They're so Short! Something that was always strange to me as a Protestant attending Mass was how short Catholic sermons are. Well, technically we call what happens when the Priest speaks after the gospel reading a homily, but homily isn't a word seen too often outside the Catholic realm. The priests seemed to have varying degrees … Continue reading Why Are Catholic Sermons So Short?
I used to get quite squeamish when sitting in Mass with JP's family, especially when one of the readings would come from one of the books in the Old Testament that wasn't in the Protestant Bible. The Books of Wisdom, Sirach, and others were foreign to me. I was uncomfortable because I was convinced those … Continue reading Do Catholics Have A Different Bible?
When JP and I were dating, I would often come across his German Grandmother, Oma, at their large Savaryn family gatherings. She knew I wasn't Catholic. And, on more than one occasion she tried to get me to understand the Catholic faith by telling me that Jesus told Peter "On this rock I build my church," … Continue reading How Rocks and Keys Helped Me Understand the Pope
One of the big concerns I had as a non-Catholic was that Catholics don't believe in Sola Scriptura, or Bible Alone theology. Catholics accept the Authority of the Catholic Church on interpretation of the Bible, and to discern other Truths important to the faith though Tradition and the Magisterium. I now view the Authority of … Continue reading Why I Accept the Authority of the Catholic Church
"What'cha giving up for Lent?" A common question, always interesting to find out the answer. There's been a big push in recent times to help people understand that, during Lent, we don't just 'give up' things for no good reason. The point is to do something, whether it be letting go of something or picking something … Continue reading Catholics And The Bible: My Own Lenten Journey