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Book Review: Hostile Witness

Book Review: Hostile Witness

    This review has been a long time coming.  I’ve started reading Hostile Witness by Gary Mitchuta a while ago.  I actually had to read it twice–once on my Kindle and finally I gave up bought a paperback.  This is why I have multiple copies of the same book. This book was a treasure for me, because I love history.  I love learning about our faith through the eyes of history and seeing how events that surrounds the Bible helps the time period (and culture) make sense.  Learning about our history makes the lives of those who lived during the time of the Bible and after, come alive. Gary Mitchuta starts this book by taking us all the way back to the New Testament times, and uses historical witnesses to prove Christianity.  Instead of using testimony from people who agreed with Christianity, he pulled testimony from people who dismissed the faith, or who were against (hostile) against it. This was the part that made this book so interesting.  He starts with King Herod the Great, and takes us through history up until WWII and the National Socialist Party (Nazis).  He gives just enough information to whet your appetite about that time period, while leaving you wanting to know more about it.   Dispelling the Lies    In our day and age, we have so many people who use information incorrectly, or just choose to be willfully ignorant about history.  Mitchuta takes the common arguments such as: Jesus doesn’t exist, Crusades and Christianity evils, and of course WWII and how the Pope was on the Nazis side–and dispels them. Not only...
Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Last night while preparing dinner, I was listening to podcast. It’s the best time to drown out the noise of the kids playing in the background. It’s when they are quiet I’m worried. Anyway, I was listening to Pints with Aquinas (totally geeking out) and the episode on curiosity piqued my interest. I was curious on what Aquinas has to say about curiosity. Oh the irony! To be curious is to want to gain knowledge, which is not a bad thing. It only becomes bad for these two reasons: 1. It is an inordinate desire for learning. That is—to learn something that (Pardon my French) we have no business learning about. 2. The knowledge gain will with lead to sin or teach us how to sin.   Curiosity Killed The Cat?   I always though about the phrase, “Curiosity killed the cat,” but I never fully understand why. What do we gain from learning about the different gods that the ancient Egyptians worshiped? For a person who doesn’t study world religion and history, outside the Old Testament—the knowege is only to understand why the plagues were done as the were. However, we don’t need to know the rituals they performed while they sacrificed things to their gods. That is information we really don’t need to know. The second point was that the knowledge will teach us how to sin. So let’s talk about a popular topic (it’s really not popular), chastity. A person who was looking to avoid getting in the near occasion wouldn’t even skirt with the idea. However, a person who is curious about it, would try...
Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

One can wonder, how can I write mainly about faith and yet stay silent the crisis that’s going on in the Church—that’s it, I’m not ignoring it. There is just too much going on with the crisis in the Church that one can either lose yourself or become disheartened by what’s going on.  There is a huge scandal going on where many people are losing their faith. Since the summer, news and scandals and bad behaving Churchman have come out. It’s been one story after another. The whole end of summer turned somewhat depressing.  What was even more depressing was the silence from the Church leaders who decided to not say anything about the abuses.  They decided to “say not one word” officially, but yet use their office to call people accusers and slanders. The truth is, abuses has been covered up.  People who have done really bad things has been moved around to different parishes, and sadly, some have been promoted.  There is a link between the abuses and sexual deviance (which I will not name here).  But there is no “consensual encounters going on when you’re a priest. It just shouldn’t be happening–period. There is no consensual encounters going on when you have authority over another person and what you say will either have them progress or removed from moving forward.  I don’t like how these men tried to paint a picture that is consensual.  It’s breaking of a vow–a vow of celibacy and no matter which way you put it, it’s a break.   As married person, we take a vow as well–to forsake all others.  There is...
Sunday Week 19: Having Faith in the Lord

Sunday Week 19: Having Faith in the Lord

Tied, cranky, hungry, and exhausted—I am no stranger to these feelings. In the first reading of today’s gospel we see a prophet at the end of his rope, and just about to give up. While having faith in the Lord, he simply recognizes how weak he is in his circumstance. The weakness of man During the first reading, we’re given an image of the profit who is just exhausted. He’s walking—while hungry—and he sun is just bearing down on him. Not saying that we have physically walked through a desert, but there are times emotionally when we’ve been there. He just about had it and is just about to give up and decided to go to sleep in hope of not waking up again. This is what I know I can relate to. Sometimes the burden is just too much handle, and all seems it is for nothing. What touched me so much with this part of the reading is that it’s so human, and so vulnerable. Yet–it was a simple prayer of someone who had enough and felt that they could not do it anymore. The Strength of the Lord When the angle woke him up and told him to eat so that he can regain his strength, he did so–but then went back to sleep. An angle woke him up and was told to eat because the journey is too much for him. ,He ate everything, and that sustained him for forty days. I love this! Alone, we can do absolutely nothing. We are weak, and frail and always close to our breaking point. But when we dine on Divine food,...
Sunday Reflection: Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Sunday Reflection: Jesus Is the Bread of Life

Sunday Readings Reading EX 16:2-4, 12-15 Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 Reading Eph 4:17, 20-24 Jn 6:24-35 When the readings of the day start with Exodus and the bread of life conversation, I can’t help but just pick up and listen more. I’ve always loved this time of the year, because we are reminded that Jesus is the bread of life, but we are able to see this throughout the Gospel for the reading. There are three main things that I took away from these readings. We are not satisfied until we have the bread of life. In the first meeting we have the Israelites in the desert who were complaining to Moses about not having everything they had in Egypt. They complained of not having their fill of food, and how much better the lived when then were in Egypt. What the Israelites seem to forget was that they were slaves. In so many ways, this is so us. We may complain that our lives are boring compared to others. How so much more fun would be if I was able to do (and you fill in the blank). The only difference is, that we are no longer slaves to our passions, and we tend to romanticize the actions of those who we think are “living it up.” In life we’re always going to search for the next best thing. We’re always going to look for something that satisfies us. We will never be satisfied until we are full with Christ. Jesus always leads the way. “When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves...
Sunday Reflection: Walk Worthily in You Vocation

Sunday Reflection: Walk Worthily in You Vocation

I am currently reading this book called Sanctifying Your Daily Life.   It is a book about work, and how we can find holiness in our daily lives.  Even though it was written before my time (1946), there are so many things to take a way from it.  With the Second Reading of Sunday’s Mass, my thoughts naturally fell on vocation and what calling we have.  I think this book was perfect timing with the Mass.     Work these days has been something that we just had to do.  We know that some of us has to work outside of the houses and others work inside.  What I have noticed is that in our society, only one kind of work hold value.  When I was a working for pay kind of woman, my value was depended on how much I could bring in.  I was valuable to the company based on how much I was earring. The goal was to always increase my earnings, because (like everyone) my value and worth was wrapped in how much I was making.  Then I stopped working in 2009 to be a full-time stay at home mom, and oh boy did the mental games begin!  I felt that I didn’t have value to my family because I wasn’t bring in income.  That my role of watching and taking care of a baby (at the time) was nothing, compared to working outside of the home and generating money. Society didn’t tell me different either.  When I would come across people who found out I was a mother full-time, the question would always be, “So when are you...
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