Why Christian? #4: Because we’re spirit *and* matter

Catholicism is sacramental, incarnational, and earthy: Or basically, Catholicism is consistent with human nature! If God truly created all else that exists—the entire material Universe, then surely He must deal with us accordingly. We are not angels! We are body and spirit. Think of the Incarnation, after all. You know, the central belief of Christianity:… Continue reading Why Christian? #4: Because we’re spirit *and* matter

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Justin Martyr reveals what the Early Church believed about the Sacraments

Today, June 1, the church celebrates 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, where… Continue reading Justin Martyr reveals what the Early Church believed about the Sacraments

Catholicism 101: An Overview of the Faith

The Big Picture Religions offer the “Big Picture” explanations of life: What does it all mean? Scholars of religion talk about the “numinous experience” or the “tremendous mystery” that human beings encounter. There is a spiritual plain of existence beyond the mundane — something that breaks into our world, uplifting and sanctifying it. The biblical… Continue reading Catholicism 101: An Overview of the Faith

A Protestant, Orthodox & Catholic walk into a blog…

What can a Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic Christian learn from each other? This last week was the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Obviously, there are many divisions among Christians today. But we still have so much in common, and we have much we can learn from our differences --- which are often complementary. This… Continue reading A Protestant, Orthodox & Catholic walk into a blog…

Why am I still Christian? Reason #3

3. Because Catholicism is all-embracing. “Catholic” means more than just universal. Originally coming from the Greek meaning “according to the whole,” it also suggests completeness. In addition to embracing all peoples and cultures, Catholicism encompasses endless ways of living out the one Christian faith. With a billion+ members, the Catholic Church can be found throughout… Continue reading Why am I still Christian? Reason #3

Why am I still Christian? Reason #2

Reason #2: Because Catholicism leads to human fulfillment Catholic Christianity encourages human fulfillment by bringing all people together into communion with each other and with God. The question of human fulfillment is important. In some ways it is the question. But one thing’s for sure: We all desire happiness. Our desire for happiness has no… Continue reading Why am I still Christian? Reason #2

5 Myths on what Christians mean by Salvation

Salvation is a central theme in Christianity. You can't really think of Jesus without also thinking of salvation: the angels announce him as the "Savior" born in Bethlehem; John the Baptist identifies him as the "Lamb of God" who takes away the sins of the world; St. John proclaims him to be God's only Son… Continue reading 5 Myths on what Christians mean by Salvation