Understanding Our Church

A Treasury of Arkansas Writers Discussing the Catholic Faith

Understanding Our Church

Explore this treasury of Arkansas writers discussing the Catholic faith on a wide variety of topics. Find what you're looking for by browsing the whole list or search by keyword or author. All articles have been reviewed for theological accuracy. Opinions expressed are those of the author.

St. Benedict, father of western monasticism, also miracle worker
Sister M. Glorea Knaggs, OSB
As a member of the Diocese of Little Rock, you may be fairly well acquainted with St. Benedict, a patron saint of Europe and patron of three religious communities in Arkansas — Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro, St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith and Subiaco Abbey.
God calls us to love one another, especially when it’s hard to do
Lou Ann Gieringer
When I was a little girl, I knew that I was loved. My mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends of my parents all loved me. I knew the people around me would care for me and help me. I was blessed with a network of people that cared about me and wanted me to succeed.
Holy Spirit exists in both fiery and quiet moments of faith
Father Jason Tyler
We celebrated Pentecost Sunday on June 5 this year. At Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles after they were locked in the upper room in prayer for nine days following the Ascension of Jesus.
Extroverts, introverts approach prayer differently for spiritual growth
Paula Standridge
Our temperament and personality affect many aspects of our lives. For example: how we relate to the world around us and our relationships with other people, and also how we work, play and enjoy our free time.
Extraordinary lives of Benedictine saints still inspire faithful
Sister M. Glorea Knaggs, OSB
Do you know our Benedictine saints? In the Diocese of Little Rock, we are blessed to have not one but three Benedictine communities. Chances are you have encountered either a monk, sister or oblate from the Olivetan Benedictine sisters of Holy Angels in Jonesboro, the Benedictine sisters of St.
Shocking news makes headlines, but good things happen each day
Father Jerome Kodell, OSB
News reporting wants to capture attention, so we are constantly alerted to “breaking news” and warned to stay tuned lest we miss something. Unfortunately, the news that gets our attention, shocking or surprising news, is often bad news: a tragedy, a betrayal, a scandal.
Be an example of God’s love this Advent
Lou Ann Gieringer
My favorite time for morning prayer is on my way to work.
Spiritual waiting important in Advent to prepare for Jesus’ coming
Father Jason Tyler
Can you believe it’s already December? What happened to fall? It seems like just yesterday, leaves started changing colors, and now we can look around and see almost no leaves on most of our trees. Hunters have enjoyed deer season for a while and now prepare for modern gun season to wrap up.
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary based on Battle of Lepanto
Paula Standridge
One of the many advantages of listening to Catholic radio is learning more about our Catholic history. There is always so much to learn, even for those of us who have always been Catholic.
Catholic education is worth sacrifices parents make
Sister M. Glorea Knaggs, OSB
One of my favorite childhood pastimes was looking at our old family photo albums.

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