Archives for 2011

Baltimore Catechism: on baptism

2011.12.30 Baltimore Catechism: on baptism [Baltimore Catechism] Lesson 14 152Q. What is Baptism? A. Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from Original Sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and heirs of Heaven. “Christians,” that is, members of the Church of Christ. “Children of God,” that is, adopted children. All men are children of […]

Open year-round

In his homily the week before, our pastor commented that we will see many new faces. He also predicted some level of confusion for them with the corrected translation of the Mass. He was right on both counts, of course! I noticed some folks who were just generally confused. Maybe they were non-Catholics, visiting for Christmas (which is wonderful!). Some were probably Catholics who had not been to Mass for a long time and by God’s grace, they have returned to Him.

Merry Christmas

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such […]

Review: Jesus-Shock

I like a lot of books, but most I would not read again. Not that they are bad, but because I have already gleaned from them much of what they have to offer. Very, very few books are so good that I look forward to rereading them. Mass Appeal is one of those books. Jesus-Shock […]

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #49)

This week: The chain reaction of love. Planned Parenthood benefits when Kathleen Sebelius’ AG shreds key documents supporting 107 criminal charges. What happened to one 9.9 ounce blob of tissue. Paralyzed at 13 by an accident, cured by another 13 years later. One genuine Catholic college. A sane analysis of the Occupy Wall Street thing. […]

Elsewhere: gay and Catholic

Steve Gershom is a faithful Catholic, witty, knowledgeable and interesting. He is also gay. Well, “gay” is a bit ambiguous. He is a young man (late twenties) who is attracted to other men. We call that same sex attraction. SSA, of itself, is NOT sinful. God has created us all to live chaste lives, no […]

Baltimore Catechism: on the sacraments in general

Lesson 13 This lesson does not speak of any Sacrament in particular, but upon all the Sacraments taken together. It explains what we find in all the Sacraments. 136Q. What is a Sacrament? A. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Three things are necessary to make a Sacrament. There […]