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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 »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What is Sin?

How do we really know when something is right or wrong? Mom, how do I really know what I’m doing is a sin? That’s a good question. What is sin and are all sins the same? We’ve been talking about freedom, not as license, not as the ability to do whatever we want, but rather… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What’s Up with Catholics and Saints?

A lot of my non-Catholic friends have questions about saints. Are we supposed to be worshipping saints? Mom, how do you even become a saint? All the saints just seem kind of “old.” Are there any modern-day saints? Catholics are really into saints. We have St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Therese. All of our churches,… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What are the Marks of the Church?

What does it mean when they say the Church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic? The Creed is so wordy! Catholic…apostolic…it makes my head spin! I know I’m Catholic. I try to be holy. What is apostolic? Apostolic Church! What is that? Every Sunday in the Nicene Creed at Mass, we profess that the Church… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What Happens to the Bread & Wine?

It’s just bread and wine. What’s the big deal? Isn’t the bread and wine, just really, bread and wine? As Catholics, we believe that at every single Mass, the bread and wine offered on the altar, are transformed into the body and blood of Christ-the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It takes a remarkable faith to… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – Is the Bible True?

Are all those stories in the Bible really true? There is NO way the Bible is scientifically accurate. How does the Bible even relate to me? Think about how much time you spend on a given day communicating. Between texting, tweeting, cell phone calls, Facebooking, email, conversation… we all need to reach out and communicate.… Read More »

C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – How Am I Supposed to Pray?

Mary, have you prayed yet, today? Do we have to pray every day? I’ve tried to pray and it seems like nothing happens. I’m not really sure if I’m doing it right. How are we really supposed to pray? Anyone that’s tried it knows that prayer can be very difficult at times. When I talk… Read More »