Mike grew up in a sicilian ghetto in which it was expected that everyone was Catholic. With the upheaval of the ’60′s, when he was in the 6th grade, Catholic education seemed to become devoid of content. He began to think that Christianity was irrelevant and something not to be taken seriously. In college, he fell […]
Email from Fred: I have friend who believes in reincarnation. He says that resurrection is just a Christian word for reincarnation. Is this true? I always thought resurrection was different from reincarnation. —First, these distinctly different understandings of what happens to our bodies and lives after death, yet indicates the common seed of truth within […]
By Fr. Ray Ryland I recently received an e-mail in which the author spoke about the issue of justification and salvation. He said he understands Catholic doctrine, but has some difficulty in accepting it on an emotional level. “In Protestant theology,” he wrote, “or at least that of evangelical Protestants, the conversion experience of accepting […]
Fr. Tyson grew up in a Lutheran family on Luther’s Small Catechism. As a teenager, he began to question such Protestant pillars as “sola Scriptura” and the equating of concupiscence with personal sin. He thought to himself, if we can’t cooperate with God, because of total depravity, what it the purpose of living a moral […]
We’ve reached the end of our liturgical celebration and reflection on the resurrection and ascension of Christ our Lord, and now we celebration the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This gift of the Spirit was a fulfillment of the promise of Christ, to guide and power His Church, but like the ascension, the […]
Cliff was raised in the Christian Reformed faith. After attending Calvin College and Seminary, he was ordained a minister of that denomination. He was a minister for 42 years. He describes how a deep hunger for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist led him and his wife Home to the Catholic Church.
This is the weekend in which we celebrate the Ascension of our resurrected Lord to the right of the Father. There are many themes we could discuss concerning the meaning of the Ascension, but the Ascension means nothing apart from the resurrection. During these weeks between Easter Sunday and Pentecost, we are called to reflect […]
Andy was reared by two wonderful godly Christian Protestants. They raised his brother and him in a Methodist congregation until he was about 8. Then they joined a Southern Baptist congregation. Andy began his walk with Christ as a Baptist as a 10-year-old. At 17, he committed myself to full-time Christian service. His passions for education, formation, […]
Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D., is a former minister of the Episcopal Church. In 1963 he was received with his wife, Ruth, and their five children into the Catholic Church. Twenty years later, he was ordained to the priesthood of the Catholic Church, with a dispensation from the rule of celibacy. Currently, he serves as chaplain for Catholics United for the Faith and on the boards of both that apostolate and The Coming Home Network. He is also a regular columnist for The Catholic Answer Magazine, and he serves as an assistant at St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville, Ohio.
Collin was brought in the Baptist church in Arkansas. As a young boy he loved music. Under the name Bubba Wray, he recorded as one-fourth of the country band The Wrays between 1983 and 1987. Throughout all this he continued to have a deep faith in Jesus Christ. As a young adult, he was surprised to notice […]