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.

‘Ordinary time’ on liturgical calendar is anything but commonplace
Deacon Bo McAllister
This Sunday as we celebrate the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we find ourselves in the middle of summer break from schools and the time in our Church calendar identified as Ordinary Time.
We all share responsibility for the celebration of the Eucharist
Msgr. Richard Oswald
Writing to the people of the Church in Corinth about the proper disposition with which they should approach the Eucharist, Paul said, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and always, will lead us
Father James P. West
The Catholic Church has recently completed its celebration of the resurrection of our Lord in the Easter season. During this sacred time, we were carried into the very heart of the mysteries of our salvation, and we found comfort and peace while there.
By studying Vatican II, we can become better participants in our faith
Sister Susan McCarthy
Amazing, as it seems, it has been almost 40 years since the opening of the first session of Vatican Council II on Oct. 11, 1962. From that date until Dec. 8, 1965, the bishops of the world met each fall.
Gospels tell us truth about Christ, guide us to salvation
Charles Sullivan
The Gospels are not biographies but testimonies. They testify, based upon certain selected historical facts and events, that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God who reveals the Father and brings salvation to a fallen world.
For the peace of Jerusalem, pray: ‘May those who love you prosper’
Jerre Roberts
In the past few months our attention has been riveted on the tragic events in the Middle East, particularly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I remember the day 21 years ago, entering Jerusalem on a small bus as we prayed the words of Psalm 122.
When a crisis occurs, we can do the most important thing: Pray
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
Four days after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, I left the abbey to give a retreat at a monastery of Benedictine women. Unlike the experience of thousands of others, my immediate plans were not disrupted by the tragic events of that day.
We are called to follow Jesus through his suffering, death, resurrection
Father Raphael Kitz, OCD
Lent is a season in which we are called to follow Jesus along his road to Jerusalem when he will suffer, die and rise again. This risen Lord is the goal of the Lenten season, which culminates in the celebration of the Easter Vigil.
Wisdom, strength of Christ’s cross reveals worldly folly, weakness
Father Andrew Smith
Jesus knew that people would see the signs that he worked, the miracles he performed, but would refuse to see the messages behind the signs and the miracles. Instead they would see him as a wonder worker, a super man, a good show. He knew that they would not recognize who he really was.
Through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, our hearts should yearn for God
Eleanor Henley
Lent is the time of year when the Church calls us to conversion of heart, to find out who we truly are before God. We are called to amend our lives while realizing that when God calls we are given the grace to respond.