Ornate Churches 

Chapel inside the Palace of Versailles

By Charles Johnston:

Why build ornate churches? Why did the Catholic Church spend, what would amount to millions of dollars in today’s money, to build Saint Peter’s Basilica? Why do small churches, in small towns, spend so much money on building beautiful churches, when they could easily erect a cheap, utilitarian building and donate what was “wasted” to the poor? Continue reading “Ornate Churches “

Good Friday & Meat

Why do we not eat meat on Good Friday?

By Charles Johnston:

On Good Friday Christians, and not just Catholics, around the world will abstain from eating meat. Some know why, some have an idea, and others will just do it because that’s how they were raised.

So what is the reason why we don’t eat meat, and what exactly is “meat?” Continue reading “Good Friday & Meat”

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 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)”

Question; The Holy Trinity

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Full question by Roger:

Can you please explain further about the TRINITY, its hard to understand that Catholic teaches that there is one GOD but in three person, and other religion said how can the Son be greater that the father when the father is the Godhead. and our Lord JESUS said that he doesnt know the time of his return only the Father knows. Thanks you very much.[sic] Continue reading “Question; The Holy Trinity”