Browsing Apologetics

Arguing about Religion Can Be a Good Thing

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/11/19

You may have heard it said that in the history of the human race, religion has been the cause of war more than anything else. Honestly, I do not believe that. As an amateur student of world history, I think land has been the biggest reason for war between peoples.

Whatever the biggest reason has been, I think we all can agree that religion has been a major cause of conflict, both on an international level and a very personal level. I would guess that every person reading this column has at one point or another been in conflict with another over religion. It happens, and it happens a ... Read More »

Rediscovering a ‘Beautiful, Ancient Prayer’ On Oct. 7: The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/07/19

October is the month of the rosary, but there is good reason to focus on the rosary in the month of April as well.

 The last day of April is the feast day of St. Pius V, A Dominican pope who was very much devoted to the rosary and ... Read More »

Exploring the little known other side of St. Francis

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/04/19

October includes the feast day of one of the most popular saints in the history of the Catholic Church, St. Giovanni di Bernardone. This super popular saint is better known by his nickname, Francis, and his feast day is Oct. 4, which happens to be the day after the ... Read More »

St. Januarius’ Blood—A Miracle, or What?

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 9/19/19

The month of September contains the feast day of a saint that is associated with one of the strangest occurrences in all of Catholicism, and the crazy thing is that the event happens with great regularity.

September 19 is the feast day of an obscure, yet celebrated saint by ... Read More »

St. Robert Bellarmine and Galileo

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 9/17/19

On Sept. 17, the Catholic Church honors the memory of one of its intellectual giants, who also happens to be a saint. St. Robert Bellarmine, who died in 1621, was a great teacher, churchman and cardinal. But from the secular side of things he has a bit of controversy, because ... Read More »

God Manifests Himself in the Office of Pope

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 9/06/19

Catholicism is the only religion that has a pope. Since the papacy is the subject of this web site, understanding why we have a pope is a great question.

First, we have to look at scripture. The most important passage is in Matthew 16. Jesus asks the apostles who ... Read More »

If You Are a Crank or Grump, Read This

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 8/09/19

Both the Old and New Testament make it pretty clear that we are to love our neighbor, but nowhere in the Bible does it say that we have to like everyone. We are to love everyone, because every person is created in the image of God, but it is ... Read More »

Bringing Back Catholic Traditions

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 7/31/19

I very much enjoy reading.  Almost every night before bed I read for an hour or so, usually books on church history or some other aspect of the Catholic faith.  From time to time a book or a part of a book really impacts me, and this happened just ... Read More »

The Truth About Angels, God’s Messengers

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 7/18/19

The second reading at Mass today provided the framework for the Curator’s homily, which turned out to be an inspiring commentary on the 9 Choirs of Angels. Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 2 Col 1:15-20 Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. ... Read More »

With St. James, Tradition Bumps into Political Correctness

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 7/12/19

As significant the Twelve Apostles are to the Christian faith, we know so little about them. Even the book in the Bible known as the Acts of the Apostles is a misnomer, because it’s really only about one of the original Twelve (Peter) and the late-comer Paul.

What we ... Read More »