Apologetics Corner


What does the Catholic Church Teach About Holy Orders?

In Defense of the Sacraments of Service—Marriage and Holy Orders On Sunday, we looked at the teaching of the Church on Christian Vocation and answered common objections to its teachings regarding marriage. Today, our focus is on Holy Orders. Common Objections Concerning Holy Orders Objection to Holy Orders #1: There is no need for priesthood. Jesus is the one mediator between […]

"St. Jerome Writing" (detail) by Caravaggio"St. Jerome Writing" (detail) by Caravaggio

Whose Bible is it, anyway?

We needn’t be bitter in defending our beliefs. Even though many fundamentalists think the Catholic Church is under the control of Satan and all or most Catholics are headed for hell, not all think that—and we shouldn’t think the same of them. However narrow-minded their faith often is, it’s also usually genuine, both in personal sincerity and in basic Christian […]

The Miraculous MedalThe Miraculous Medal

Mary’s Love Note to Me: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

It started out as a series of love notes.  He worked in the back of the John Deere dealership, as a mechanic, and I was at the parts counter.  Every morning, I would leave a little note stuck in his toolbox. After a few months of this, I missed a day.  Maybe I was tired that morning, maybe I didn’t […]

Marriage: The Union of One Woman and One ManMarriage: The Union of One Woman and One Man

The Essential Nature of Marriage

In Defense of the Sacraments of Service—Marriage and Holy Orders Our Vocation In His infinite love and goodness, God created man and woman in freedom to know, love and serve Him in this life and to spend all eternity with Him in the life to come. This call to holiness is our vocation and dignity. “Man is by nature and […]

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Perugino"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Perugino

Why We Need the Sacraments

Four elements stand out in the traditional Catholic doctrine of what a sacrament is. Fundamentalism is suspicious of all four. A sacrament is “a sign that effects what it signifies, instituted by Christ to give grace.” 1. Sacraments are signs and symbols. Fundamentalism is temperamentally wary of symbolism. It has a plain, “no-nonsense” mentality. Symbols are too poetic for its […]

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

Seven Ways Devotion to Saints makes a Difference

One good way of understanding my belief is to ask: What differences does it make? Devotion to saints makes at least seven important differences to Catholics. In each case, fundamentalists find Catholicism too mystical for their tastes. First, saints make a difference to our prayer. We’re not alone when we pray. We’re surrounded by saints. If there was any one […]

"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior

Mary, the Most Flexible Woman I Know

I’m not known for my flexibility.  It’s not just that I’m neither athletic nor interested in becoming more so.  It’s that I want my world situated into a planner, complete with alphabetized lists and prioritized to-dos. It’s not that I don’t like surprises, as long as they come when I’ve planned for them (like at Christmas).  It’s not that I […]

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Mary and the Saints are Powerful Intercessors

Today is the Solemnity of All Saints, a celebration of those who have died and attained Heaven. We will remember those who are undergoing purgation tomorrow on All Souls Day. In yesterday’s featured article by Dr. Marcellino D’ambrosia, we looked at All Saints Day and that God desires all of us to become saints. Today, I would like to look […]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Three Powerful Lessons from the Blessed Mother

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.   For quite some time, I have had a desire to write about my ever growing appreciation and […]

Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) in Cassiopeia constellationBubble Nebula (NGC 7635) in Cassiopeia constellation

A Sky Filled with Saints

“There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky!” The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up […]