Well, we've made it to Illinois! Though the move wasn't too far, mileage speaking, it was far enough that we are having to reset many aspects of our life. In the next few weeks, we will be finding new doctors, dentists, playgrounds... pretty much everything. We keep checking things off the list, but new things … Continue reading Donuts After Mass and Other Hopeful Things
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?
A few weeks back, I hopped on an airplane and headed to Columbus, Ohio to film an episode of ETWN's The Journey Home, hosted by Marcus Grodi. I was met at the airport by Scott Scholten and his wife Barb. Scott produces and directs the show, and they also have a special B&B apartment in … Continue reading My Experience on EWTN’S The Journey Home
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
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
Many Families, Many Approaches There are as many ways to manage a family with young children at Mass as there are families that attend. Many people will have something different that works for them. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and have read several articles on what age appropriate expectations are, as well as … Continue reading How This Catholic Family Approaches Mass With Young Children
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