Catholic Faith Corner

Living in the Light
of Jesus Christ

Sea of Galilee at Sunrise

Catholic Faith Corner

Living in the Light
of Jesus Christ

Appreciating Being Alive

We just celebrated my mom’s 91st birthday. She bemoans her loss of independence and her pains. “Just throw me in Lake Erie,” she remarks. Yet she is anticipating another birthday party next year. And her family is glad she is still with us. I too am moving closer to the end of my life. This has made me reflect on how precious every day is. Because I live today, I can delight in the beauty of the full moon decorated with wisps of gray clouds this morning. I can enjoy Beethoven’s 5th symphony and the theme from the Titanic movie. (more…)

Jesus Is the Center

Loved Beyond Measure Used with permission Stephen Sawyer/ART4GOD

Blaise Pascal wrote, “Jesus is the center of everything and the object of everything.” In my research for talks on evangelization, I learned that most people who trade the Catholic Church for a Pentecostal or Evangelical church claim that it is because they are looking for a personal relationship with Jesus. This is mind-boggling because Catholics have unique opportunities for encountering the living, risen Jesus. (more…)

The New Evangelization

At a recent reunion I learned that a classmate from the Catholic school I attended had become a Jehovah’s Witness. Two people came knocking on her door, and she listened to them. Her conversion raised two questions for me: 1) How could she give up the beliefs, the rich traditions, and sacramental benefits of the Catholic faith so easily? I’m wondering if maybe she didn’t really know what she was giving up. Arguably there now are two generations of theologically illiterate Catholics. Did you hear that in the United States after Catholics the next largest “denomination” is Catholics who have left the faith? (more…)

A Prayer Method to Jumpstart Our Spiritual Life

Ash Wednesday. This is an auspicious day to begin blogging. The whole Church is entering Lent, the season intended to be a new spring. We hope to revitalize our spiritual life and strengthen our relationship with God. My goal in writing this blog each week is to be a midwife for others as they try to fulfill these hopes. In the process, I expect that my own spiritual life will grow. (more…)

A Christmas List

This past Sunday in church a little girl about five years old sat beside me. She wore a Santa hat that was covered with large silver sequins. I told her, “I like your hat. I wish I had one like that.” Looking up at me, the girl advised in all seriousness, “If you really want one, you could put it on your Christmas list.” (more…)

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