Today we seem to live in a world that puts too much emphasis on our thoughts, feelings and desires. Personally I want to rise above my own thoughts, feelings and desires which are prone to mistakes and live in conformity with the truth. Where then can I turn to be sure I am living in… Continue reading When my Conscience Conflicts with the Teachings of the Church.
In recent years there has been a renewed push by some members of the Church to ordain women to the ministerial priesthood. While I understand some of the natural reasons people give for this push I can’t understand how they seriously entertain the idea because the Church has always held the privilege of… Continue reading Women Priests: Why Not? An Introduction
For years, people, both inside and outside the Church have called for the Church to lift Her ancient practice of priestly celibacy. This cry gained support with the drop in the number of vocations to the priesthood following the Second Vatican Council and the cry has recently been reenergized by the despicable heterosexual, homosexual and… Continue reading Clerical Celibacy: A Good for the Whole Church
Introduction For some reason I meet very few Catholics who openly disagree with the Church’s understanding of the true presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament or a belief in the Trinity but it seems like very frequently I come across many Catholics who openly disagree with the Churches teaching on sexual morality. In these… Continue reading Introduction to Catholic Sexual Morality in light of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
A talk given to parents whose children were preparing make their first Reconciliation Your sons or daughters have reached the point on their lifelong pilgrimages to heaven where they now know right from wrong. This is a beautiful thing. Our ability to reason, to know right from wrong, and to choose the good and avoid… Continue reading Encourage Your Children to Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Introduction The sacrament of anointing of the sick is administered by a priest to bring both spiritual and physical health to a Catholic during a serious illness, most especially near the moment of death. Like all sacraments, the sacrament of anointing of the sick, is “an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted… Continue reading Introduction to the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
I am often asked by people critical of the Catholic Church “why does the Church hate women?” While I understand people looking from the outside may think the Church sees women as second class citizens, after all only men can be priests, I want to scream back “She doesn’t.” Did you know Blessed Pope John… Continue reading Introduction Reflection on the Dignity of Women
The Church has always recognized the essential and unique role of lay women in the life of the Church. In recent times, since the Second Vatican Council and its declaration on the universal call to holiness, the Church has drafted document after document exhorting and teaching both men and women how to live out their… Continue reading Introduction to the Role of Women in the Life of the Church
This is the heart of a Pro-Life talk given to a group of young adults. Personal stories were interspersed throughout the talk but this represents the material of the talk. I have often found that when Catholics speak about the atrocity of abortion they seem to just give a lecture on abortion rather that speaking… Continue reading A Fresh Look at Being Pro Life
At the heart of the pro-life debate is the ultimate question of when life begins. In recent years many different people and organizations have attempted the change the definition of when life begins from conception to other points like implantation, viability, heartbeat, and even the ability to reason. Oftentimes people in the prolife movement argue… Continue reading Use Your Brain to Answer When Life Begins!