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.

Reconciliation is necessary, natural in relationship with God, Church
Sister Mary Lou Stubbs, DC
Getting to your destination on the streets and highways of this hazardous world requires that your vehicle gets ongoing maintenance and occasional repairs.
Practicing our faith is something to do every day, not just on Sundays
Judy Hoelzeman
The Second Vatican Council’s “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church” uses the ancient term “domestic church” (ecclesia domestica) to describe the family.
No obstacle, not even former Soviet Union, can prevent God’s work
Father James P. West
His name was Andrei, and he was a political officer in the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union.
The Eucharist, the original Thanksgiving, is the eternal gift from God
Sister Cabrini Schmitz, OSB
Table of plenty! Table of hospitality! Next Thursday Americans all over the world will gather somewhere to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Family and friends will travel miles to sit around tables rich with choice festive foods.
Vatican II’s theological experts continue to shape Church today
Charles T. Sullivan
The Second Vatican Council, the 21st ecumenical council in the history of the Church, was undoubtedly the most important religious event of the 20th century.
God knows us as we are, sin, failure and all, and loves us anyway
Deacon John Marschewski
In this Sunday’s Scripture (Luke 18:9-14), Jesus takes us to a place familiar to every dedicated Jew. He begins the story, “Two people went up to the temple area to pray, one was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector ...”
Missionaries are still needed to plant seeds of the Gospel in new ‘soil’
Father Erik Pohlmeier
This week the Church celebrates the memorial of the North American Martyrs. These eight men were the first and only canonized martyrs of the United States and Canada, canonized together by Pope Pius XI in 1930.
Science’s evolution explains ‘how, ’while belief in creation tells us ‘why’
Charles T. Sullivan
One of the thorniest issues in public education today is the debate between the presumably contradictory theories of evolutionism and creationism.
Labor Day is chance for workers to be with families as God intended
Dr. Linda Webster
With Labor Day upon us, summer unofficially ends. Novelists and playwrights often use this modern holiday as literary device, foreshadowing a return to the humdrum and prosaic workdays filling the other three seasons.
Happiness is not in security, power or acceptance; it is unity with God
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
There is a story in the tradition of the Islamic Sufis about a man who lost the key to his house. His neighbor saw him hunting in the grass and when he found out what was wrong asked if he could help search for the key. “I would appreciate that,” he replied.

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