Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Under the Fig Tree, Jesus Asks a Question

Fig treeIn today’s Gospel (John 1:45-51), Jesus is in the process of recruiting his twelve Apostles. Jesus called Philip to follow, who in turn went to Nathanael to tell him about Jesus. Nathanael, the skeptic, doubted anything good could come from Nazareth. Yet, Philip persuaded Nathanael to come and meet Jesus. When the two met, Jesus commented about something that no one else would know. “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” (John 1:48)

Nathanael’s response to this comment is revelatory: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.” (John 1:49) I have always wondered how Nathanael came to such a conclusion, such a leap of faith. It can only be 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

Wishing You and Yours Christmas Blessings

Christmas BlessingsMerry Christmas, one and all! I write to you today, wishing you Christmas blessings, because I intend to take Wednesday off and celebrate the day with my husband. I have much to be thankful for this year, having received many blessings throughout the year. However, I find the Christmas blessings that Christ bestows on us at this time of year to be very special.

Christmas Blessings

Peace – Christ’s peace is ever present, but especially prescient at this time of year. We celebrate the Incarnation of Christ on this day. The revelation of God made man for our sakes, to free us from sin and death, is mind-boggling. Yet, Christ came to bring us Peace.

Joy – Knowing God’s immense Continue reading

Is Life Too Chaotic for You? Seek Peace!

Seek PeaceSummertime is usually the time when we kick back and take a vacation. We use this time to recharge our batteries.  Not so, for me, this year! I’ve been working on the remodeling of our master bathroom, due to a leak in our shower pan, since April! We’re getting there, but we’re not done yet. On top of that, I’m heading to Maine, mid-month, for a faculty meeting. Then at the end of the month, I’m off to Lancaster, PA to speak at a writer’s conference. In between, I’m creating a new seven-week presentation on the Uniqueness of Catholicism. Yes, life is too chaotic for me! It’s time for me to seek Peace.

Seek Peace

I take a Continue reading

Wishing You Christ’s Peace

Christ's PeaceAs we approach the Christmas season, one of the things that we try to do, every Advent, is to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is when we go to confession and receive absolution for our sins, that we receive the gift of Christ’s peace. You know that feeling. As you walk out of the confessional, you feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. You feel united to Christ. That is the feeling of peace! And that is what I wish for you this holiday season.

Receiving Christ’s Peace

The year is coming to an end, with the promise of new and good things in the new year. There is no better time to shed ourselves of the chains Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr, A Man of Peace

Martin Luther King Jr. Today, in the United States, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. He was a loving father, and husband. Yet, most of us know of him as an influential preacher within the evangelical movement; a solider for Christ. King was a fighter for the underdog, as a Civil Rights leader of the 1960’s. He took Christ’s message to the streets, leading non-violent marches, seeking equality for all. This man truly understood what it meant to work for the common good of all. Today it seems that our leaders would rather work for the benefit of the elite, or few.

Who espouses the qualities of Martin Luther King Jr.  today?

I’m glad that we are remembering this Continue reading

Saint Pope John XXIII “Open the Windows”

Saint Pope John XXIII Today is the Feast Day of Saint Pope John XXIII, who opened the Second Vatican Council, in 1962, by proclaiming, “open the windows and let in the fresh air.” His rationale for convening the Second Vatican Council was to usher in reform; refreshing the liturgy, and engaging the laity. Because of Saint Pope John XXIII’s vision, numerous church documents were promulgated. Yet, he did not live to see the finished products. His purpose was to plant the seed for change within the Church, and that he did well.

Saint Pope John XXIII’s Teaching

Saint Pope John the XXIII’s most popular encyclical was Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). In this encyclical Saint Pope John XXIII lays out man’s Continue reading

Common Ground Can Lead to Peace

Common Ground Common ground can lead to Peace throughout our country and throughout the world; yet, most importantly through faith. How so? Well, common ground is the starting place for dialogue; for finding that shared perspective upon which good relationships can be built. Here’s some places where we can start:

  1. Abraham is the father of our faiths. Whether one is Christian, Muslim or Jewish, we all share this common ground, as all three religions stem from this one man who placed his faith in God.
  2. The Christian Bible, Islamic Quran and Jewish Torah all contain the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. With that said, this means that members from all three faiths are aware of the Ten Commandments (Ex Continue reading