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.

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.
Presentation of Jesus in the temple prepared him for ministry
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
Feb. 2 is the date our Church calendar marks as the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. It occurs 40 days after the celebration of Christmas, a time period that was significant in the life of a faithful Jewish couple, such as Mary and Joseph.
Become aware of God’s love and presence in the here and now
Judy Hoelzeman
After the tragedies on Sept. 11, church attendance spiked. People flocked to churches and synagogues. According to a motivational psychologist, they went to church to calm their fears and to have profound questions answered.
Basis of Catholic interpretation of Bible differs from Protestants’
Abbot Jerome Kodell
Catholics are often criticized for not knowing the Bible as well as their Protestant brothers and sisters. Many Protestants are able to quote texts and to answer questions about their beliefs with a line from the Bible, while Catholics are not so quick on the draw.