Do you like the popular book "Jesus Calling" in which Jesus speaks to you every day? My newest book, "Heart to Heart with Mary,"
contains Mary's words for each day of the year. She speaks as our
mother who loves and cares for us. Each entry ends with a suggestion for
continuing the conversation with Mary. My copies are due to arrive on
December 13, just in time to give as Christmas gifts. By then, the book
should appear on Amazon for $14.00. I will be selling them for $12.00
and free shipping. If you would like one or more copies, email me
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or just send a check (4237 Bluestone Rd, South
Euclid, OH 44121). In this week's blog, I give you a little taste of
this book, which was a joy to write—all 386 pages! Click to Continue
Christians are now dealing with a new obstacle to evangelism; we can no longer assume people know stories in the Bible or the basic tenets of the faith. Perhaps this dearth of spirituality in modern culture will serve to drive desperate people to the feet of Christ but more than ever seekers need basic catechism to lead them back into the arms of God and the Church.
A few decades ago, almost everyone knew the bible, even if they did not attend church because even public schools read the bible and prayed before classes started. I am a convert. As a Protestant kid who went to Sunday School from 3 years old, I grew up on the stories of Jesus, singing songs about His love and memorizing bible verses. I realize now that I was a prayerful kid; God was close to me. continue
When I learned who currently held the authority my Lord gave Simon Peter, recorded in Matthew 16:13-19, I didn't have much choice: I had to join the Catholic Church.
In a sense, I 'knew too much.'
I could either claim to follow Jesus and acknowledge the Son of God's authority, passed along in unbroken succession through the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and civilizations — or not. As Simon Peter said, it's a simple choice....