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.

As Church honors Mary, it’s a good time to reflect on her holiness
Father James P. West
At this time of the year we move through something of a season of Mary, which actually began with the celebration of her assumption into heaven on Aug. 15. One week later we celebrated the queenship of Mary.
To be holy means to ‘put on Christ;’ we should seek him, not self
Charles T. Sullivan
On the whole, I do not think about my personal call to holiness as often as I should. Most of the time, if the truth be known, I let the “stuff” of life get in the way: career, deadlines, meetings, chores, family concerns and innumerable other responsibilities.
God’s wisdom and love shine through, even in life’s greatest trials
Judy Hoelzeman
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God. How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways.” (Romans 11:33)
Don’t be intimidated by Sola Scriptura; other sources add to revelation
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
Catholics are easily put on the defensive with biblical questions about Catholic doctrine.
In saying ‘Amen’ we proclaim: We will do all the Lord has told us
Msgr. Richard Oswald
Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, as the priest speaks the words of consecration, we hear Christ’s words: “This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.”
Annulment proves marriage invalid at start
Tara Little, Associate Editor - Arkansas Catholic
What God has joined man must not divide. This command, first spoken by Jesus when questioned by the Pharisees in Judea, is declared each time a marriage is joined in the Catholic Church.
Couple heals through annulment
Tara Little, Associate Editor
“… I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced, and with solicitous care to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the Church, for as baptized persons they can, and indeed must, share in her life.”— Familiaris Consortio,
Unique in purpose and style, both Peter and Paul were crucial leaders
Sister Susan McCarthy, RDC
The time between the death of a founder and the establishment (or non-establishment) of capable strong leaders to continue the vision is a very tenuous time.
The resurrection of Christ is not legend, but a real, historical event
Charley Sullivan
The message, the mission and the meaning of Jesus seemed to come to an abrupt end with his violent and shameful death on the cross.
The call to leadership is a call to service, building both Church and self
Dr. Linda Webster
It’s opportunity season once again. In many parishes, pastoral council seats are coming up for election, committee memberships are rotating and catechetical leaders for the upcoming academic year are being wooed.