Are you weary of snow, slush, and black ice? Are you tired of putting
on layers of clothing to protect against the cold? Take heart! Spring
is March 20—only a few weeks away. Then it will be time for spring
cleaning, when we move the sofa and wash the windows. We are quickly
approaching Lent, which is called the springtime of the soul. It’s a
time to do some serious spiritual cleaning.The undertaking will
not be difficult because we have a willing partner. The Gospel recounts
that once a leper said to Jesus, “If you wish, you can make me clean,”
and he heard, “I do wish it.” And at Jesus’ touch, the man’s body marred
with ugly sores became as good as new. We too can appeal to Jesus to
help renew us, and we can be confident that he will respond eagerly. 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....