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.”