A few days ago, the church celebrated St. Justin Martyr, an early second-century convert to the Christian faith. Before his conversion, Justin jumped from philosophy to philosophy, ultimately sticking to Platonism—until he met a mysterious old man who moved him in the direction of Jesus Christ. Born in Palestine, Justin eventually found himself in Rome,… Continue reading The witness of Justin Martyr
On Facebook, I often share articles related to Pope Francis. If anyone keeps track, they’d probably recognize papal posts more consistently than anything else I share. Oh look, another Pope post from Patric. So what’s the big deal? Why do I care about what’s up with the Pope? As most know, the Pope is the… Continue reading Primer on the Pope
Confession can be intimidating, and for an overly shy and self-conscious guy like myself, that’s definitely true. After all, the sacrament involves, well, confessing one’s faults—even the most secret and embarrassing ones. The thought of another person knowing my most shameful flaws is distressing enough. But my own priest?! What will he think of me? Talk about humiliation! Confession sure doesn’t sound too appealing.
Most of us know a bit about first-century Christianity, since we're probably familiar with the writings of the New Testament. The Acts of the Apostles and Paul's letters, for example, show a fledgling church confronting its first challenges and controversies—all the while giving us a peak at early Christian beliefs and practices. But what happened after the Apostles left the scene?
While it may be true that many traditional communities are not openly hostile to the LGBT community, one may nevertheless feel out-of-place simply for being gay or trans. Many churches simply do not offer opportunities for their LGBT individuals to flourish and offer their own gifts. In other words, many churches do not encourage their LGBT members to be, well, church. But it shouldn't be like this. All churches should welcome, appreciate, and care for LGBT persons—regardless of whether they approve of same-sex relationships or not. Here are six reasons why.
I’m just not getting anything out of it!" may be a common cry for many who find church boring. But I’m willing to bet much of this boredom stems from ignorance: We simply don’t know what church is all about! At least, that has been my experience. The fact is, the more I have learned about church, the less boring it has been. I have encountered four points in particular that have made me less bored—and even more excited—about going to church.