Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Road to Emmaus: Jesus Asks Several Questions

Road to EmmausIn today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus asks a series of three questions to two men on the Road to Emmaus:

  1. What are you discussing as you walk along? (Luke 24:17)
  2. What sort of things? (Luke 24:19)
  3. Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory? (Luke 24:26)

Let’s unpack each question, one at a time, to see what Our Lord is trying to say to us.

More Questions?

What were the men discussing as Jesus approached them? They were discussing Christ’s death on the cross, saddened that who they thought would redeem the Jewish people, was now dead. Their hopes, dashed. It seems they lost faith in Jesus. Has that ever happened to Continue reading

Find God in Your Home, Especially in This Time of Crisis

Find GodI hope that you are still staying at home, sheltering in place, doing your part to help abate the Coronavirus. Yesterday was Easter Sunday, a joyous day when we celebrate Christ’s rising from the dead. My original plan was to attend the Easter Vigil, as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Coordinator, to see six people receive their sacraments. I’ve worked with these folks for months, getting them ready for this day. Yet, on this Easter Sunday, the churches in my Diocese are still closed, with Easter Sunday Mass streamed across the internet. I know that God is present everywhere, and at all times, but let’s face it. It’s just not the same, when you cannot receive the Continue reading

Offer Our Suffering with Christ

Suffering with ChristThese are very difficult times we are in right now. As the Coronavirus makes its way across the world, many people suffer from the symptoms: fever, cough and respiratory problems. The Coronavirus is similar to the flu, but deadlier. Anyone who has had the flu knows how bad the flu can make you feel. Add the fear of no remedy, treatment or vaccine, coupled with the ease of transmission that the Coronavirus offers and we are truly brought to our knees. It is at times like this that we can offer our suffering with Christ; uniting our suffering to Christ’s suffering on the Cross.

Suffering with Christ

The social distancing that we currently experience can make us feel isolated and Continue reading

Honor Holy Week While the Churches are Closed

Honor Holy WeekIn North Carolina, we are under a state of emergency, where no more than ten people can congregate at one time. Therefore, our Bishop cancelled all Masses throughout my Diocese, until further notice. Yet, this is the holiest week of the year, with Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Services, and of course, the Easter Vigil. So, how might one honor Holy Week while the Churches are closed?

Honor Holy Week

Although we cannot attend services here in North Carolina, and perhaps in your neck of the woods, as well, here are some suggestions on how you might honor Holy Week, safely from our own homes:

  1. Read Scripture, specifically the daily Mass readings. You can find them by clicking on Continue reading

Coronavirus – It’s No Joke!

CoronavirusToday is April Fool’s Day, but the Coronavirus is no joke! I’ve seen the footage of young people partying in Florida on Spring Break. I’ve also seen the footage of people congregating in large groups to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. Hello people!!! We have a crisis here that calls for individuals to think more of others and less of themselves – a call for humility. Those partying in Florida, went back home after Spring Break and now run the risk of giving this virus to their parents and/or grandparents. People congregating in large groups place themselves at higher risk of contracting this pandemic of a disease.

Coronavirus – Call to Action

Everyone needs to follow the latest Continue reading

The Stoning: Has No One Condemned You?

CondemnedIn today’s Gospel the Pharisees test Jesus. They bring to Him a woman accused of adultery. According to Mosaic law, such an offense results in the stoning of the woman. So, the Pharisees, looking to convict Jesus, put forth this quandary before Him. It is wrong to kill (a violation of the 5th Commandment), but it is also wrong to commit adultery (a violation of the 6th Commandment). Do two wrongs make it right? Rather than answering their implied question, Jesus starts writing in the sand. No biblical scholars ever  ascertained what Jesus wrote, but whatever it was, it caused everyone to depart, leaving Jesus alone with the woman. Jesus asks the woman, “Woman, where are Continue reading

Annunciation of Our Lord

Annunciation of Our Lord

 

Today, we celebrate the awesome event of when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear a Son, who would be called the Son of God. Today is the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord.

The Annunciation

Can you imagine what that moment must have been like for Mary? She was a young teen, barely a woman! Yet, she knew enough about the facts of life to know how procreation works. She wondered, how could this be, since she did not know man? She was engaged to Joseph, but they had not yet married. Therefore, Mary was a virgin. Yet, with God, all things are possible. We consider the Annunciation, the conception of Continue reading

Spiritual Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Spiritual Works of MercyLooking for something uplifting to do this Lent that increases your own spiritual awareness? Look no further than the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Counseling the Doubtful: Encourage someone who is struggling with their faith to speak with your parish priest, where they can receive the answers needed to grow in faith.
  • Instructing the Ignorant: Volunteer and participate in faith formation groups in your parish. Becoming a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sponsor is a great place to start. At this time of crisis, look for ways to communicate virtually (by phone, Skype, or Google Hangout, to name just a few ways).
  • Admonishing the Sinner: Without judging, help others find their way Continue reading