Saint Patrick’s Day

By Charles Johnston: Who are we celebrating this Saint Patrick’s day?


By Charles Johnston:

St Patrick is one of the most popular and well know saints, at least in the United States. His feast day is celebrated in almost every city in America, with parades, dinners, and drunken festivities. He’s celebrated by not only the Irish diaspora, and not only by Catholics, but by just about every group (in varying ways and levels of enthusiasm) across the racial and religious spectrum. Continue reading “Saint Patrick’s Day”

Ash Wednesday 

A brief reflection on the readings from Ash Wednesday, by Charles Johnston


By Charles Johnston:

Ash Wednesday may be behind us but the readings from that day should be remembered and reflected upon, and not just during Lent. The themes of internal conversion and avoidance of hypocrisy are for every day.

It’s always striking to hear the scripture readings on Ash Wednesday. On a day that we place a visible sign of our faith, directly on our faces, we are told by Jesus not to do such a thing. How does this line up with our actions? Continue reading “Ash Wednesday “

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent

By Charles Johnston: 

Ash Wednesday is fast approaching, and with it the very Catholic anxiety about what we are “giving up for Lent.” Many of us focus so much on what we give up – a practice not made mandatory by the Church – that we neglect the three pillars of Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Continue reading “Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent”

The Story of Salvation; Joshua (part 2)

By Charles Johnston:

In my previous post (The Story of Salvation; Joshua part 1) we looked at Joshua’s life leading up until he arrived at Jericho. It is in Jericho that Joshua would gain his ultimate victory. If you ask any Christian, or Jew, what Joshua is known for they would most likely say  it’s for conquering Jericho. Although he had an eventful life up until this point, and had won some impressive victories, I’d have to agree, because Jericho wasn’t just another military victory. When the walls came down it was through a very unlikely means, and that ensured that all Israel knew who to thank for the victory. (Hint, it wasn’t Joshua) Continue reading “The Story of Salvation; Joshua (part 2)”

The Story of Salvation; Joshua (part 1)


By Charles Johnston:

In an earlier post in this series (Intel Report ) I wrote about Joshua as a supporting character, now is his time to step up to the main stage.

Throughout the children of Israel’s time wandering the desert, Joshua was Moses’ lieutenant and the commander of his army (as can be seen in Exodus chapters 17, 24, 32, 33, just for example in one book).  Continue reading “The Story of Salvation; Joshua (part 1)”