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.

Answers for Mass, Eucharist questions
Father Erik Pohlmeier
The following is a list of questions often asked about the Eucharist and Mass. Father Erik Pohlmeier, chairman of the Year of the Eucharist Committee and theological consultant for Arkansas Catholic, provided the answers. Q. What do Catholics mean by “real presence?”
Armed with education, it may be time to give laity a greater role
Linda Webster
As fall settles in each year, I feel an urge to pull out my introduction to theology text. Not necessarily to reread it, but as a reminder of the hopes and fears that each new group of students brings to St. John Center for that first weekend of theology instruction.
Saints are role models for what all people are called to by God
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
The world heard “santo subito!” on April 8 at Pope John Paul II ’s funeral. The call for “sainthood immediately” reverberated for this dearly loved and greatly respected servant.
Daily prayer may be a struggle at times, but is worth the commitment
Judy Hoelzeman
My mother used to say to us, “How do you kids think you’re ever going to get to heaven if you don’t pray?” This rhetorical question came up when we complained about having to go to Wednesday night devotions.
Forming the faith a priority because it is meant to transform lives
Sandy Compas
The first communicants and their parents had made crosses, and the children were busy decorating them, while their parents, in an adjoining room, were asked, “When have you experienced the paschal mystery?”
Mysteries of rosary focus on all major events that led to our salvation
Charles T. Sullivan
Along with several friends, my youngest daughter helped organize an informal Catholic girls’ Bible study group in her dorm at the University of Arkansas.
Giving control of life to God is point of Jesus’ message to rich man
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
The Gospel story of the rich man is a puzzler. Why does Jesus say that this man, who has been keeping the commandments since childhood, cannot be saved unless he sells his possessions and gives his money to the poor? Why does he have to do this when others don’t?
Message received during a homily involves listener and speaker
Dr. Linda Webster
On Nov. 20, 1863, Abraham Lincoln penned a reply to Edward Everett, the more anticipated of the speakers at the Gettysburg cemetery, who had praised the brevity of the president’s remarks.
Scriptural accounts have been embellished through the centuries
Sister Susan McCarthy, RDC
Historical writer, Thomas Cahill, in his book “Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before And After Jesus” has written a chapter on “Paul’s Jesus.” In his description of Paul’s conversion experience Cahill says, “This pharisee, riding his horse hard toward Damascus …had been knocked from h
Jesus’ cross is the great sign of Christian hope for all humanity
Charles T. Sullivan
The cross is the most universal and recognizable of all the Christian symbols. For nearly 2,000 years, the cross has been reverenced as a sacred reminder of Christ’s passion and thereby considered the great sign of our salvation.

Pages