One of my favorite features in Reader's Digest is "Secrets Your [insert service provider] Won't Tell You." Whether the service provider is your waiter, plumber, landscape architect, human resource manager, Little League coach, veterinarian, or congressman, this feature offers sometimes helpful, sometimes outrageous glimpses into their jobs. You can learn a lot about how to approach these people in the most effective ways to get the services you either need or desire. Why do they...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
“Have you been born again, my friend?” Thousands of Catholics have been asked this question by well-meaning Fundamentalists or Evangelicals. Of course, by “born again” the Protestant usually means: “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior through the recitation of ‘the sinner’s prayer?”” How is a Catholic to respond?
The simple Catholic response is: “Yes, I have been born again—when I was baptized.” In...
It is a little-known fact that there are actually two categories or types of stigmata: visible and invisible.
Visible stigmata refer to the spontaneous wound marks that appear on a person’s body that correspond to the wounds Christ bore during his Passion—such as the hands, feet, side, brow, and back. Reported cases of stigmata take various forms. Visible stigmatics might bear some or all of these marks. Others only experience the suffering without any...
(Roman News Network)—Six months into his public ministry, Jesus of Nazareth sent shock waves through the Jewish community with the publication of his recent remarks about the morality of adultery. In a wide-ranging article published in a local Judean newspaper last week, Jesus described how he chose not to endorse the traditional punishment for adultery but instead told the adulteress, “I do not condemn you.”
The interview also revealed how some of the Messiah’s conservative followers...
Reza Aslan is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and the author of the much-talked-about new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His latest piece in the Washington Post is titled Five Myths About Jesus.
Aslan’s assertions are nothing new in the world of Catholic apologetics, and...