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Spiritual Attitudes

Posted by St. Joseph

Dear Friends,

Lent is upon us and the call to conversion and change is made a new. Hopefully, you attended Mass on Ash Wednesday and were reminded of the need to "return to the Lord" through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These three attitudes (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) are the ... Read More »

Obedience and Moral Absolutes

Posted by St. Joseph

Dear Friends,   “My opinion matters!” exclaimed the enlightened Catholic. “No pope in Rome is going to tell me how or when to practice my faith. He is just an opinion.” This quote is no exaggeration, and it is more common than you’d think.    First off, Faith is ... Read More »

Moral Absolutes

Posted by St. Joseph

It depends on the circumstances,” said the sophisticated Catholic. “It’s all relative. I feel it's up to me to decide.”    Dear Friends,   I concede the right to choose, but morally speaking, one cannot choose evil to do good. There are moral absolutes that always and for always ... Read More »

Contraception & the Culture of Death Part II

Posted by St. Joseph

Dear Friends,

Last week I discussed the doctrinal teachings of the Divine Law of God regarding contraception. Today I address the consequences the modern world now experiences due to an inordinate embrace of a contraceptive mentality, which has led to a culture of death. Pope Paul VI was quite ... Read More »

Contraception and the Culture of Death Part I

Posted by St. Joseph

Dear Friends,

Some may say that I’m tilting at windmills, wasting my time, because over 85% of Catholics willfully use contraception in their marriages. However, I would be delinquent in my responsibilities if I don’t teach and preach the Gospel both in and out of season. The teaching regarding ... Read More »

Why Be Catholic Part IV

Posted by St. Joseph

Dear Friends,

I’ve written over the last three weeks about how to invite others back to church. I hope these words have been practical and helpful. This last column in the series is about answering the question—why be Catholic? I give you my testimony.

* The Catholic faith is the ... Read More »

Why Be Catholic Part III

Posted by St. Joseph

Dear Friends,

Over the last two weeks, we addressed ways to invite others back to church. Today, I want to write about ways to explain the Mass to someone who has been away and may be uncertain as to why the Mass should be a value in their life.

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Why Be Catholic? Part II

Posted by St. Joseph

Last week I wrote about our need to be authentic in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  Our personal friendship with Him is a first step, a foundational necessity if others are to take us seriously when inviting them to encounter Jesus.

Practically, how do I invite others back to ... Read More »

Why Be Catholic? Part I

Posted by St. Joseph

If the surveys are true, and that 25% of Americans are considered “nones” (unaffiliated), then we have a lot of work to do.  The Precepts of the Church tell us that the 7th Precept is “everyone is a missionary”.  This means we all have the shared responsibility of presenting ... Read More »

Happy New Year

Posted by St. Joseph

A new year is upon us.  Number 60 for me!  (I know, I’m a babe to some and an old man to others in this congregation.)   How will you make this different from the last?  What changes will you make to lead a better life, both spiritually and physically?  ... Read More »