Pivotal Christmas Characters Podcast

The Magi and Saint Nicholas, they are two of the most recognizable characters of the Christmas season. What is their stories, and what can we learn from these famous men?

This episode of Christian Circle podcast covers their backstory, their legend, and what we can do to make Jesus the focus of our Christmas celebrations. Continue reading “Pivotal Christmas Characters Podcast”

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

By Charles Johnston:

I love Christmas music, but I don’t love modern Christmas music. I don’t have anything against secular Christmas songs like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer or Santa Claus is coming to town but they are far from being my favorites. Their biggest drawback being that they are about Christmas without Christ.

Continue reading “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Question; What About The Priest Scandal?

Full question by Anonymous:

Why haven’t you addressed the epidemic of pedophilia inside the Catholic Church? Including the cover up at the highest levels. Many priests are pedophiles, how can you be a member of such an organization?

Answer:

This question comes as one of the many anonymous comments and emails I receive from people with an axe to grind with the Catholic Church. What I posted above is a sanitized paraphrasing of the most recent one (the actual comment was far too vulgar and inflammatory to republish), but this charge of rampant pedophilia against the church is so common, and at the same time so blatantly false, that I felt compelled to take a moment and address it. Continue reading “Question; What About The Priest Scandal?”

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”