Apologetics Corner

Apologetics gives reason for our hope in Christ Jesus.

“Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)

By word and example we proclaim Christ Jesus. We are to manifest a joy to the world, even in the midst of suffering.

When we live as Christ taught we are joyful. This is a beautiful life that attracts others.

Apologetics is not principally entering into and winning debates. Rather it is answering people’s questions about why we are joyful through the use of both faith and reason.

That being said, we need to know both the history and doctrine of the Catholic Church and be able to demonstrate its foundation in God’s word.

Stephen Hawking: Great Scientist, Lousy Theologian

Photography Courtesy of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein. It is only right that his remains have been interred alongside those of Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey. He was, furthermore, a person of tremendous courage and perseverance, accomplishing groundbreaking work despite a decades-long struggle with the debilitating effects of Lou Gehrig’s disease. And by […]

Seven Ways Devotion to Saints makes a Difference

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

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 […]

In Defense of Holy Marriage

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 and invitation to the end for which we are made is our vocation and dignity as human persons. “Man is […]

Seven Aspects of Mary’s Sanctity

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Now, except on the one issue of “praying to” saints, most of the differences between us [Catholics and Fundamentalists] are matters of emphasis or sensibility rather than doctrine. But when it comes to Mary, the greatest saint, doctrine sharply divides. Fundamentalists call Mariology “Mariolatry.” Passions run higher on this than on any other issue. Yet here too there’s a difference […]

Do You Keep the Great Commandment?

"The Pharisees Question Jesus" by James Tissot

Have you ever felt like you have arrived in the middle of a conversation? That’s how you should feel after hearing today’s passage from Mark’s Gospel. But you might not realize it! What is the first and greatest commandment? The passage begins with the twenty-eighth verse of the twelfth chapter of Mark’s Gospel, but part of the verse was omitted. […]

The Powerful Intercession of Mary and the Saints

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Solemnity of All Saints 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 […]

Holiness and All Saints

Photography © by Andy Coan

All Saints Day, observed tomorrow—November 1, gives us the opportunity to honor the multitudes of Christians who are in heaven yet are not on either the canonized saint list or the liturgical calendar.  But it also provides us the chance to reflect on just what holiness is and who is called to sanctity. Reflection on the Mass readings for the […]

The Contradiction of “Pro-Choice but Not Pro-Abortion”

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). Our beloved Holy Father calls us to let mercy temper our conversations about publically sanctioned offenses against the fifth, sixth and ninth commandments, particularly abortion, and indeed there is great […]

Mary, Queen of All Saints

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

Do your children look like you? They tell me she looks just like me.  I smile and nod and smile some more.  To be honest, I don’t consider it much of a compliment for her. But then, when I sent some pictures to a grandmother who hadn’t seen her in far too long, I heard that she thinks my daughter […]

Saint Thérèse, Teacher and Thaumaturga

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Twenty years ago today was one of the most remarkable days of my life. It occurred during a phone call with my mother. And I would challenge those who doubt that miracles happen to provide a more plausible explanation for the series of events I’m about to relate. This article originally appeared in The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese […]