Here's an article I had published on the online Seton Magazine in October as Going Against the Current and Other Lessons from the Salmon. If I asked you to pick an animal with a “characteristic” that you would like to imitate, which animal would you choose? An owl for its wisdom? A bear for its … Continue reading What We Can Learn From Salmon
On the third day after Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, the tomb in which he was buried was found to be empty. This is an accepted historical fact. Why was it empty? His followers claimed that He had risen from the dead. Some disagree. Whatever the case, the tomb was empty; so either He rose from … Continue reading The Empty Tomb
In the 16th chapter of Matthew's Gospel Jesus asks His disciples who men say that He was. Some they reply, say that He is the Prophet Elijah; some, John the Baptist, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. Jesus then asked His disciples who they said He was. A Great Moral Teacher? Today it would not be … Continue reading Who do you say I Am?
“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land…” EZEKIEL 22:30 In September 2015 Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona released an Apostolic Exhortation directed to the Catholic Men of his diocese entitled 'Into the Breach'. The purpose of the exhortation was as "an encouragement, a challenge, and a calling … Continue reading Into the Breach
I was recently privileged to meet Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan and hear him talk on "The original Divine meaning of Marriage". Bishop Schneider is a strong defender of the faith like the great Saint Athanasius whose name he shares. In his talk, Bishop Schneider explained that "because of the hardheartedness of Fallen Man, divorce had been allowed … Continue reading The Original Divine Meaning of Marriage
In the average Catholic parish the common practice of receiving Holy Communion is on the hand, while standing, yet there are some, smaller in number who receive on the tongue, and may even get down on their knees to do so. Why is this? I used to get the impression that such people were simply … Continue reading It is the Lord!
We have discovered that Christ said that we must eat His Flesh and drink His Blood, and what is meant by calling Christ the Lamb of God. Jesus Christ, as the Lamb of God took our sins upon Himself and died to save us from them, in our place. At the Last Supper, the night … Continue reading Why Mass? – Part 3
Sacrifice played a big part in the lives of the Jews, from the sacrifices of Cain and Able in the book of Genesis, right down to Jesus’ own day. The sacrifices were not sufficient to make up for the sins of men but were necessary as a precursor of what was to happen. An innocent … Continue reading Why Mass? – Part 2
It is believed that of the majority of those who call themselves Catholics, most do not attend Sunday Mass weekly, if at all regularly. Yet the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.” “Those who deliberately fail in this … Continue reading Why Mass? – Part 1