March 17, 2013

In a previous post, I talked about the problem of how a saint in heaven could hear the prayers of multiple people praying to him at the same time. In his book, Answers to Catholic Claims, A Discussion of Biblical Authority, James White attempts to make that discussion a moot point when he says there shouldn’t be any of this praying to dead folks to begin with:

The Bible...

March 15, 2013

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a pushover for products that have the word "miracle" on the label. I can’t tell you how many miracle cleansers, sealants, detergents, or garden plant foods I’ve bought over the years, each promising to do something exceptional. Some come close to living up to their claims, others not so much. While I don’t buy every product with a promise, I still read the label and wonder if it could be true.

I also like formulas or strategies that are ‘proven...

March 15, 2013

The Catholic Answers staff was gathered in the small office library, lights dimmed, EWTN feed from St. Peter’s Square projected onto the blank wall. We did our best to break up the nervous wait with jokes and chatter, and with last-minute predictions and side bets. Then, finally, the balcony curtains opened and we all cheered as Cardinal Tauran stepped out to confirm what the smoke and bells had already announced: We had a pope.

Then a hush. We strained through our meager Latin to...

March 15, 2013

Nothing’s better than when an enemy begrudgingly admits that while he hates your cause, he admires the character of those who represent it.  In the first centuries of the Church, persecution was the norm and bloody campaigns led by Roman emperors such as Nero or Domitian sent many Christians to painful deaths.

I really enjoy reading early Christian history because it always challenges me to be holy in the face of obstacles to our faith. Even the enemies of the early church couldn’t...

March 14, 2013

If you're like me, one of the first things you did after hearing the news of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio being elected pope was start scouring the internet for any of his writings in English.

Below is his Lentern letter for this year: 

And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. (Joel 2:13)

Little by little we become accustomed to...