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.

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) St. Paul writes these words to help the early Christians trust God’s plan of salvation.
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.” In the Old Testament “covenant” is the name given to the promises God makes to his people and to the promise
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.
Jesus humbled himself, became one of us so we could become like him
Charles T. Sullivan
A few years ago, while making a sales pitch to a prospective client, I was caught completely off guard when the man suddenly reached into his desk drawer, pulled out an obviously well-read Bible and challenged me with this question: “Can you sum up in one sentence the central theme of this book?”
Jesus must be present in our lives in order to share intimacy with him
Father Raphael Kitz, OCD
“It is important to realize that he did this not only 2,000 years ago to his own, but continues to do so in our own concrete lives. The Lord, also, opens our eyes, mind and the Scriptures.”
Christ’s death paved the way to life in the past, present and future
Father Andrew Smith
It is not easy to understand all that is happening in the Gospel reading for Passion (Palm) Sunday, even with the benefit of hindsight and the experience of the Church. How much harder must it have been for the disciples, who found themselves in the very middle of the proceedings?

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