The Suffering of Christ gives Meaning to our Lives

thLZUKTIH3
God loved us so much, that he gave us his only begotten son. He didn’t just love us theoretically, but he came and expressed that love by suffering and dying for us on a cross and then rising again from the dead. And some of you might ask, “why did he do it that way and not some easier way?” And the answer to that is, “I don’t know,” other than to say that that is the way he wanted show the full expression of his love. Continue reading

Do Animals go to Heaven?

 

th[8]
Have you ever wondered if your pet dog or cat goes to heaven when they die? That can be a hard question to answer, especially if a young child is asking the question. How do we answer someone who has lost a pet animal that they love and consider to be part of the family? Do animals go to heaven? Are animals “saved?” Continue reading

Becoming Catholic – Is RCIA the only way?

thR9M8A0R8
If someone feels led to join and become a member of the Church Jesus founded (the Catholic Church), must they always go through the process known as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)? In order to answer that question, let us first take a look at what RCIA is. Continue reading

Did God Create Evil?

thYJWFEBEC

Have you ever heard this question: “If God is all good, then why is there evil in the world?” You might have heard this question put another way, such as – “As a Christian, we believe that God created all things. We are told that He created the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. He then told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of that tree or you shall surely die. If He created this, then it must mean He created evil. So, how can a loving personal God create evil?” Continue reading

Christianity – Is it only about a Personal Relationship?

th5V5I2ZD0
God has revealed Himself to the world through His son Jesus Christ. St. Paul says, “Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth (Colossians 1:15-16).” So, once we have found the truth of who God is, then we must respond to His call. We are called to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind. And through that love for Him, we are then asked to show that love to everyone around us. But, for many Christians today, the aspect of a personal relationship with our Lord seems to be the only focus. What is the Catholic Church’s view about our relationship with Christ? Continue reading

Religion – Why do we need it?

th[6]
Have you ever been confronted with someone who thinks that we should not be seeking God through any particular religion, but that all we have to be is spiritual in our own way. They feel that every religion seeks the same God of the universe, so why be a part of a particular religion? Why label oneself a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, etc.? They would ask, why do people want to put a label on God? Why does the world worship God in a separatist way? Can’t we feel closer to God without being a part of a religion? Continue reading

Are Catholics free to become Freemasons?

thT0RFK10M
Have you ever heard of a group called Freemasonry? What got me to thinking about this group was an article I saw in our little local newspaper. It showed a picture of the local Masonic Lodge’s ceremony of installing it’s new officers for 2015. So, is it okay for a Catholic to be a part of this group? Where does the Catholic Church stand on the issue of someone being a member of the organization known as Freemasonry? Is this organization just a “social” organization/club or do they have a certain theology that comes along with it? Continue reading