Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Got the Summertime Blues?

Summertime BluesIt’s July and the year is half over. So, why does it feel like this year is taking forever to slog through? Could we be suffering from the summertime blues? I, for one, dislike the heat. However, I think it is more than that. Our country has had to deal with an impeachment of a President (forgot about that already?), a deadly virus, civil unrest, massive unemployment, and an unsteady stock market. With all this upheaval, what can we count on? Uncertainty!

Summertime Blues

As we move to the second half of the year, I think the summertime blues will continue. Governmental corruption continues. The deadly virus resolutely waits to pounce. Systemic racism requires time and hard work to address 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

When Life Seems Unjust, Seek Justice

Seek JusticeI don’t know about you, but I think there is a lot of injustices occurring these days. Of the many concerns impacting our society, we must seek justice regarding:

  • Abortion
  • Government corruption
  • Racial profiling
  • Unchecked prejudices against the vulnerable
  • Destruction of environmental protections
  • Disregard for the rule of law

I’m sure that you could add many line items to this list. The onslaught of these affronts against justice can seem overwhelming for anyone. Therefore, what can we do about it? How can any one of us seek justice in an unjust society?

How I Seek Justice

It’s just little old me. I’m just one person. Yet, I can have some impact, and you can as well. Perhaps you might want Continue reading

Embracing Justice in the New Year

embracing justiceJustice, in the eyes of God, is viewed a bit differently than we, humans, view Justice. Giving God His due through worship, praise and thanksgiving is justice in God’s eyes. Respecting one’s neighbor’s goods and family is justice in God’s eyes. Embracing Justice, as God would like us to do, is not as easy as it sounds.

The number of people who take the time on Sundays to worship God; to give Him praise and thanksgiving, is dwindling as each decade passes. We, as humans, are not giving God His due. In addition, we, as humans, fail to give the rightful respect due to our fellow men. Look at all the bickering you see on the news; the divisiveness rising Continue reading

Molly McBride and the Party Invitation – Book Review

Molly McBride and the Party Invitation Molly McBride is back! I was so excited to see Molly McBride and the Party Invitation, by Jean Schoonover-Egolf hit the shelves. This is Egolf’s third installment, in the Molly McBride series. I’m a big fan of Molly McBride, as I love her spunky attitude. I’ve enjoyed reading all three books, courtesy of Egolf. You can read my review of the first two books here.

Molly McBride and the Party Invitation

Now, let’s talk about Molly McBride and the Party Invitation. In this installment, Molly’s birthday is about to occur, and of course, we must have a party! Yet, Momma says that ALL of Molly’s classmates MUST be invited to the party. That includes that mean boy, named Continue reading

The U.S. Flag: What Virtues Does It Represent?

U.S. Flag Today is Flag Day! Happy Flag Day to all my fellow United States citizens. Today in America, we celebrate what the U.S. flag means to us all. With that in mind, I thought I would hone in on some virtues, for which I think the U.S. flag proudly represents.

Virtues of the U.S. Flag

Courage: The U.S. flag is a symbol of courage. Many men and women have given their lives in defense of our freedom and democracy. It represents all the blood, sweat and tears shed, so that we might enjoy our freedom accorded by our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Acceptance: The U. S. flag represents an accepting people. When we are at our best, we Continue reading

Seeking Justice: My Time on Jury Duty

Seeking Justice In the United States, a person is presumed innocent, until the State can prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the person, charged with a crime, is guilty. I got to see the wheels of justice turn, first-hand, during the last week in April, while serving on  jury duty. A husband/father was accused of assaulting his wife and daughter; hence two counts of assault.

The trial was fascinating, especially the jury selection part of the trial. I thought, for sure, I would be dismissed for two reasons:

  1. I have many years of training, as an auditor, where my job was to ascertain whether someone was telling the truth. Whichever side was planning to present sketchy information, I would surely figure Continue reading