Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Follow-up on Charlie Johnston by Kevin J. Symonds, M.A

In October of 2015, an article of my composition was published regarding the claims of Mr. Charlie Johnston to be receiving private revelations. Johnston, who has domicile in the Archdiocese of Denver, has since continued to publish various materials on his blog The Next Right Step and has even issued a response to me. These and other developments have offered a compelling argument for me to continue the discussion on Johnston’s claims.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Miraculous Healing

Fr. Basil Atwell
An incurable eye disease intruded on 16-year-old Johnny Atwell’s life almost overnight.  In October of 1974, the Glendive, Montana teen faced inevitable blindness. Johnny did not plead with God for a cure, however. Instead, he demanded one. God seemed not to be listening, but then something amazing happened.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Trump’s Campaign Manager’s Anti-Catholic Tweet Surfaces

The past can haunt.  In the case of Katrina Pierson, spokeswoman for Donald Trump, social media can bite back 5 years later. That is when she made her anti-Catholic tweet: “Just saw a commercial from Catholic Church stating that Catholic Church was started by Jesus. I bet they believe that too. #sad”

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Epic Wait During Winter Storm

Fr. Thomas Grafsgaard of Dickinson (L) concelebrates Mass
On the Pennsylvania Turnpike, stranded behind miles of traffic, the students, teachers, and chaperone’s from the Bismarck diocese’s Catholic schools did what Catholics do when they get stranded in historical blizzards—pray. And in this case, while stuck in the eye of Winter Storm Jonas, they also sang Irish songs and attended Mass around a snow altar.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Treading into the Devils Domain

It’s not always for the faint of heart or spiritually unprotected, but there are opportunities to venture into the devil’s domain, praying (even if silently) and reaching out to the unsuspecting victims frequenting his lair.  Shouting out warnings or pushing Christianity on the uninterested has a high failure rate, but extending love and friendship has many successes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Responding to a Concerned Protestant on Purgatory

 I recently had a comment under an old blog article on releasing souls from Purgatory. Here is an excerpt: 
“The word purgatory isn't even in Scripture. We need to abide by God's Word and not live by man-made ideas. We know there are two options after death…. I am not Catholic and although there are many things about the Catholic faith that I greatly admire, there are others that greatly concern me. This is one of them. We must never develop our own ideas as truth. I can't imagine where this Catholic teaching comes from. It concerns me greatly.”

Monday, November 30, 2015

Is ISIS a Spiritual Consequence of Abortion?

Killing began long before terrorism and abortion, so it’s easy to separate the two as having nothing to do with one another.  But in conversation,  if you link abortion to the rise in terrorism, most pro-life Christians will nod and say: Of course. 
Associating terrorism with abortion is not something done in polite company, or at least not in politically correct company.  It invites a religious wacko label. I will risk the disparaging label to say that I believe that the legalization of abortion around the world has created fertile ground in which ISIS and all terrorism has thrived. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

An Apology to The Blessed Mother

Nellie Edward/ PaintedFaith
Dear Blessed Mother,
I owe you a long overdue apology. Recently, in adoration, while contemplating the suffering and death of Jesus, I glanced upon an image of you. I thought of you watching the torture and death of your Son. I realized that it was thoughtless of me to never have told you that I am sorry for my part in his passion and crucifixion.  My sins, added to the sins of the world caused his suffering. That means that my sins also caused your suffering.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Does Ben Carson's Religion Matter?

 Dr. Ben Carson seems like a nice guy.  A lot of other people think so too because he is high in the polls in the Republican presidential race.  As a result, Carson’s Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) faith is a curiosity now.  Will it work for him or against him?  As Catholics learn more about it, it’s making many nervous.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Release Souls with This Devotion

Around 15 years ago, I discovered that we can wield unimaginable power for the souls in purgatory.  During the week of All Souls Day, from November 1-8, a soul can be released from purgatory by us on every one of those days.  That is no small thing.