Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Jesus Asks: Do You See Anything?

Do you see anythingIn today’s Gospel reading, we learn of Jesus’ healing of a blind man. As Jesus cures the man, He asks him, “Do you see anything?” (Mark 8:23). The man’s sight begins to clear, but not completely. Jesus lays His hands on the man to complete the process. How often in our lives have we seen gradual healing, like this blind man?

Do You See Anything?

Last fall, while I recuperated from my ankle fusion, at first, all I saw was lots of recuperation time ahead (four months). But, as time progressed, I began to see the healing aspects take place. God sent people to me who shared their love with me (friends, neighbors, and family). That outpouring of Continue reading

Why Does This Generation Seek A Sign?

Seek a SignIn today’s Gospel reading, the Pharisees test Jesus, by asking for signs from Heaven. With exasperation, Jesus retorts, “Why does this generation seek a sign?” (Mark 8:12). The Pharisees found Jesus’ previous miraculous acts insufficient proof of His divinity. In fact, they find Jesus to be suspiciously fraudulent.  Therefore, they seek human signs from someone who is both human and divine. They cannot understand the God-Man in their midst. The Pharisees can only see with their humanity and cannot fathom God in the flesh.

Do You Seek a Sign?

How often do you doubt the omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of God in your life? Do you seek a sign of God’s power when all seems lost? Or Continue reading

Are You Without Understanding?

UnderstandingIn today’s Gospel from Mark we hear Jesus teach about the sinfulness of man coming from what is in the heart, not from what he eats. In accordance with Jewish law, certain foods had always been considered off limits and deemed “unclean.” Therefore, if a Jewish person ate an unclean food, then that person committed a sin. Yet, in this teaching, Jesus declares all foods clean. This is because it is not the food that we eat that separates us from God. Through Jesus’ teaching they gained an understanding of the causation of sin. For, it is our sin of words (our malicious speech, hatred, etc.) that make us move away from God.

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Modesty Breeds Respect

Modesty Breeds RespectWhen you see someone approach you, wearing a low-cut blouse, showing her “wears,” do you rush to judgment? Do you think less of the woman? Odds are your answer is yes. Now, if a woman approaches you wearing a scooped-necked sundress, cut at the knee, do you even give her clothing a second thought? Or, might you be looking more at the whole person, the persona, instead? This example proves that modesty breeds respect because in the case of the woman in the sundress, no negative opinion rises to your consciousness. Rather, you look beyond the outfit and see the woman for who she wishes to be seen, as someone who deserves respect.

Modesty Breeds Respect

Embracing the virtue of Continue reading

Obedience Has Its Place

Obedience Has Its PlaceAs a child, were you ever told to do something, and when you asked “Why?” you received this response: “because I said so!” If you were like me that response didn’t settle with you well. I’m the kind of person that needs rationale for compliance with obedience. Perhaps it’s a trust issue, or maybe a control issue. I’m not sure – maybe its both! But I do know this: Obedience has its place. There are times and/or reasons when obedience is called for and we must obey. For example:

  1. What happens when a person doesn’t follow traffic laws and runs a red light? Lives are put at risk. Therefore, we must obey traffic laws.
  2. If we do not follow the Continue reading

Biases Contradict Disinterestedness

Biases Contradict DisinterestednessWhen we stay entrenched in a specific point of view, many times it is because our biases contradict disinterestedness.  The virtue of disinterestedness calls for us to assess situations and/or perform actions without biased motives. Jurors, for example, are called to places their biases at the door and act with objectivity; to be open to listening to all the facts, forming an impartial decision on guilt or innocence.

Biases Contradict Disinterestedness in the United States

As citizens of the United States, we entrench ourselves in our camps of liberal and conservative, with a virtual 50/50 split. The biases embraced by both sides inhibit us all from seeing God’s objective truth. As citizens, we fail to listen to the facts; Continue reading

Growth in Piety Today Prepares Us for Eternal Life Tomorrow

Growth in PietyIf we have no desire for growth in piety in this life, then why should God think that we would want to spend eternal life with Him? You see, the soul must be perfected and made holy before it can stand before God. So, even though we dismiss piety in this life, we must embrace it wholeheartedly in the next life, if we are to obtain eternal bliss. The holiness we ignore today will result in more time in Purgatory, as our souls will need more work to reach perfection. I don’t know about you, but I would welcome a minimal sentence in Purgatory. Therefore, I am working on my growth in piety, in the here and now.

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Engage in Friendliness

Engage in Friendliness

Does it cost you anything to be nice? No. When you give a stranger a smile, it can be the opening to a new friendship. If you lend a helping hand, you learn what it means to meet the needs of others. People who always have a smile on their face, or who are the first to lend a hand, are the kind of people everyone wants to know. Why? Because they engage in friendliness!

Engage in Friendliness

If we each have one or two close friends in life, we are fortunate. These friends are the type of people who would do anything for us, and we would do the same in return. They are the very people who we Continue reading