5 thoughts on the Worldwide Eucharistic Exposition

06/02/2013 Comments (14)

An image from the recent worldwide Eucharistic exposition.

This Sunday I went out for breakfast after Mass, which is something I very rarely do.

I almost never eat out, but I decided to do so as a way of celebrating the Lord's Day.

While I was waiting in the restaurant, I was reading Facebook and discovered that the planned worldwide, Eucharistic exposition was going on right then--a fact I had not previously known.

Here are a few thoughts on the event . . .


1) These are the days of miracle and wonder.

As I sat in the restaurant, I downloaded, for free, The Pope App from News.va (iOS version, Android version) to let me watch the event live and then was able to do so--to join countless people from all over the planet in a...READ MORE

Filed under adoration, eucharist, eucharistic, exposition, francis, pope francis, worldwide

It's My 20th Anniversary as an Apologist (Wanna Help Me Celebrate?)

05/31/2013 Comments (41)

"It was 20 years ago today . . . "

June 1 is a special day for me, and it has been for the last 20 years.

One reason is that it's the memorial day of St. Justin Martyr, who is one of the main patron saints of apologists.

As an apologist, that makes it special to me.

But there is another reason as well.

I didn't plan it this way, but my report-to-work day at Catholic Answers happened to be June 1.

It's a significant day to embark on a career of apologetics, and I've always regarded it as a gift of divine providence.

Since I started doing apologetics professionally on June 1, 1993, that makes June 1, 2013 my 20th anniversary in the field. (Professionally speaking, at least; I'd been doing apologetics informally...READ MORE

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How Does Forgiveness Work Before and After Christ?

05/29/2013 Comments (42)

If Jesus died on the cross in A.D. 33 and made forgiveness possible, how does that apply to people who lived before or after this event? (Like us!)

Jesus died on the Cross so that people could be forgiven their sins.

But if he died in A.D. 33, what about all the people who lived and died before that time? Were their sins forgiven?

And if their sins were forgiven, does that mean Jesus’ sacrifice applies to all of history?

If so, does that mean that we’ve been forgiven for all of our sins—past, present, and future—so that we don’t need to go to confession?

How does this all work?

Here’s the story . . .


The Bottom Line

It may seem unusual to put the bottom line at the top of a post, but I generally find it better to state things in a straightforward, literal manner and only then (if necessary) use analogies to help...READ MORE

Filed under atonement, cross, death, forgiveness, jesus, redemption, resurrection

Are Babies Atheists?

05/29/2013 Comments (45)

Are we all born atheists?

One of the most common topics in discussion between Christians and atheists is the question of what atheism actually is.

For a long time, the word has been defined as the view that there is no God--i.e., the claim "God does not exist."

More recently, some atheists have begun to define it differently.

According to them, atheism is simply a lack of belief in the existence of God. On this view, a person would be an atheist if he thought there was no God, thought it unlikely that there is a God, or didn't know if there is a God.

Simply not agreeing with the claim "There is a God" would make you an atheist.

Some atheists have claimed that this is the natural state of humanity. On...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, atheism, atheists

12 things to know and share about the Holy Trinity

05/26/2013 Comments (12)

The Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian Faith. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

The Church teaches that the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian Faith.

But how much do you know about this mystery?

What is its history?

What does it mean?

And how can it be proved?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1. Where does the word "Trinity" come from?

It comes from the Latin word trinitas, which means "three" or "triad." The Greek equivalent is triados.


2. When was it first used?

The first surviving use of the term (there may have been earlier uses that are now lost)  was around A.D. 170 by Theophilus of Antioch, who wrote:

In like manner also the three days which were before the luminaries, are types of the Trinity [Τριάδος],...READ MORE

Filed under holy trinity, liturgical year, liturgy, mystery, theology, trinity

Did Pope Francis Say That Atheists Can Get to Heaven by Good Works?

05/24/2013 Comments (290)

Did Pope Francis recently say that atheists can get to heaven by "good works"? Or was he talking about something else entirely?

Color me annoyed.

The press has been going nuts about remarks concerning atheists that Pope Francis made at one of his daily homilies.

As usual, the press is hyping the remarks as if they are earthshaking, unprecedented, and in contrast to mean ol' Pope Emeritus Benedict.

I know this will come as a shock, but . . . they're getting the story wrong.

Here's the story . . .


Daily Homilies

Let's start with the context in which Pope Francis made the remarks: One of his homilies at daily Mass, celebrated in St. Martha's House (where he lives).

Pope Francis is in the habit of saying daily Mass for the people at St. Martha's House and invited guests, and when he does so he gives...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, atheist, atheists, francis, pope francis

Is God telling us fictions about the past?

05/22/2013 Comments (34)

Wouldn't it be great if scientists invented a device that would let us look into the past and see it with our own eyes? Guess what! They have!

Wouldn't it be great if scientists invented a device that enabled us to have a clear window into the past--so that we wouldn't just have to read about the past in books?

Instead, with the new device--let's call it a Time Window--we could actually see events occurring in the past in real time, with our own eyes?

That would be wicked awesome, wouldn't it?

The exciting news is that scientists have invented this device!

That's right! The Time Window is real!

What's more, they invented it just over 400 years ago, so they've had the chance to mature the technology to the point that now it's really, really good.

For comparison, imagine how good an iPhone would be today if Steve Jobs...READ MORE

Filed under age of the universe, apologetics, creation, genesis, science, star, starlight, stars

8 things to know and share about Pentecost

05/18/2013 Comments (10)

Where did the feast of Pentecost come from? What happened on it? And what does it mean for us today? Here are 8 things to know and share . . .

The original day of Pentecost saw dramatic events that are important to the life of the Church.

But where did the feast of Pentecost come from?

How can we understand what happened on it?

And what does it mean for us today?

Here are 8 things to know and share about it . . .


1. What does the name "Pentecost" mean?

It comes from the Greek word for "fiftieth" (pentecoste). The reason is that Pentecost is the fiftieth day (Greek, pentecoste hemera) after Easter Sunday (on the Christian calendar).

This name came into use in the late Old Testament period and was inherited by the authors of the New Testament.


2. What else is this feast known as?

In the Old Testament, it...READ MORE

Filed under holy spirit, liturgical year, pentecost

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."