Understanding Our Church

A Treasury of Arkansas Writers Discussing the Catholic Faith

Understanding Our Church

Explore this treasury of Arkansas writers discussing the Catholic faith on a wide variety of topics. Find what you're looking for by browsing the whole list or search by keyword or author. All articles have been reviewed for theological accuracy. Opinions expressed are those of the author.

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary based on Battle of Lepanto
Paula Standridge
One of the many advantages of listening to Catholic radio is learning more about our Catholic history. There is always so much to learn, even for those of us who have always been Catholic.
Focusing on invisible realities at Mass can instill wonder in faithful
Sister M. Glorea Knaggs, OSB
Before entering religious life, I attended a Catholic conference for young adults. I remember little about it, save the testimony of a woman who was telling her vocation story in a large auditorium.
Just an obligation? Use pandemic time to reflect on hunger for God
Father Erik Pohlmeier
What does obligation mean in a time of pandemic? As Catholics we quickly associate this word with participating in Mass on Sundays.
Suspending public Masses was in line with ‘common good’ principle
Father Jason Tyler
While on my way to visit a parishioner in the hospital in early March, someone asked me in the hospital elevator whether my church was still having Sunday services with the coronavirus threat increasing.
God’s glory in nature, creation leads us to his presence in Mass
Jeff Hines
Jesus was a bird watcher. I get this from Matthew 6:26 where Jesus says, “Look at the birds …” Birds are a sign of God’s presence to me. It reminds me of a kayak trip last summer on Frog Bayou in western Arkansas. John Casey, our school counselor, invited me to join him and several others.
Jesus feeds us spiritually, physically through Eucharist and Word
Deacon Mike Cumnock
A life lesson I have learned from the monks of Subiaco Abbey is the use of Lectio Divina in my prayer life. The goal of the process is simply to bring myself into the presence of God through praying the Scriptures.
Child reminds us to be joyful receiving Communion
Agnes Tirrito
“Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.” (Isaiah 11:6)
God’s surprises considered ‘sacred delights’ in the life of Christians
Deacon Mike Cumnock
When reading sacred Scripture, I am often amazed by the unexpected ways God finds to surprise us, call us and turn our expectations upside down. This has been true throughout our history as his people.
Prepare before Mass so heart is open to really hear homily
Judy Hoelzeman
If I went to a different Mass on Sunday than my parents did, this question usually waited for me when I got home: “What did Father say in the sermon?” I’d think: “Oh no, if only I had listened instead of whispering with my best friend Anne.”
Peace can be gained from understanding our venial, mortal sins
Kelli Nugent
I entered the confessional to confess my sins to the priest — spoken aloud, in humility and with true repentance.

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