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Prayer of a Suffering Church: Catholics on the Abuse Crisis

I remember when the scandal hit the news this one time. My friend texted me. She’s like, I can’t go to church anymore. I didn’t know how to answer because I didn’t want to go to church, but I — at the same time These are the moments we need God. When the abuse crisis… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Heaven, Hell & Purgatory?

Is there really such a thing as heaven, hell or purgatory? If I end up in purgatory, is there any way I can get into heaven? How do I know where I’m going? We are going to live forever. We are immortal. God has given us a soul made in His image and likeness, and… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Why So Many Churches?

Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist… I don’t know which one is right! What’s different about Catholicism? What makes the Catholic Church, the right church? One of Jesus’ most ardent prayers at the Last Supper was his desire that all of his followers be ‘one’ as He and the Father are ‘One’. In the Acts of the… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Does Jesus Still Heal People?

Does Jesus still heal people today? What is the Anointing of the Sick? There’s plenty of stories of Jesus healing people. Does that still happen today? In my first parish assignment, there was a little boy in our grade school who ran out in front of a car, was hit and severely hurt. He was… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – The Desire for God

So, why does God even matter? Why is God important in my life? Does God really matter? Aren’t all of our hearts restless? Aren’t we all looking for something more? All of us long for connection… for meaning… for purpose… for joy. We all want to know that our lives matter… and yet so often… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What Does Jesus Teach Us About Prayer?

What did Jesus teach us about prayer? Our Father, who art in heaven… What are the elements of The Lord’s Prayer? The Our Father is the greatest of Christian prayers because we receive it from the Lord Jesus, himself. When the Apostles said, “Lord, teach us to pray,” the Our Father is the prayer that… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Does God Really Exist?

How do we know God exists? I’ve never seen Him. You can’t prove there’s a God. Is there really a God? As a priest, I’ve had many conversations with people that really struggle with faith… that ask me, “How can you prove that God exists?” “Is heaven real?” And I share that struggle with them,… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Why Observe the Sacraments?

I’ve heard of sacraments. What are they? Why do we have to observe the sacraments? I keep the sacraments… mostly. The Baltimore Catechism says that “a sacrament is an external sign instituted by Christ to confer grace.” What does that mean? It means that Jesus has set up for us, in the Church, a way… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Is It Wrong to be Rich?

Just because I was born in America, does that mean I’m more privileged than everybody else in the world? Is it wrong to be rich and have nice things? Just because someone’s poor doesn’t mean I have to be. I was blessed to do four years of mission work in the Dominican Republic; working with… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What Makes a Happy Family?

Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother. Oh, I don’t know. It might be pretty tough to honor MY father and mother. I never really had a father in my life. What makes for a happy family? When I think of the fourth commandment, honor your father and your mother, I think of my… Read More »