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.

St. Therese teaches love of neighbor in ‘little way’
Edward C. Dodge
Recently, the story of Sister Cecilia Maria, a Carmelite who lived in Santa Fe, Argentina, spread through Catholic news sites and on social media.
True freedom for Catholics is centered on choosing good
Deacon Matthew Glover
Just a couple of weeks back, we as a nation celebrated our Independence Day. No doubt many of us enjoyed food, family, fun and perhaps some fireworks.
Fundamental struggle of living Christian life is ‘battle of prayer’
Father Jerome Kodell, OSB
The title of one of the articles on prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church is disarming but also refreshing, and causes many of us to nod our heads in recognition: “The Battle of Prayer.” (nos. 2725-2745)
Hope is gift from God, but it’s our choice to put it into practice
Chris Thomas
“Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father … has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope …” (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
Pfizer exercises moral conviction, as Little Sisters of the Poor aim to do
Father Jason Tyler
On May 13, the New York Times reported that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer would no longer sell certain drugs to state correction departments. Pfizer identified seven products that either have been used or are being considered for use in state execution protocols.
Persistence of mother’s love, prayers are linked to great spirituality
Paula Standridge
In the year 1302 there was a young man born in Florence, Italy, to the distinguished Corsini family. His parents had dedicated him to God before his birth, but despite this fact, the first part of his youth was spent with bad companions, vices, extravagances and immoral behavior.
'Wideness in God’s mercy' calls us to help abolish death penalty
Sister Joan Pytlik, DC
Pope Francis called for a moratorium on executions during the Year of Mercy and said the Fifth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” applies not only to the innocent but to the guilty as well, according to a Catholic News Service article.
Faith formation not just for youth; it is part of lifelong journey
Judy Hoelzeman
Our neighbor of almost 20 years died in February. For most of her life, she was a member of a small Baptist church near our house.
Our ultimate pilgrimage in life is to eternal home in heaven
Kelli Nugent
I have been blessed by the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage. Others have undertaken such trips to the Holy Land of Israel, to Italy and the Vatican, gone on Marian pilgrimages to Mexico City, Lourdes, Fatima, Knock or Kibeho.
Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphant journey to his sacrifice
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
We will have the opportunity to once again hold palm branches for the Lamb of God this Palm Sunday. But why? What’s the reason for this?