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.

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?
With Jesus, Mary as guides, how are we answering God’s call to serve?
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
I recently read the book “Each Little Bird That Sings” by Deborah Wiles, about a family who runs a small, southern town’s funeral home. So, yes, death is mentioned quite a lot and dealt with respectfully and humbly. The family’s motto was “We live to serve.”
Success predicted for Why Catholic? program by third week of Lent
Dr. Linda Webster
I’m going to make a prediction. By the third week of Lent, the Why Catholic? program will be a resounding success throughout the Diocese of Little Rock. Why? The program is such an exciting opportunity to do something positive during Lent; something almost indulgent. Visiting one another.
Proclaiming Word of God to benefit listeners requires skillful delivery
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
There is a difference between reading for others and reading for yourself. If you can read well for the public you can usually read well for yourself. The reverse is not true. You may be able to read with great comprehension privately and be a very poor public reader.
Mystery of God to be explored through sacraments, Scripture, prayer
Msgr. Richard Oswald
In every celebration of the Eucharist, following the consecration of the bread and wine, the celebrant issues the invitation, “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.” All sing out a profession of their faith in the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection and his promise to return in glory.
Allowing only priests to purify vessels is sign of reverence for Eucharist
Charlotte Miller
The announcement that extraordinary ministers of holy Communion (previously known as eucharistic ministers) will no longer purify Communion vessels has caused somewhat of a stir among the laity — perhaps among the ordained, also, but I am not privy to their responses.
Mass music is meant for whole assembly’s full, active participation
Dr. Linda Webster
Music — it soothes the soul and shouts praise to our creator. It expresses joy, sorrow, hope and even gives voice to our fears. We’ve all sung from the time we were children.
For what are you preparing? Last minute shopping or Christ’s birth?
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
The anticipation is growing. The preparation is excelling. The wait is almost over. Are you exhausted or exuberant?
Apocryphal writings good source of information on Mary, her parents
Sister Cabrini Schmitz, OSB
The Church celebrates many feasts of Mary, the Mother of God, in the course of the liturgical year. Some of Mary’s feasts have definite ties with the Gospels while others have no reference in Scripture. For example, no hint of the two feasts in the fall — the Nativity of Mary on Sept.
All should enter the Mass prepared to worship and draw near to Christ
Father James P. West
On the night before his death, Our Lord sits down at table with his Apostles for the Last Supper. Solemnly, in the most serious tone they have ever heard from him, he begins to speak, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me — one who is eating with me.”

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