"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

Tag: Holy Spirit

“The Sundays After Pentecost” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Mt 10:26-33) “The Sundays After Pentecost” PDF Version

St. John the Baptist

Born: Late 1st Century BC (Judea) Died: AD 31-36 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Proclaimed Doctor of the Church: 1720, by Pope Clement XI Feast Day: June 24 (Birth) and August 29th (Beheading) Attributes: Camel-skin robe, cross, lamb, scroll with words “Ecce Agnus Dei”, platter with own head, pouring water from hands or scallop shell   Prophecy spoken 500 years before the birth… Read More ›

The Easter Vigil for Beginners

The first Easter Vigil I ever attended was in 1986 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in College Station, Texas. That year, a dozen or so men and women entered into full communion with the Church, and thanks be to God, I was one of them. Though I’d spent nearly a year in RCIA1 – in… Read More ›

Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Born: September 8th (Traditional) at Nazareth, Galilee Assumed into Heaven: August 15th Proclaimed Theotokos / Mother of God: First Council of Ephesus in 431 Feast Day: January 1st Patronage: Humanity “If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart it would still not equal the love of the heart of Mary for her… Read More ›

Ordinary Holiness

I’ve always loved the song, Ordinary Holiness.1 Somehow, the words really speak to my heart. The refrain goes like this – maybe you know it … “Ordinary holiness, in the sacred day today. Where we live and love and labor, as we gather here to pray. Humble God of all simplicity, help ev’ry heart prepare…. Read More ›

Spiritual Direction: Training for the Soul

Have you ever wanted to get into better shape? Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of hiking the West Coast Trail or cycling the Icefields Parkway. Or maybe you just want to enjoy the improved health and psychological benefits that come with increased physical fitness. Even if you’re in reasonable shape, the bottom line is that the… Read More ›

“Why is the Holy Mass a Sacrifice?” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

In the years following the Second Vatican Council, some voices in the Church began to suggest that certain names for the Holy Mass needed to be abandoned, and at the top of the list was the venerable acclamation of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In this third of a five part series on… Read More ›

An open letter to those who have left the Catholic Church…

I read on Facebook recently that a friend of a friend had left the Catholic Church. Now, I don’t even really know the guy, so I can’t say I understand his situation, but it made me sad that anyone – especially a young person – would have come to such a decision. I realize that… Read More ›

7 Sneaky Ways to Evangelize

If there’s one word that strikes fear into the hearts of Catholics, it’s this: evangelization. And if not “fear,” it’s at least good for a little eye rolling. For the idea of knocking on doors, handing out pamphlets, and discussing our faith with total strangers is both intimidating and unappealing to most of us –… Read More ›

The Easter Vigil for Beginners

The first Easter Vigil I ever attended was in 1986 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in College Station, Texas. That year, a dozen or so men and women entered into full communion with the Church, and thanks be to God, I was one of them. Though I’d spent nearly a year in RCIA1 – in… Read More ›