Living Catholicism

Each month, you’ll find this column in Today’s Catholic newspaper.  You’ll also find each month’s contribution here after publication, to share with your friends.  Enjoy!

Hope for Those Who Have Departed

In the March 16, 2018 edition of Today’s Catholic, I wrote about a friend of mine whose strong faith during her intense battle with cancer inspired me to name her a “Hosanna” woman; someone who chooses to praise God while experiencing first-hand what it means to suffer with Jesus. My friend died last month. She […]

Why Purgatory?

For Catholics, the liturgical year is divided up into seasons and feast days. The seasons focus on God’s plan of salvation as revealed in the life of Christ, and the feast days are celebrations of the powerful presence of God in the lives of his witnesses. We began November with All Saints Day on November […]

A Fresh Look at the Rosary

Originally printed as San Antonio Express-News “Belief” Column The Roman Catholic Feast of the Holy Rosary on Oct. 7 offers an opportunity to introduce the rosary, an iconic image to some and a religious symbol to others, to all Christians and people of prayer. While some people wear it as jewelry, the Catholic faithful see […]

Why the Cross?

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” (1 Cor 1:18). Almighty God, in his wisdom, chose the cross as the instrument of salvation for humanity, sacrificing his Son for our sins. As tragic as it is, the […]

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Renewing Our Faith and Theirs

One of the most-asked questions we receive at Pilgrim Center of Hope is, “How can I bring my loved ones back to the Catholic faith?” I myself have asked this; it is the sincere question of a concerned loved one. In these situations, we tend to seek books, articles, or succinct answers. In my zealous […]