Browsing Apologetics

Meditating on the Details of the Passion during Holy Week

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 4/06/20

In April, we tend to think of Easter, but before we get there we of course have to go through Holy Week and the Passion of Christ. For this column I want to explore some of the lesser known facts of Christ’s passion, as portrayed in the four Gospels. ... Read More »

Nothing Is Trivial When It Comes to Scripture

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 3/10/20

My favorite place in the world to visit is Rome, Italy. Anyone who knows me even a little knows that much about me. I love Rome.

The problem is, so do countless others. It does not matter what time of the year you may travel to the Eternal City, ... Read More »

Ashes, Of Course, but There’s More to Get from Lent

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 2/26/20

Years ago one of my seminary professors cited a study listing the most well attended Masses of the year. The first two were obvious — Christmas and Easter — but the third and fourth most attended Masses were a bit of a surprise to me at the time. They ... Read More »

Full of Grace

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 12/05/19

The Immaculate Conception: An Ancient Belief

Guess who has appeared on the U.S. stamps more than any other person: The Blessed Virgin Mary.  Yep, you read right. Mary has appeared on the stamp more than any president, founding father or entertainer.

The reason, of course, is all the religious-themed ... Read More »

On the First Sunday of Advent: A Message from Your Pastor

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 12/05/19

Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King: the last Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is one of my favorite liturgical feasts because it was established by one of my favorite popes, Pius XI (1922-1939) and because it was written to stave off a growing secularism in society.

And there is no better example of that growing secularism than the crazy commercialism of Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus the Messiah in Christmas, and yet nearly every mention of Him is done away with. It’s like celebrating your child’s or friend’s birthday and telling them about how great the party is going to be but then asking them not to come. It is ... Read More »

Reestablishing Christ’s Reign in Our Lives

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/22/19

The month of November happens to contain one of my favorite feast days.  Since 1925 the last Sunday of ordinary time has been dedicated to Christ the King.  It’s one of my favorites because it was established by one of the most underrated popes in recent history, Pius XI (1922-1939).

Pius established the feast in his encyclical letter, “Quas Primas,” which was written to address a growing secularism in the first part of the 20th century.  We would do well to read the writings of this pope, who reigned between the two world wars, to see how he was a prophet for the world at the beginning of the 21st century.  In fact I would say as a certified “popeaholic” he is certainly in my top ten popes of all ... Read More »

Some Catholic Traditions Come from Apocryphal Books

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/21/19

On November 21, the church celebrates the liturgical feast called the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast commemorates the event of Mary at the age of 3 being brought to the Temple in Jerusalem and left there to be raised by holy women. It is a feast ... Read More »

Learn from St. Hubert: Don’t Skip Church to go Hunting

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/13/19

If you are an outdoorsman, November is the most wonderful time of the year!  Hunting is in the air, and although hunting is an interest of both sexes, I certainly see more wives alone at Mass during this time than I see husbands.  Often, women will refer to themselves ... Read More »

If Your Adult Children No Longer Practice the Faith, It’s Probably not Your Fault

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 11/05/19

In any profession, or even anything we do, there are routines, things that come up so often that you don’t have to give it a lot of thought. Routines by their nature are repetitive and so often seemed diminished in importance.

My life as a pastor has lots of ... Read More »

Halloween a Mix of Religious, Secular Traditions

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/28/19

I love Johnny Cash. My parishioners know it, and certainly the kids know it, since my “Ring of Fire” ring tone goes off occasionally while I am visiting their classrooms.

I have always loved Johnny Cash, even when I was really young. I saw him in concert for the ... Read More »