Offer It Up

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, Prayer

A recent discussion on my personal Facebook page feat my good friend Stephanie Richer (who really began the thread or conversation herself on her own page) revolved around certain people in our country and culture who label themselves “faith healers” and who have built up quite a following over the years. One well-known such “healer” has a national television program that …

A look at some interesting popes of the past

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) – From St. Peter to Pope Francis, there have been 266 popes; 80 of them are recognized as saints with the April 27 canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. The earliest popes were martyred for their faith, which the Catholic Church takes as a clear sign of holiness. Once the persecution of …

Living the Evangelical Counsels

David Oatney New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Pope Francis has been preaching quite a bit lately about the need to live in humility, even poverty, as a Church and as a community of believers in Jesus Christ. The secular news media characterizes this message in a particular way, often as a means to try and “run down” Francis’ predecessor Benedict XVI, who many in the secular world did not …