It is a healthy, wholesome desire to be great in the eyes of God. Being great in God’s eyes means using one’s talents to benefit the common good. Becoming great does not mean becoming perfect. Greatness is really a compilation of many very small successes. The little things in life matter – a smile, a … More It is Ok to Desire Greatness
Catholic theologians, like other scientists, are known for their ability to engage in critical thinking. Catholic theologians are not limited to the members of the Catholic clergy. Over the centuries, the Catholic Magisterium (meaning the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests and Deacons) have a long history of conflict with various theologians and scientists. This is nothing … More Critical Thinking Skills in Ministry
Catholic social teaching naturally contributes to and extends from God’s plan of love. God’s plan of love is written in natural law. Natural law can be observed scientifically. Many of the sciences like biology and psychology involve the study of living things. Likewise, Catholic social teaching honors a living God who is perpetually life-giving. Whenever … More Human Dignity and Science
Many Protestant Christians are highly suspicious of anything “mystical” – and rightly so. Mysticism has been used to abuse the faithful for centuries. So, how does one tell the difference between a true mystic and a false mystic? Mysticism is best correlated with a personality type. That is why mysticism is found in every spiritual … More The Truth About Mysticism
Today marks another horrific day with the deaths of 26 innocent churchgoers in the state of Texas. See the Chicago Tribune President Trump says that this shooting is a result of mental illness and is not related to gun control issues. It is true that the shooter was legally denied the right to carry a … More Mental Illness and the Church
It is not surprising to any Catholic to hear that the Catholic Church is at one of its lowest points in its 2000+ year history. The sexual abuse of children in Pope Francis’s home country of Argentina is currently breaking forth this year. Argentina follows with the similar revelations of many other Catholic communities around … More What will the Future Roman Catholic Church Look Like?
As we approach the holiday season, we hear the word “joy” more often. However, many people, including myself, have only a faint understanding of the true meaning of “joy.” Contrary to the popular opinion of those who are idealists, joy does not require one’s life to be in perfect condition. More often than not, joy … More What is Joy?