Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Handling Disappointments Appropriately

Handling Disappointments Disappointments come our way from time to time. It’s how we handle those disappointments that matter. For example, I recently learned that a big-time Catholic catalogue would not carry my book, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity: Finding Patience, simply because I self-published the book. It didn’t matter to them that the book was named a 2016 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist. In fact, they commented that they thought it was a really good book. They just don’t like dealing with my printing company. For that reason alone, they were declining to carry the book in their catalogue. My immediate reaction: Major disappointment!

Handling Disappointments Appropriately

With every disappointment there are lessons to learn; lessons that can shape your Continue reading

Saint Paul: From Sinner to Saint

St Paul

From Saul to Saint Paul

Saint Paul, whose Feast Day is celebrated today, serves as the perfect example of a person who turned away from sin and turned toward God. Before his astounding conversion, Saint Paul was known as Saul. As Saul, he participated in the stoning (and killing) of Saint Stephen, our first Martyr of the Christian faith. Saint Paul is well known as originally starting out as a persecutor of the early Christians, as he was a zealot for the Jewish faith.

In his efforts to remain true to the Jewish faith, Saul departed Jerusalem for Damascus, in search of men and women who had sworn allegiance to Jesus. Saul wanted to bring them back to Jerusalem in Continue reading

If You Lived in Afghanistan…

Sarah Abraham lived in a small village outside Kabul, Afghanistan with her two young boys, Jeremiah and Amos. She had lost her husband in a gunfire attack two months ago. Now, she was alone, and five months pregnant with a third son. However, the stress of living as a Christian in war-torn Afghanistan weighed heavy on her mind. As a result, while walking to the marketplace one sunny morning, she felt sharp pains and became weak.

Sarah lost her child that day due to a miscarriage. The ensuing grief would be nothing compared to the persecution that she would receive, once the men in the village learned that an Afghanistan male child would not be born. All blame would rest Continue reading

Surprise!

Faith Hop and Charity

As we close out our reflections on the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, and before we move on to the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice, I thought we might take a little breather and sit back and enjoy one of the greatest Christian hymns ever written, sung by one of my favorite artists, accompanied on guitar by one of the best guitarists of all time. I hope you enjoy it!

This song speaks of faith, hope and love. What a wonderful way to end a discussion on the theological virtues!

Next up is the virtue of Prudence. What is Prudence? We’ll discuss that in our next reflection on the virtue of Prudence. Don’t miss it!

Crossing the Threshold

Crossing the Threshold

With faith, we all hope to one day cross the threshold from this life into the next, where we will be with Our Lord and Savior. As we move from the reflections of faith to reflections on hope, I found this musical video from the Casting Crowns to be an appropriate segue. The title of the song is “Already There.” I hope you like it.

 

 

I’m interested in learning what you think of the song. Post your thoughts in the comments section and enter the conversation.

What is Hope? We’ll answer that question in our next reflection on the virtue of hope. You won’t want to miss it!

Faith – The Beginning of Everlasting Life

 

Holy Trinity

Our goal in this life is to live in accordance with God’s will and His commands, with the hope of spending everlasting life with God in Heaven. Through the eyes of faith, we believe that this can be accomplished only because of God’s mercy on our souls; for no one “earns” their way into Heaven.  We are all sinners and thus, our sinfulness stands between us and God. We must be purified and holy to enter Heaven. Who among us can make that claim today – no one! Through the mercy of God and the sanctification of our souls, we may enter Heaven, where we will see God’s face.

In this world, through faith, we have a foretaste Continue reading

Implications of Faith – Trusting God

Trusting God Faith is a wondrous gift from God, as well as our assent to believe and trust in Him. Yet, trusting God does not always come so easily for any of us. However, if we are willing to place all of our trust and faith in God, we can expect the following:

Knowing God’s Greatness and Majesty 1 

Just think about the intricacies of how the human body works; all of its parts interacting with each other; the ability to procreate. Think about the different seasons and resulting regeneration of plant life that gives us air to breathe and food to eat. Then, think of the universe and its size; all of the stars and planets revolving around the sun. Continue reading

Persevere in Faith; Running the Race

Persevere in FaithTo persevere in faith, we must nourish our faith – we must exercise the spiritual muscle of faith, so-to-speak, or it will die within us; just like our physical muscles would atrophy if we remain sedentary. As with physical exercise, we all vary with our spiritual exercise. This is because everyone is at a different point on their faith journey. As a society, we run the gamut from atheistic to saintly. Yet, most of us fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of faith.

So where does that leave those of us who want to grow in faith? We can nourish our faith through the reading of Scripture. We can ponder God’s plan for each of us, along Continue reading