Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Freedom Comes with Responsibility

Freedom Comes with ResponsibilityMany people think that freedom is defined as “doing what I want.” Well, not exactly. Freedom is defined as “the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or do that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility.” 1 So, when a person does what he/she wants, without regard for anyone else, that is not freedom. That is selfishness. Freedom comes with responsibility to act in accordance with the common good.

Freedom Comes with Responsibility

Let’s take this whole “wearing a mask” debate, as an example. Some people choose to wear a mask; others choose not to wear a mask. Those opting not to wear a mask say that it Continue reading

Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (formerly considered a day to honor all twelve apostles). We honor Saint Peter, the first Pope, and Apostle to Jesus, as well as Saint Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. (This post originally posted on June 29, 2016, but given that today is their solemnity, I thought it #worthrevisiting). 

Saint Peter

It was to Saint Peter that Jesus declared that whatever Peter and the Apostles determined to be bound on earth would be bound in Heaven, and whatever is loosed on earth would be loose in Heaven (Matt 16:19); and with that Jesus bestowed upon Peter, as the first Pope, the keys to Heaven. Peter came from humble beginnings Continue reading

Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Nativity of Saint John the BaptistToday we celebrate the birth of Saint John the Baptist, the man who prepared the way for Our Lord. His preaching to the Israelites was prophesied in Isaiah:

A voice crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’ (Is 40:3).

Saint John the Baptist preached of the coming of the Messiah. John would baptize people at the River Jordon, with water. This baptism was a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Yet, John always proclaimed a caveat that someone greater than himself would come after him. He prepared the Israelites for Jesus’ arrival and ministry. Jesus’ form of Baptism would not only take away our Original Sin, but all additional sins Continue reading

Come Back to Me – Book Review

Come Back to MeCome Back to Me, by Carolyn Astfalk, is the second in a series of romance novels, centered around the Reynolds brothers. Where Chris and Rebecca Reynolds were the lead characters in the first book, Stay with Me, Come Back to Me focuses on Alan Reynolds’ marriage to his wife Jamie.

Come Back to Me

Thanksgiving’s on the horizon, yet that does not stop Jamie from kicking her husband, Alan, out of the house! Alan has no clue what he did to deserve such treatment. On top of that, he has no job, and nowhere else to go, but to his brother Chris’ house. Newlyweds, and soon to be parents, Chris and Rebecca Reynolds welcome Alan into their home, Continue reading

Moral Choices Require Prayer and Discernment

Moral ChoicesWhen faced with difficult moral choices, where there seems to be only sinful options, prayer and discernment will see you through. Take for example, a relative dying from cancer. Everything that could be done to save this relative’s life has been done. Death is immanent. A decision needs to be made as to whether to give a heavy dose of morphine to the relative. If you allow the doctor to give the morphine to your dying relative, death will surely hasten. If you do not allow the doctor to give the morphine to your relative, death will eventually come, but the patient will die in excruciating pain. What do you do?

Making Difficult Moral Choices

We can apply the Principle Continue reading

Despair or Hope – It is Your Choice! Choose Hope!

Despair or HopeWith all that we see on the news these days, it is easy to slip into despair, a feeling of hopelessness. Yet, we cannot lose hope! No matter how bad things seem, the light is ahead of us; the darkness will ebb. As Winston Churchill so aptly exclaimed: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” There are better days ahead. So, keep looking forward and move toward God. Despair or hope – It is your choice! I choose hope.

Despair or Hope

God wants nothing but good things for us. He tells us as much in Scripture:

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe!   Continue reading

Where is God in All This Chaos?

Where is GodIn these times of the Coronavirus, civil unrest, and injustice for the marginalized, we might ask, “Where is God?” How can so many people become sick and die without healing, in such a short amount of time? Why do looters and rioters wreak havoc in the dark of night, taking advantage of righteous causes? Why after 400 years, do we, as a nation, condone any form of systemic racism? When faced with the unfathomable, it is normal human nature to ask, “Where is God?” Why? Because we feel abandoned. And yet, it is not us who are abandoned, it is us who abandon God.

Where is God?

God is at the bedside of every person suffering from the Coronavirus. For Continue reading

The Beatitudes Serve Us Well

Beatitudes serve us wellWhere the Ten Commandments tell us, for the most part, what not to do, the Beatitudes tell us how to live in a Christ-like manner. They highlight all the good virtues that we should possess. The Beatitudes serve us well.

Virtues Associated with the Beatitudes

Humility: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3).

Caring/Compassion: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matt 5:4).

Meekness: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land” (Matt 5:5).

Justice: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6).

Mercy: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” Continue reading