Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

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

Chastity Pertains to Everyone

Chastity Pertains to EveryoneMany people confuse Chastity with celibacy, when they are two different things. Celibacy is the total abstention from sexual activity, whereas Chastity is living true to your vocation. By vocation, I do not mean “career.” In this sense, “vocation” means living in accordance with one’s calling from God. We have three vocational possibilities: Single, Married, or Religious (Ordained priests and deacons, as well as religious brothers and sisters). So, Religious and single people remain chaste by abstaining from sexual activity. However, married people remain chaste by engaging in sexual activity only with one’s spouse. Therefore, Chastity pertains to everyone.

Why Chastity is Important

So, now that we understand that Chastity pertains to everyone, let’s consider why it is so important, Continue reading

The Priority of Prudence

Priority of PrudenceGod gives every human being an innate ability to understand right from wrong. We call that innate ability “our consciences.”  In assessing our consciences, the priority of Prudence is paramount. Why? Because Prudence impacts every decision that we make. For example, no one needs to tell you that it is wrong to kill. Innately, you just know. How? Your conscience tells you so. If you were to contemplate killing someone, you would feel a sense of uneasiness, warning bells go off in your head, and you just know in the depths of your soul that killing another human being is wrong. The question is, do we listen to the prudent guidance of our consciences?

The Priority of Prudence

The Continue reading

Storyteller’s Guide – Vol II – Book Review

Storyteller's GuideIn A Storyteller’s Guide to a Graced-Filled Life – Vol. II, by Tony Agnesi, we get to read 43 additional stories that couldn’t fit into Vol I. As with Vol I, Agnesi’s stories in Vol II make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting more!

There is a special spot in my heart for the story, Keith, about a young homeless man, who Agnesi befriended. One day, Tony asked Keith about his goals. Keith told Tony that he had three goals, 1) to find a job, 2) to find housing, and 3) to become Catholic. Well, it was that last goal that tugged at my heart. It would for any Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Coordinator, Continue reading

Do You Have Zeal for Christ?

Zeal for ChristDo you have zeal for Christ? Let’s find out!

  1. Do you express a sense of enthusiasm, coupled with intense interest and passion for God and your faith?
  2. Do you place God and your faith above all else?
  3. Is it within your nature to do big things in the name of Christ?
  4. When you see a need, do you do all that you can to fill that need for others?

Do You Have Zeal for Christ?

If you can answer “yes” to the questions above, then you are zealous for Christ. If not, then there is some work to do, if you want to master the virtue of Zeal.

Embrace Meekness – It Has Its Moments

Embrace meeknessA lot of people see meekness as some sort of weakness. However, meekness has its moments. Sometimes, it is better to be kind that to be right. Therefore, sometimes its better to bite one’s tongue, rather than coming across as assertive, aggressive and arrogant. Such traits are unbecoming, yet many consider them as points of strength. I say otherwise. Coming across as assertive, aggressive and arrogant takes very little self-control.  On the other hand, expressing meekness takes great amounts of self-control and inner strength. Therefore, it is wise to embrace meekness.

Exploring Meekness

Meekness can be defined as exhibiting docility in communicating with others, bearing the pain of unjust suffering for the glory of God. For example, a coworker Continue reading

Feast Day of Saint Jerome

Saint JeromeToday is the feast day for Saint Jerome, a Doctor of the Church. We hold him in high esteem for translating the books of the Bible into the common language of the day. He painstakingly translated the books from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. The full translation of all the books of the Bible took 13 years to complete! Yet, this was a task for which Jerome was aptly suited, because he was a biblical scholar, fluent in Greek, Hebrew and Latin. His biblical prowess served him well in aiding the translations of what we now call the Latin Vulgate. By translating the bible passages into Latin, the Bible became more readily available to the general population. Therefore, it Continue reading

If You Want to Receive Mercy, Give Mercy!

Give MercyWe live in a “what’s in it for me?” society. We are very quick to receive goodness and gifts from God. At the same time, we are slow to give the same to others. What makes us think that we corner the market on any specific gift from God, like mercy? We welcome God’s mercy on our own souls, but we fail to give mercy to others. Mercy and forgiveness go hand in hand. We must express mercy to forgive others, as we receive God’s mercy to forgive our own sins. Jesus taught us how to give mercy and forgive sins when He taught us the Our Father:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom Continue reading