Recently I have seen a lot of articles about how creationists are stupid. As if they have missed the news that one unified theory of evolution has been formulated and supported by evidence making “Evolution” a fact. The problem of course is that there is no one theory of “evolution” and there is not one set of beliefs adhered to by all creationists. The cartoon on this page captures the general idea of what has been irking me in this debate as of late. What this erroneous idea fails to take into consideration is that often times, there exists between two partial and contrasting perceptions, a wider perception, which includes both and goes beyond both. Catholics believe in both creationism and evolution. If that last sentence has captured your attention, I encourage you to read on. Continue readingby
I decided to record the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday because I wanted to watch a few of the live musical acts and I figured I could just fast forward through the commercials and all of the other fluff. What I did not expect was to be bullied by the show for being a Christian who holds historically acceptable values.
Everyone who watches the Grammy’s has one thing in common, they like music. While award shows are generally “left” leaning, with a lot of people in the entertainment industry being more or less liberal, the Grammy Awards took it to a new level by effectively hijacking the ceremony and presenting the support of same sex marriage as a foregone conclusion that is supported by anyone who was watching, and quickly dismissing anyone who might have a different belief as backwards and unworthy to be part of the evening. Continue readingby
Time Magazine named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year”. After reading the article I have a few insights to share. I will expand on them below, but for now, here is my list of topics:
1) What is a “Person of the Year”?
2) I don’t think that Time Magazine (or secular culture for that matter) understands what the Papacy is.
3) The difference between Francis and Benedict or Francis and others is style and focus.
1) Each year time names the person who they think had the most influence on the world, someone who’s impact was most substantial. It does not mean that they were a good person or that their impact was commendable, just that it was “most”. The runner up was Continue readingby
Col 3:18, “Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord,” and Eph 5:24, “As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything,” are among the most avoided verses in the Bible. In her wisdom the Church has provided us with Col 3:12-21 as the second reading for the Feast of the Holy Family. Versus 18-21 give us an exhortation imploring concrete behaviors that will help make a family well ordered. Yet, it seems like we miss the beauty and effectiveness of what St. Paul is trying to communicate because we are scared to “take the bull by the horns” and do some honest investigation and teaching on these verses. I wouldn’t say that I have the perfect insight, but I offer my homily for listening below, or download, as one way of understanding and living with St. Paul’s teaching, i.e., God’s teaching.by
I think that Joseph embodies this quote. He was naturally virtuous and with the supernatural graces he received in his encounter with the angel, he truly trusts in the providence of God.
To hear more, listen to my homily from the 4th Sunday of Advent. Downloadby
Yes, I can see that you are sorry, but what I want to know is why you are sorry? Advent is a great time to go to confession so as to prepare yourself to commemorate the first coming of Christ at Christmas, while also maintaining a state of preparedness for his second coming.
Many of you learned about contrition and even memorized an act of contrition for your first confession, but too few adults retain a real understanding of what it really is. One thing it is not is regret. Regret is a negative sentiment that we experience when we get caught or lose, or things don’t go our way. The idea is that we regret the outcome, the negative side effect, the consequence, but not necessarily Continue readingby
Last year around this time I posted a series of reflections on the appearances of the Archangel Gabriel announcing the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus. I later formatted them into a single eBook which is available for 99¢ on both the Kindle store and the iBookstore. Follow these links to download the book and enrich your Advent.by
I few years ago I wrote about being cautious when watching the X Factor, not to believe everything. You can read that blog here. The truth is, I am still watching the show and I recently had a new idea. One thing that everyone who watches the show has to admit is that the production put into each performance is second to none. The video screens that fill the studio can create any environment. Add to the mix a top notch band, back up singers, dancers, spotlights, wardrobe and makeup, etc., and you have an amazing spectacle. All you need to add is some talent.
Most of the time, especially during the first half of the season, the performances turn out to be bland, with an exciting exemption occurring here and there. The productions however, are top notch from the start. Basically, each person is given every conceivable tool to help them succeed as an artist. It is up to the person’s talents and gumption Continue readingby