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.


Psalms help us go to God as we are, not as we think we should be
Judy Hoelzeman
My younger brother was born when I was 15 months old. He was hale and hearty, but my mother developed a blood clot after the delivery and almost died.
Using Latin helps assembly experience universality of Catholic Church
Father James P. West
“The use of the Latin language, with due respect to particular law, is to be preserved in the Latin rites.” Sacrosanctum Concilium, 36 “Clearly, Vatican II never envisioned the loss of Latin in the Church’s liturgy, yet that is what happened in so many places.”
In Bible, God’s saving Word comes to us in a real and personal way
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
Since the Second Vatican Council, the lives of many Catholics have been enriched and transformed by their reading, study and meditation of the Bible.
Monk never imagined this life for himself
Tara Little, Associate Editor - Arkansas Catholic
Greg Boland was working as a campus minister at a Catholic high school in Georgia in 2003 when he heard a priest say that sometimes the Holy Spirit speaks to you through others.
How do I know if I have a religious vocation?
Sister Kimberly Prohaska, OSB
How do I know if I have a religious vocation? Many young people ask this very question; in fact I asked it myself not very long ago. The answer is not something you can find and define in a simple way. It is a mystery.
Sisters’ vocation rooted in Christ’s love of poor
Tara Little, Associate Editor - Arkansas Catholic
“To love the poor is to love God the right way; to serve them well is to serve God well; to honor our Lord we must imitate him.”
Four evangelists’ symbols came from themes in their Gospels
Charles T. Sullivan
The word evangelist comes from the Greek meaning, “proclaimer of the Good News.” Certainly Jesus was an evangelist: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
We experience Jesus’ touch through seven sacraments of the Church
Deacon John Marschewski
Catholics my age or older, for the most part, grew up with the traditional Baltimore Catechism definition of a sacrament. I believe that definition went like this: “A sacrament is an outward (visible) sign instituted by Christ to give grace.”
Why Catholic? helps teach us how to explain reason for our hope
Father Erik Pohlmeier
Catholics around the state have just completed an amazing cycle in their lives of faith: the 40 days of Lenten preparation, the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the welcoming of new souls to the sacraments, and now the expectation of the coming Holy Spirit in Pentecost.
It’s a ‘Christian responsibility’ to share the faith
Phyllis Rathman
One of the most beautiful things about Lent and Easter is the welcoming of people into the Catholic Church. At the Rite of Election, the catechumen and candidates are reminded that they have heard the call of God and have responded to it, but how exactly does God call them?