Image by Günther Simmermacher from Pixabay In recent years I've noticed an incredible rise in the attacks on Pope Francis when observing social media platforms. The Pontiff is not the only Pope who has been criticized and certainly will not be the last. This new fresh criticism is more notable only because of the rise … Continue reading Is It OK To Criticize Pope Francis?
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I had a phone call recently from someone asking me to get involved in the business of photography. When I displayed a lack of interest there was a lot of irritation on their behalf. They couldn't understand what they saw as a good photographer with a lot of potential would reject the … Continue reading Be Concerned Only With Things And People Who Help Save Your Soul
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay It is no easy task to be a Christian in a world of wickedness especially when we are focused on ridding the evil within us. Trying to practice Christianity while being surrounded by wicked people, can feel like a fat person losing weight surrounded by mountains of chocolate cake. Have … Continue reading St.John Chrysostom Teaches Us To Thank God For Wicked People
A still from the Popular Exorcist movie filmed in 1973 Exorcists have been on the decline lately, and the Church is lamenting the growing shortage of priests available to train for it. It is and will always remain to be a very important part of the Churches ministry. Exorcism has its benefits on lay people … Continue reading Focusing On Exorcisms Not Good For Mental And Spiritual Health
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw91J2Y2_Wk&t=12s In his latest Youtube video, Michael Voris attacked Bishop Barron, making a number of arguments which I respectfully responded to in a comment which he or a member of his team deleted. The irony here is that he is critical of the Bishop for inviting in lame Catholic journalists who already agree with his … Continue reading Michael Voris Attacks Bishop Barron Deleting Comments Opposing His Argument
My kids took this rather funny photo of me today. They wanted to play "Knights and Kings" and they all agreed I should be king. They bought me a kings crown from the local toy store and took this photo of me with my Mr.Perfect mug. As we all laughed at the photo it nevertheless … Continue reading What It Means To Live Like A King
West Face Of The High Cross http://www.stephenbernard.org It is only a short drive from my home yet remains one of the biggest tourist attractions all year round. This is only one of the numerous well preserved 1100 year old High Crosses found in Ireland today. It was erected on the site of a monastery that … Continue reading 10th century High Crosses Of Monasterboice explained.
whoever loses their life for me will find itMatthew:16:25 The Church often uses this quote when referring to those who were martyred for the faith. While they do that legitimately, there is another way you can lose your life without ever shedding a drop of blood. How do many martyrs willingly give up their bodily … Continue reading What It Really Means To Lose Your Life For Christ
Source: Public domain In the last 4 weeks I have consumed so much written and audible material on the Crusades. Not only have I read modern historians one the subject but have so far read three primary accounts. I've roughly read 3-4000 pages of work. I feel like I'm at least somewhat qualified to throw … Continue reading The Problem With Church Sanctioned Violence
Source: Public Domain In the Gospel of Matthew We read about the miracle of the 5 loaves and two fishes: And when he had commanded the multitudes to sit down upon the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves … Continue reading Christians Who Come Only For The Bread