I think that I am terrible at evangelization.
Confirmation – much more than a certificate of completion.
In his Life of St. Augustine, the fifth-century bishop Possidius tells us that the greatest of the Latin doctors of the Church, knowing that his earthly end was near, had four penitential psalms copied and hung on the walls of his room.
As I write to you this July, the events of the last five months seem to loom over all we do.
I am wondering how much I can be vulnerable with people. I have been able to tell some key people in my life about struggles of mine, but when can I tell others?
All disciples share one thing in common: Life before following Jesus Christ, and life after committing one’s self to the Lord.
On April 29, 1951, Father Thomas Love, SJ, baptized me in the Church of Sts. Philip and James, near Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Family legend has it that I raised such a furor during the proceedings that my cousin Judy hid in a confessional.
As I write to you in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, I am struck by my original topic for this month’s column: the importance of the sacraments to our growth as disciples of Christ.
Masses have been canceled. How are we supposed to survive as Catholics, much less continue to grow and raise our families in the faith?
As Yale University’s Carlos Eire masterfully demonstrated in Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650, there was no one “Protestant Reformation” but rather several religious movements, often in disagreement with each other, that shattered Western C
Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Some of my co-workers seem think that I believe that my religion saves me.
Last month, I wrote that discipleship will be a recurring theme the Inland Catholic columns during this year.
I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in June 1988. Since then, I’ve enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics last October.
This year, on the first Monday of Ordinary Time, we hear the passage from the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus calls Andrew, Simon, James, and John to follow Him.
The Advent and Christmas seasons are a time of traditions: familial, cultural, those in the Church.
I have heard that curiosity can be considered a vice. That doesn’t make any sense to me.
One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists (especially integralists) and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing the cause of today’s contentions within the Church
In November, the Church commemorates the faithful departed, our beloved brothers and sisters who have died in the hope of the Resurrection.
The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition — in which, Rossi memorably observed, “there are many ironies in the fire.”
I have family members who are Catholic, but they openly do not live as Catholics. I don’t know how to offer them correction.
In late June, I visited the concentration camp at Dachau, located in a wooded suburb a few miles from downtown Munich.
The catechism defines blasphemy as “directly opposed to the second commandment.
In the month of october, we traditionally honor Mary, and no devotion is as popular as the rosary.