From A Church to The Church: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part 4)

June 30, 2015 | no responses

By Dr. Kenneth J. Howell Conversion to Catholicism often involves tough choices and a transformation in a person’s thinking. This is nowhere more evident than in one’s thinking about the Church. Even many lifelong Catholics have difficulty thinking about the Church properly, much less thinking with the Church. One reason is that they have adopted […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 8: Women Have a Role in the Church

May 27, 2015 | 2 responses

One of the things I love about the Catholic Church is that she is a loving mother, always nurturing her children.  I am quite active in the Church, working on my Master’s in Ministry for the Laity.  What will this allow me to do?  Many things: pastoral associate/minister, college/high school chaplain, hospital/prison chaplain (with additional […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 7: The Bible is Catholic

May 19, 2015 | 3 responses

by Cynthia Trainque Try explaining to our Fundamentalist brethren about almost any tenet of the Catholic faith and you’re likely to hear in response, “Chapter and verse, please”.  In other words, of course, they want to know exactly where that teaching is found in the Bible because they adhere to what is spelled out and therefore only […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 6: Our Life in the Sacraments

May 12, 2015 | no responses

by Cynthia Trainque Last week we looked at five of the seven sacraments of the Church.  This week I shall explain about the two great sacraments of ministry:  Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. Holy Orders are the second level of the three ordained functions within the ministry of Jesus Christ. The first level is ordination to […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 5: The Great Gift of the Sacraments

May 5, 2015 | no responses

by Cynthia Trainque Seven sacraments—seven great gifts of love from God to his Holy Church.  Anyone aged 50 and over can easily recall from their Baltimore Catechism: “A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace”. Within the Christian family of believers only Roman Catholics and the various Eastern Orthodox churches have seven […]

A Sacramental Worldview: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part 3)

May 5, 2015 | no responses

By Dr. Kenneth J. Howell There’s no denying it. The sacraments are the heart and soul of the Catholic Faith, so much so that when people speak of returning to the Catholic Church after being away for a long time, they often phrase it in terms of returning to the sacraments. The sacraments are God’s […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 4: Why We Love the Saints

April 29, 2015 | no responses

by Cynthia Trainque Having the family background that I do (I am the only one in my family of origin that is still Catholic—everyone else now worships at the local Assembly of God) I have been asked, “Why do Catholics pray to and worship saints?” I have been told that it is idolatry and it takes away […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 3: Why We Love Mary

April 21, 2015 | no responses

by Cynthia Trainque “Mary, Mary, quite contrary” is what some could call the one who is so misunderstood in her various titles: Mother of God; the Immaculate Conception, Mary Ever-Virgin and others.  Far from worshipping Mary the Church highly venerates Mary as the fairest among creatures. Let’s unpack these and see where it is that Mary […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 2: Things To Love About the Mass

April 15, 2015 | no responses

by Cynthia Trainque The Mass—from the Latin, Missa; in Greek, Leitourgos, meaning “the work of the people”.  It is the most sacred and solemn action whereby heaven and earth meet.  It is the place where Catholics find their weekly (even daily) sustenance before heading out anew to live and proclaim the Good News of Jesus […]

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 1: The Role of the Bishop in the Church

April 7, 2015 | one response

by Cynthia Trainque For the past 38 years—since I received the Sacrament of Confirmation (or there abouts)—I am the only one in my family of origin who is still Roman Catholic. My parents ditched the faith in favor of the local Assembly of God where they have worshipped and held membership for umpteen years.  Prior […]

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