Catholicism and the Bipartisan System

There are many things about politics that baffle me, but one concept trumps them all: the fact that diverseĀ issues get bundled together, and it’s assumed that if you are in favor (or not in favor) of one of them, then you are in favor (or not in favor) of them all. Yesterday I took a … Continue reading

What Young Catholics Truly Want.

Originally posted on Catholic With A Vengeance +++:
Attention Pastors, Youth Pastors, Music Directors, Deacons and Catechists: ? I have oft heard the complaint from you that ā€œThe young people arenā€™t interested in Catholic faith, they donā€™t come to Mass and they donā€™t volunteer to sing, lector or help with ministriesā€¦it seems there is little hope…

A Sense of Belonging: College Students and their Parishes

“Everything changes and nothing stands still.” Ā  Ā ~ Heraclitus Heraclitus was a pre-Socratic philosopher who believed that the central building block of the universe was “flux,” or change. Now, with my Christian worldview, I can’t say that I believe the central thing is this universe is change…but as a college student sometimes it seems that … Continue reading

Conversion, Reconciliation, and Transformation

“And I absolve you of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This is an excerpt from the Prayer of Absolution that the priest says at the end of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. At this point, you’ve confessed your sins to the priestĀ in persona ChristiĀ (ie, … Continue reading