I like to read before I go to bed. Sometimes my little nightstand becomes a leaning tower with stacks of books piling up from my nightly reads. The book currently at the top of my stack is The Basic Book of the Eucharist by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik. This little book came to my attention while rummaging through my bookshelves trying to find something to read. I was only two...
Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
It's rather embarrassing whenever someone asks me as a convert to recount my experience in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Even though it wasn't all that long ago (1995–96), the experience was so forgettable that I remember only two incidents.
The first incident was when one of the facilitators was teaching us the...
Not long ago, Catholic Answers Press exhibited at our industry’s premiere annual event, the Catholic Marketing Network trade show. It was edifying and energizing to represent Catholic Answers among many other fine publishers and apostolates doing good work for God and his Church.
For an observer unused to moving in Catholic circles, I think it would have been an eye-opener to walk the floor and take stock of the attendees: their palpable modesty and goodness, their sense of mission,...
A man—I'll call him Robert—wrote to me recently telling me a horror story about his ex-wife. To say she acted uncharitably during and after their separation and divorce would be an understatement. Of course, I am only hearing one side of the story, but his question boiled down to this: “Am I required to forgive her, even though she is not sorry for anything she has done, and then to forget about what she has done because God 'forgets' when he forgives and calls us to do the same? I must...
Some year ago, I encountered a reference to the First Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) having addressed the canon of Scripture.
For a long time, I was unable to find any confirmation of this.
The surviving materials we have from Nicaea, which include the first part of the Nicene Creed, do not deal with which books belong in the Bible.
I ended up concluding that the idea the council addressed this subject was likely a myth, but recently I ran across an indication that it may...