The Church Will Survive…But We Have Work To Do

The Internet is full of people gloating over what they see as the defeat of the Catholic Church. Ireland, being long seen as a bastion of Catholicism, has voted for “same sex marriage” (62% voting yes) and the critics of the Church think this is a win-win situation. In their mind, either the Church changes her teaching and becomes what they want her to be or she refuses and goes extinct. In other words, they get what they want either way. At the same time, there are a lot of Catholics are Read more [...]
David

I've been blogging since 2007 (though my work before mid 2009 is not currently available). I teach RCIA in my parish. I have a Masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.The point of my blog is to examine the attacks or questions about the Church that cause people to doubt her authority and try to show why these attacks are not justified.

Chastity in the 21st Century???

Chastity tempers, regulates and moderates our sexual desires, thoughts and actions.1According to God, Adam and Eve were instructed to “be fertile and multiply” (Gen 1:28). Jesus affirmed this instruction by stating, “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Matt 19:6). Jesus teaches that through the covenantal oath of marriage and through the sexual union that ensues, the husband and wife become one. As a married Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Theology Program Online. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will hopefully be published during 2015 – God willing! She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband of 35+ years, Nick.

Road to Purity – The Road Less Traveled

The road to purity (holiness) is paved with repentance, leading us away from sin. The virtues are our guideposts on our journey, so that we know we are heading in the right direction. Prayer and receipt of the sacraments are our fuel. The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes are the laws of the road. The Bible is our roadmap that helps us plot our course. Our own bodies are our mode of transportation. If we were smart, we would put Jesus in the driver’s seat!Where are we headed? Why Heaven Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Theology Program Online. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will hopefully be published during 2015 – God willing! She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband of 35+ years, Nick.

Catholic Writers: Stand Up for the Truth in LOVE

The challenge is to witness to the validity of our Catholic spirituality with a mature love, without stooping to ridicule our Protestant brothers.  It is God who converts and convicts; we are simply called to tell our stories and to pray.  Then our sinfulness will not hinder any move of GodI am proud to proclaim I am a Catholic writer. A saved, born again, Spirit-filled lover of Jesus who expects to be accepted by Protestant lovers of Jesus, because I am a sister in Christ. However, my culture Read more [...]

Melanie Jean Juneau is a wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God.

Dissenter’s Deception

I’ve been reading a book, What Went Wrong With Vatican II by Ralph McInerny that leaves me with a strange sense of déjà vu. The main premise is the rejection of authority in the 1960s did not come about because of Vatican II, but because of Humanae Vitae. A good portion of this book deals with the fact that the Pope made a binding teaching of the ordinary magisterium which people did not like, and to justify their dislike, they invented a theology  which never had been taught before which Read more [...]
David

I've been blogging since 2007 (though my work before mid 2009 is not currently available). I teach RCIA in my parish. I have a Masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.The point of my blog is to examine the attacks or questions about the Church that cause people to doubt her authority and try to show why these attacks are not justified.

Pure Hearts – Light as a Feather!

Pure Hearts mean light burdens, for it is sin that burdens and chains us down. With pure hearts we are free from sin. We are light as a feather! Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for … my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Here Jesus speaks of the yoke of obedience, telling us that our lives would actually be much happier if we were to align our intellects and wills with His; Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Theology Program Online. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will hopefully be published during 2015 – God willing! She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband of 35+ years, Nick.

Corruptio Optimi Pessima (Corruption of the Best is the Worst)

Very few people set out with the intention of “Hey! I’m going to be an evil #######!” But many people who start out with the intention of being good do wind up with the end result of having done evil.Consider that statement. I bet a lot of us immediately thought of other people as falling under this category. I also bet that very few thought of ourselves. That means we’re either a bunch of saints (in which case, consider 1 Corinthians 10:12), or we’re blind to our failings. Personally Read more [...]
David

I've been blogging since 2007 (though my work before mid 2009 is not currently available). I teach RCIA in my parish. I have a Masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.The point of my blog is to examine the attacks or questions about the Church that cause people to doubt her authority and try to show why these attacks are not justified.

In Honor of the 95th Anniversary of Saint John Paul the Great’s Birth – a Retrospective

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born 95 years ago, on May 20, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, the youngest of three children, to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Wojtyla, (née Kaczorowska). The future pope's father was a non-commissioned officer of the Imperial Royal Army and a Polish Army captain. His mother had a premonition about her youngest child saying, "Karol is destined to be a great man."Notes of Interest:Upon his election in 1978, John Paul II was the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years. At 58, he Read more [...]

Pure Heart – Holy Heart!

Pure hearts are holy hearts! When your heart is pure, it is clean and this means that your soul is free from sin. You are united with Christ; conformed to Christ, and act in a Christ-like manner. To be of this stature you must have a pure heart, a holy heart, a heart like Jesus’ heart. Might sound impossible, right, given humankind’s propensity to sin?Jesus reminds us in the Beatitudes:Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).News flash! If we want to Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Theology Program Online. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will hopefully be published during 2015 – God willing! She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband of 35+ years, Nick.

The Cure for Immodesty!

The cure for anything starts with understanding how it came to be in the first place. Immodesty stems from a lack of self love, resulting in a lack of self-worth. When a person lacks self-love and self-worth he/she tends to hunt for affirmation, looking to fit in, and at times, bowing to peer pressure in trying to fit in to a preconceived mold defined by others.  All this person wants is to be loved and to be told that he/she is worthy. This person craves attention, any kind of attention, even Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Theology Program Online. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will hopefully be published during 2015 – God willing! She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband of 35+ years, Nick.