Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

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

Tired of the Lies? Seek Truthfulness!

Seek TruthfulnessAnyone who knows me well, knows never to lie to me. When someone lies, and the truth comes out, trust is broken; sometimes irreparably so. For me, I cannot trust someone who I know is a liar. Habitual liars are the worst. I think they get to a point where they cannot discern Truth if they tried. Yet, these folks exist, and we must deal with them. It’s because of the habitual lies, that we must question everything that comes out of their mouths to discern objective truth. We must seek truthfulness.

Since President Trump took office, he has told more than 12,000 documented lies! That’s more than 12 documented lies, per day, on average! Now, that’s a habitual liar. Continue reading

Belt of Truth – Book Review and Scavenger Hunt

Belt of Truth

The Armor of God: Belt of Truth, by Theresa Linden, is the first in a new series of chapter books for young adults that teaches children the virtues! In this first installment, we meet George, a young lad of eight years, who longs to one day become a knight. However, there is much to learn, and just getting into knight school is a hurdle! Only the brightest get selected for such an honor.

After two years of trying to get accepted into knight school, it finally happens! Now, George believes that all his dreams will come true. That is, until he almost burns down his home and lies to his parents as to how the fire started! This first Continue reading

Jesus Asks: What is Your Name? (Mark 5:9)

What is your name

In today’s Gospel from Mark, (Mark 5:1-20), I pondered why Jesus asked the demon, “What is your name?” (Mark 5:9). Why would Jesus ask such a question, when Jesus, as God, knows everything? And the demons know Jesus’ true identity! Well, what Jesus is really doing here, by asking the demon for his name, is turning the tables on the demon, “thus gaining power over the demon possessing the man.”1  The demon must respond to Jesus’ inquiry, because He must respond to God. By doing so, the demon reveals his name. Jesus doesn’t need to do the same in return, because He is God. Thus, Jesus exerts His power over the demon.

This encounter from today’s Gospel reminds Continue reading

Business Ethics Have a Moral Basis

Business EthicsWe live in a secular world. Yet, how we conduct ourselves, in business, has at its foundation God’s moral laws – what we call today, business ethics.  Business ethics calls for us to be honest, respectful, wise, prudent, just, tactful and courteous in transacting business with others. These ethics require us to be virtuous, if we want to be successful!

Business Ethics at Work

Honest – The Eighth Commandment states, “You shall not bear dishonest witness against your neighbor” (Deut. 5:20). God calls us to live by the truth. Live an upright life, both in action and speech; tactfully, and with kindness.

Respectful – “Do to others what you would have them do to youContinue reading

Assault on the Objective Truth

Objective TruthLately, I feel like there has been a major assault on the objective truth. We hear phrases like “alternative facts,” or “truth isn’t truth!” Politicians and the media put so much spin on the truth, that we feel like we are spiraling out of orbit! No longer do we know who, or what, to believe.

Whatever happened to everyone having a clear understanding of objective truth based upon facts?

The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth. His Word is truth. His Law is truth…Since God is ‘true,’ the members of his people are called to live in the truth. 1

Subjective Truth vs. Objective Truth

Apparently, we are living in some sort of truth. Continue reading

Authentic Freedom at Risk

authentic freedomToday, in the United States, we celebrate our independence from Britain. The whole basis for the Revolutionary War was for a desire to be a free and independent nation in the New World. As Americans, we wanted to chart our own course. We wanted the freedom to make our own decisions; our own mistakes. Yet, what we really wanted was authentic freedom, which is different from a freedom that allows us to do whatever we want.

Gaudium et spes defines authentic freedom as follows:

Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it eagerly; and rightly to be sure. Often, however, they foster it perversely as a license for doing Continue reading

Live the Truth; Come to the Light of Christ

live the truth Are you doing things that you prefer would never see the light of day? Things that might bring you shame? Or, do you live the truth, and walk in the light of Christ; where your deeds are worthy of God’s praise?

“Whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God” (John 3:21).

If you live with shame, then I invite you to live the truth. Come bask in the light of Christ. I invite you to change your ways.

Choose to Live the Truth

When you do the right thing, with good intentions, then your deeds are good and clearly done in service to the Lord. God has Continue reading