New research from Pew published this month indicates the sad fact that only 26% of US Catholics under the age of 40 believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Even more troubling is this study suggests that close to 70% of Catholics across the spectrum don’t believe in the most fundamental teaching of the … More Why don’t Catholics Believe in The Real Presence?
As America celebrated its 4th of July with Trump’s salute to America, many pundits have signaled that the patriotism displayed was too over the top. Is patriotism a form of nation worship? Let’s go to one of the Doctors of the Church for this question. St. Thomas Aquinas addresses the topic of patriotism when he … More Is America a Catholic Nation?
In the Star Wars series, we witness the slow transformation of good to evil with the character of Darth Vader. Before he became a disciple of the dark side, Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker, a good-hearted Jedi and hero of the Clone Wars. While he was considered one of the most powerful Jedi in the … More The dark side’s sneak attack on kids
Of the seven Sacraments, probably the most misunderstood among Catholics is confirmation. People routinely mistake confirmation for “Catholic graduation,” or some sort of coming of age ceremony akin to a bar mitzvah. These common misconceptions of confirmation miss the mark, and, consequently, confuse people about what confirmation actually is. In order to fully understand confirmation, … More What is Confirmation?
In 1985, Coca-Cola Company changed the original formula of their prized soft-drink and came out with “new Coke.” New Coke turned out to be a total bust as consumers complained about the new taste and demanded to go back to the old recipe that everyone enjoyed. Coca-Cola acquiesced to their customers’ objections on new … More Why Latin is Making a Comeback
Lent is a gut check time. It offers us a season to embrace sacrifices that allow us to become an overall better person. But as people typically ask, why do we need to go through an unpleasant experience to become a better person? It is simple; just like an overweight person needs to go through an unpleasant workout … More How to become virtuous
Bob Dylan wrote a song called “Gotta Serve Somebody.” The song echoes the deep human need to worship something, anything. Whether people know it or not they listen to a particular authority, and, in turn, some entity has ruling influence over them. Today, we can identify this mysterious entity as the pop culture. People constantly … More Why Rome Matters
Saint Peter Claver was called to serve those in the most unbearable conditions and offer them hope. He went to the land of New Spain – Colombia helping slaves arriving on those hellish like ships. To say the slave ships were horrible conditions is an understatement. Human beings were packed into thinly tight quarters with … More What is social justice?
Thanks to technology people are becoming fascinated with understanding their family blood line. The rise of genealogy resources illuminates a deep human craving to understand our past and ask those pressing questions such as “Where did I come from?” and “Who do I belong to?” In fact, this genealogy craze has spilled over into the … More Understanding Your Family Roots
At the Orviteo Cathedral in Central Italy lies perhaps the most frightening religious painting ever constructed. The Italian renaissance painter, Luca Signorelli, painted it. The painting is called Deeds of the Antichrist. What makes it so unsettling is it depicts an eerie portrait of how the devil operates. The painting shows this human antichrist figure … More The Smoke of Satan has entered the Church