Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Intolerance is the Devil’s Handiwork

IntoleranceWe experience much division and disagreement in society today. The resulting intolerance is the work of the devil. He relishes in sowing division, because through this division, we collapse as a society. And Satan’s goal is to destroy us all. We see the intolerance in the political, religious, and racial arguments on the internet, television, and in the public square. Everyone chooses a camp and settles in, disregarding anything stated by anyone from the other camp.

Here is my problem: I am a pro-life Democrat who believes in racial equality, as well as marriage between a man and a woman. So, I do not fit into any single political camp! I could say, I am divided within myself! Why? Because Continue reading

Ignorance is Not an Excuse!

IgnoranceHave you heard the idiom “Ignorance is not an excuse?” Well, there is some truth to that when it comes to understanding the depths of one’s sins. In the Catholic faith, we even have a specific name for it: Vincible Ignorance. We define Vincible Ignorance as the “lack of knowledge regarding some aspect of the moral law because of a failure of due diligence on our part.” 1 Vincible Ignorance applies when we fail to seek the necessary knowledge and understanding to grasp the consequences of our actions and the negative impact said actions will have on ourselves and others. We are still culpable, but to a lesser extent for lack of knowledge.

Let’s take an example and apply it Continue reading

Want to be “In the Know?” Seek Knowledge

Seek KnowledgeWould you like to know God better; to enter into a deeper relationship with Him? Then seek Knowledge, a virtue given to you at your Confirmation by the Holy Spirit.

How Does One Seek Knowledge of God?

The best place to seek knowledge of God is in Sacred Scripture. God reveals Himself to us in the pages of the Bible. In the 47 books of the Bible, God tells us what He likes and what offends Him. In these pages, we learn what is good and what is evil – we learn the moral code of ethics. God tells us what pleases Him most – love for God and neighbor (Matt 22:37-39). He instructs us on how to behave toward Continue reading

Novena to the Holy Spirit – Seeking Virtue

Novena to the Holy SpiritThe annual Novena to the Holy Spirit begins this coming Friday, May 26th and continues through to the day before Pentecost, June 3rd. In this Novena, we ask the Holy Spirit to grace us with seven gifts. Each one of theses gifts happen to be virtues as well:

  1. Awe (also known as Reverence) – We ask for a sovereign respect for God, as well as a filial submission to the Father.
  2. Piety – We ask for love and respect for those consecrated to God; including priests and religious, the Blessed Mother, the Saints, the Church, our parents, and our country and its rulers.
  3. Fortitude – We ask for the strengthening of our souls against natural fear. Continue reading

Obtain Knowledge of God

Jesus Teaching

Where do we start when seeking to obtain knowledge of God? Where can we go to seek Truth about God? There are many different ways to obtain knowledge of God that will result in a wonderful two-way relationship with our Lord. Once we have embraced the desire for the knowledge of God, it’s time to get to work! As I said in my last post, we can obtain knowledge of God by reading the bible, attending services, reading Church documents, and speaking with our family, friends and neighbors. These are some of the more important ways to obtain knowledge of God that we will focus on today. To further your quest to obtain knowledge of God, may I suggest that Continue reading

Embrace Knowledge of God

Jeremiah

We embrace knowledge, because we are innately drawn to the good – that being God, for God and all that He created is good. Throughout our entire earthly journey we seek to know truth, and God is Truth. If we want what is good and true, then we want God. We want to know Him. There are many different ways to obtain knowledge and we’ll cover that in our next post. For today though, it is the desire to know God better that brings us closer to Truth; something we all seek. For it is in Truth that we find answers to our questions, and we are a curious people. So why should you embrace knowledge where you  Continue reading

Knowledge – Both Gift and Virtue

Knowledge of God

Knowledge is both a gift from the Holy Spirit and a virtue. Knowledge ensures a sound and right judgment on what is to be believed. Therefore, to gain knowledge about God and His creation, we must first have faith; a belief in God that He exists and that He is the master of creation of all that is good. That is why this gift and acquired virtue falls under the auspices of the theological virtue of Faith.

As a gift, knowledge “places us in profound harmony with the Creator and allows us to participate in the clarity of his vision and judgment. And it is from this perspective that we are able to perceive … the fulfillment of a Continue reading