Creation and Society

The creation stories in Genesis are so incredibly rich in their insight and wisdom.  There is a reason that our Lord consistently referred his critics back “to the beginning” when He would make a point about the world or human…

Using the Internet for Evangelization

I have only been blogging for a little over a year, so please take any advice given here with that in mind.  There are some great pioneers in using the internet to spread the Gospel.  I am only riding on…

Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

“Where do animals go when they die?” It is easy to dismiss this question as a young child’s curiosity, but not the business of serious religious thought.  But I don’t think that we should be dismissive of the question. Many…

Saint Peter, One of Us

I sometimes imagine a dialogue between God and Humanity where we complain to Him. HUMANITY: God, you are too far above us!  How can we ever hope to be perfect as You are perfect? GOD:  I understand.  So I shall…

To Follow (or Not to Follow) Your Heart

Our hearts burn within us, especially when we are young.  God did not make us emotionless robots, but creatures of intense feeling and passion.  There is a reason that most of the songs on the radio are songs about love…

Why Doesn’t the Holy Spirit Have a Face?

I don’t know if you were like me growing up, but I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the nature of the Holy Spirit.  I knew He was important because He’s mentioned with the Father and the Son. …

Pope Francis: What’s in a Name?

On April 16, 1210, Pope Innocent III had an audience with a beggar.  This beggar travelled long and far by foot to see the Holy Father.  But the pope was troubled by a strange dream from the night before.  In…

Getting Others to Listen to the Gospel

The Gospel is the Good News.  So why does it seem so often like people do not want to hear it? Have you ever tried to teach a class or give a witness or just speak one on one with…

Five Legacies of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI has officially stepped down from the Chair of Peter.  He is the first pope to do so in many centuries.  His time as pope was very brief compared to his predecessor, John Paul II.  But even in…

Sinners in the Church

People often point out how sinful the Church is.  Whether it was the sexual abuse scandal in all of the headlines or the hypocrites trying to kill each other getting out of the parking lot after mass, our Church seems…