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.

Christian love is lived out through selfless actions, not just words
Judy Hoelzeman
Valentine’s Day is coming and love is in the air — or is it?
Celebrations throughout liturgical year reflect course of Christian life
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
Though we hold all the truths of the faith continually and try to live the Gospel life fully every day, we need the special days and seasons of the Church year to remind and renew us in what we profess.
In spite of mystery, Trinity offers conversion by experiencing its reality
Msgr. Richard Oswald
One of the joys of teaching children is the delightful way in which they ponder our instruction, synthesize it as best they can, and then come up with questions that force us to dig a bit deeper in both our understanding and the way in which we express it.
Like Mary, all ‘hearers of the Word’ should become doers of God’s will
Sister Susan McCarthy, RDC
Eight years ago I attended a talk on Mary at which I was introduced to a statue of the Blessed Mother, titled “Seat of Wisdom.”
Church’s saint-making process has evolved into a formal procedure
Charles T. Sullivan
The beatification of Mother Teresa on Oct. 19 has helped to spark a renewed interest in the Church’s saint-making process.
Tradition uses senses, elevates ordinary during worship
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
A treasure of our Catholic faith tradition is how well we use ordinary things and our five senses to worship and grow. Take a moment and think of various worship times in your life and during the seasons of our Church calendar.
‘Poor souls’ in purgatory are not alone; Christ guides them to heaven
Father Raphael Kitz, OCD
On Nov. 2, we commemorate our beloved dead. The feast is called All Souls, but the Church qualifies souls by adding “of the faithful departed.” One who leaves this world as “faithful” is in a relationship of grace and friendship with God through Jesus Christ.
Our need to be close to God is completed in intimacy of Eucharist
Father Andrew Smith
In Latin the words sacra (holy) and facere (to make) form the basis for the English contraction into the word sacrifice, a word that denotes “to make holy” more than it denotes destruction or annihilation.
Law exists not only to protect but to teach love, selfless consideration
Dr. Linda Webster
We are a society awash in rules. We often buckle up when driving, not because it’s safer but because we might get ticketed. We try to pay our taxes on time to avoid penalties and prosecution.
Luminous mysteries great way to meditate on life of Christ in rosary
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
As the Year of the Rosary, declared by Pope John Paul II, draws to an end in October, I wonder how the new luminous mysteries have affected our Church and its people.