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.


Chain letters are harmful when belief in power damages faith in God
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
A form of superstition that seemed to wane in recent decades has received a new lease on life from the Internet: the chain letter.
Welcoming a stranger is not just polite; it is a command from God
Msgr. Richard Oswald
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released figures estimating that since the year 2000 the Hispanic population of Arkansas has risen by 51 percent to 130,846. Hispanic immigration during the past 20 years has doubled the total number of Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock.
Parish priest says vocation is an ‘unearned gift from God’
Tara Little, Associate Editor - Arkansas Catholic
Father Greg Luyet, JCL, has been a priest for the Diocese of Little Rock for 11 years. He was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock in 1995. He was born at Little Rock Air Base in Jacksonville and grew up in North Little Rock.
Spirit within makes us all a ‘Pentecost’ people capable of greatness
Deacon John Marschewski
Growing up in eastern Arkansas, I had wonderful Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (Sister Louis Joseph, Sister Maude Michelle, Sister Catherine Louise and Sister Louise Frances) who gave me a solid foundation in my Catholic faith for which I am forever grateful.
Humans cannot bring about their own salvation; only God saves
Charles T. Sullivan
Soteriology (Greek, soter “salvation” and logos “word about”) is the critical reflection on the salvific (saving) activity of Christ. This particular branch of Catholic theology asks: What does it mean to say that Christ saved us? And why do we even need to be saved?
From bishop to parishioner, we are connected in God’s salvation plan
Father Erik Pohlmeier
This time of sede vacante (literally “vacant seat”) in the Diocese of Little Rock is a good time to understand better the role of bishop in the Church.
Paul’s message to the Ephesians reveals eternal truths about anger
Dr. Linda Webster
When looking over the reading from Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians for this week (4:25-5:2), you might want to pause a moment for a rueful chuckle before the sermon begins.
Priests are recommended for the episcopacy by their bishops
Charlotte Miller
As the Diocese of Little Rock awaits the appointment of a new bishop, we might wonder how the new bishop will be selected. We might also wonder just what the role of the bishop is in the first place.
Do we really think about what we say we believe in the creed?
Sandy Compas
Every Sunday at Mass, between the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we stand together to profess our faith. “We believe in one God … We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ … We believe in the Holy Spirit … We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church …”
The Book of Psalms can feed our hungry, hurting hearts even today
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
“All you nations, praise the Lord. All you people, praise him because the Lord loves us very much, and his truth is everlasting. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 117)