I think we've all seen or heard someone make a joke about "Catholic Guilt" at one point or another. This article explores what Catholic Guilt is, really. And if it's actually funny. Or, on the other hand, if it a misrepresentation of something meant for our good. What is Sin? It's important to get on … Continue reading What’s The Deal with Catholic Guilt?
Two years ago this Easter Vigil, I entered the Catholic Church. Here are 10 things I found helpful when approaching my own Confirmation. I hope they are helpful to any of you out there who will be Confirmed this year! Several of the items on this list are helpful for us all to remember, no … Continue reading 10 Tips for Those Entering The Catholic Church This Easter
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?
The Protestant Worship Experience As a Protestant, worship took on many forms. But corporate worship in the context of a church setting was typically an emotional experience. The worship leaders, of which I was one, sang sometimes with eyes closed, hands raised, voice impassioned and face exuding feeling. There was this connotation that in sincere … Continue reading Are Catholics Just Going Through The Motions?
The Default of The Catholic Church Being Wrong In my Protestant life, I held a lot of default positions that I had never given much thought. One of my main default positions was that the Catholic Church was, at least in some very important ways, wrong. I had this default because of growing up where … Continue reading 7 Misconceptions I Held About The Catholic Church Before Becoming Catholic
Note: This article originally appeared on Catholic Stand. Coffee Shop Calvinism I recently came across a group of men from the Reformed Church we left to become Catholic who were gathered at our local Starbucks. They were discussing theology, and didn’t notice I was sitting next to them for several minutes while they talked about … Continue reading Is Anyone Sola Scriptura? (Catholic Stand)
500 Years 500 years ago some crazy business went down in the world of Christianity. And this Halloween, the 500th anniversary of that business, which we refer to as the Protestant Reformation, will be celebrated by some and mourned by others. As someone who, just a year and a half ago, crossed the Tiber to … Continue reading A New Catholic Reflects on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The Original Problem I used to have a problem with ornate churches. I used to think the money would have been better spent elsewhere. I verged, at times, on offended. Then, I realized, I've worshipped in very expensive buildings that weren't so aesthetically pleasing. Yes, Cathedrals cost a lot more than the average mega-church, but … Continue reading On Beautiful Churches
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