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.

Angelus prayer tells story of salvation from incarnation to resurrection
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
An 1859 painting by Jean-Francois Millet in the Louvre Museum in Paris depicts a man and woman standing in a field with heads bowed. A pitchfork has been thrust into the ground. In the distance can be seen the spire of a church. The painting is titled “Angelus.”
‘The Da Vinci Code’ inaccurately claims Constantine chose Gospels
Msgr. Richard Oswald
“The Da Vinci Code,” authored by Dan Brown, has been at the top of bestseller lists for more than a year. In the introduction to the fictional murder mystery Brown states that all of the supporting elements of the story are factual.
When hatred seems justifiable, prayer yields courage to work for peace
Sister Susan McCarthy, RDC
“Peace be with you” (John 20:19) is the greeting Jesus offers to the disciples. Peace is the fruit of the Spirit offered to us at Pentecost.
Our conscience is a guide when considering how to follow God’s law
Charles T. Sullivan
“In the depths of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose upon himself, but which holds him to obedience … a law written by God.
As a successor to Peter, Pope John Paul II has been true to mission
Father Erik Pohlmeier
On May 18 Pope John Paul II will celebrate his 84th birthday. During his many years as pope there have been countless tributes to all that he has accomplished. Those tributes only multiply as he labors on despite the physical weakness he now endures.
Beyond Resurrection, Christ lives in the Spirit and will die no more
Father Raphael Kitz, OCD
We recently celebrated the great mystery of faith that we call the Resurrection of Christ from the dead, or the paschal mystery. This truth of our faith that we profess in the creed is both a miracle and a mystery.
Christians have gift of immortality through Christ’s resurrection
Father Andrew Smith
I remember from an art history course, from my college seminary years, that in ancient Rome there are two distinctive sets of tombstones. There are those of the pagan Romans with words on them such as “Farewell” or “Nevermore.”
Answers to frequently asked questions on Catholic faith
Arkansas Catholic
A sampling of RCIA coordinators and directors of religious education in the Diocese of Little Rock were asked what questions come up most often from those participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Christ enters Jerusalem in humility and peace in spite of pageantry
Dr. Linda Webster
The 2004 Super Bowl might be an odd place to look for enlightenment this Passion Sunday, but one of the top-rated ads (www.superbowl-ads.com) broadcast at the beginning of the second quarter back in early February was an excellent allegory for our reflec
We can be like a desert wasteland crying out for God to refresh us
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
At my mother’s parish during Lent, the holy water we normally would bless ourselves with is replaced with dry sand. Invariably, I dip my fingertips into the bowl expecting water. But what I encounter is gritty, dry sand.