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

Moral Choices Require Prayer and Discernment

Moral ChoicesWhen faced with difficult moral choices, where there seems to be only sinful options, prayer and discernment will see you through. Take for example, a relative dying from cancer. Everything that could be done to save this relative’s life has been done. Death is immanent. A decision needs to be made as to whether to give a heavy dose of morphine to the relative. If you allow the doctor to give the morphine to your dying relative, death will surely hasten. If you do not allow the doctor to give the morphine to your relative, death will eventually come, but the patient will die in excruciating pain. What do you do?

Making Difficult Moral Choices

We can apply the Principle Continue reading

Honor Holy Week While the Churches are Closed

Honor Holy WeekIn North Carolina, we are under a state of emergency, where no more than ten people can congregate at one time. Therefore, our Bishop cancelled all Masses throughout my Diocese, until further notice. Yet, this is the holiest week of the year, with Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Services, and of course, the Easter Vigil. So, how might one honor Holy Week while the Churches are closed?

Honor Holy Week

Although we cannot attend services here in North Carolina, and perhaps in your neck of the woods, as well, here are some suggestions on how you might honor Holy Week, safely from our own homes:

  1. Read Scripture, specifically the daily Mass readings. You can find them by clicking on Continue reading

Lent and My Spiritual Closet

Spiritual ClosetHave you decided yet how you will make the most of this Lenten season that begins today – Ash Wednesday? I find this time of year to be quite cathartic, in that I use it to make things right with God. In essence, I clean out my “spiritual closet.” I look for those things in my life that I want to keep, such as prayer time, good deeds, etc. and find a dedicated place for them in my spiritual closet. Then, I find those areas of my life that need to be tossed – you know – those sins that need to be thrown out. I take them to the Confessional and leave them with God. He knows what to Continue reading

Wisdom from the Western Isles – Book Review

Wisdom from the Western IslesIf you want to grow in spirituality, and learn the mystic way, then you will want to get a copy of David Torkington’s Wisdom from the Western Isles.

In this thought provoking book, we meet the main character, Peter Calvay, a mystic in his own right. He acts as a spiritual guide for a young man named James. Torkington does a masterful job at interweaving the stories of the two men’s lives, who are completely different. James is Protestant, searching for meaning in his life. Peter is a middle-aged Catholic, who experienced much spiritual growth and is considered a mystic.

Through Peter’s kindness and willingness to share his experiences and knowledge with James, we all get the benefit of Continue reading

Addressing the Post-Christmas Blues

Post-Christmas BluesAfter all the baking, shopping, wrapping, partying and entertaining guests, do you experience post-Christmas blues? It can be quite a shock to the system, to suddenly slow down so much, that you don’t know what to do with your time. Rather than get depressed about it, use this time to reconnect with God. He is there waiting to hear from you; waiting to recharge your batteries.

Reconnect with God Through Prayer

Seek the solace of His guidance, friendship and love. I find the recitation of the daily Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet to be a great way to start the conversation with God, who knows me better than I know myself. He knows what’s in my heart, what is Continue reading

Wisdom from the Christian Mystics – Book Review

Wisdom from the Christian MysticsIn reading Wisdom from the Christian Mystics, by David Torkington, I learned a great deal about how I might go about having a more intimate relationship with Jesus. Torkington begins this book by informing the reader of the Church history of mysticism and how its reception by the faithful has changed over time, due to the course of human events.  As a result, today, we do not know Jesus as we well as we could, because we do not communicate with Him in the same manner as the early Christians.

Find God in Prayer

To know God, we must come to experience Him in prayer; a prayer that begins with vocal prayer, moves to meditation and culminates in Continue reading

Lent is a Week Away! Are You Ready to Make It Fruitful?

Fruitful Lent Can you believe it? Lent is only one week away! We’ve barely left the Christmas season, and we are about to walk the journey, with Christ, to Calvary. Are you prepared to enter the Lenten season? Are you ready to make the most of it?

Things You Can Do to Make Your Lent Fruitful

  1. Prayer: Make a point to set aside a few minutes each day to pray. If you have enough time to say a full Rosary, great! But, sometimes, the day gets away from us. So, a vow to say a single Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be is a commitment I think we all could easily make. Prayer is talking with God. He wants Continue reading