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.

Jesus teaches us to be kind in every moment, to every person
Lou Ann Gieringer
I was rushing to work when I saw a young man trying to back a 1970-ish Lincoln Continental or Cadillac out of his driveway. The car was long. It moved slowly. It took a lot of space, especially because he was trying to back out of a driveway that was situated at the beginning of a roundabout.
Is it Ok to receive COVID-19 vaccine? Yes, but keep advocating for life
Father Jason Tyler
We are all familiar with the phrase, “the end does not justify the means.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church uses that exact phrase in paragraph 1753. Even if we have perfect intention, we must not choose something evil to accomplish it.
Composing our own litany can draw us closer to communion of saints
Paula Standridge
One of my favorite parts of the Easter Vigil Mass is the litany of the saints. This invocation to members of the church triumphant is moving and powerful. The litany of the saints is believed to be the most ancient of the Church’s litanies since it was mentioned by St.
Letting children come to us and listening when they do
Sister M. Glorea Knaggs, OSB
The first word of the Rule of St Benedict is “listen.” As an Olivetan Benedictine sister, it has been ingrained in me that listening, primarily to God but also to others, is a keystone of gospel living.
Like Israelites, we lean on God’s loving faithfulness in ‘wilderness’ times
Judy Hoelzeman
Like many Catholics, I did not grow up learning the Bible. But from the time I was a young adult, I have had invaluable opportunities to study the Scriptures.
‘Lady in Blue’ evangelized Native Americans in 1600s
Kelli Nugent
I first learned the fascinating story about the “Lady in Blue” as part of an introduction to the Catholic Church in the United States during classes at the former Little Rock Theology Institute.
St. Joseph, a faithful Jew, listened keenly to God and his angels
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
You have heard the phrase, “A man of few words.” This year is dedicated to such a person. In fact, no words of his are recorded in Scripture, yet his actions are crucial to salvation history.
Pixar's 'Soul' theologically wrong on many levels
Katie Karp
Pixar’s latest release, “Soul,” tells the story of an aspiring jazz musician, Joe, who falls down a manhole on his way to his “big break.” When he finds himself as a soul disassociated from his body, he is frantic to return to earth and have his shot at being a real jazz musician.
In times of turmoil, find comfort in psalms like Jesus did
Deacon Mike Cumnock
As we enter this Lenten season, the whole world seems to be in disarray. We are clearly in a time of turmoil. We have seen times like this before, and I have faith that God and good will prevail. We are constantly reminded of the fragility of life. Where are we to turn?
Faithful to look forward in Christian hope
Edward C. Dodge
I’ve been thinking of hope a lot lately and of how what the Church means by “hope” differs slightly from our secular concept of hope.

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