part. Through Continue reading