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.

‘Poor souls’ in purgatory are not alone; Christ guides them to heaven
Father Raphael Kitz, OCD
On Nov. 2, we commemorate our beloved dead. The feast is called All Souls, but the Church qualifies souls by adding “of the faithful departed.” One who leaves this world as “faithful” is in a relationship of grace and friendship with God through Jesus Christ.
Our need to be close to God is completed in intimacy of Eucharist
Father Andrew Smith
In Latin the words sacra (holy) and facere (to make) form the basis for the English contraction into the word sacrifice, a word that denotes “to make holy” more than it denotes destruction or annihilation.
Law exists not only to protect but to teach love, selfless consideration
Dr. Linda Webster
We are a society awash in rules. We often buckle up when driving, not because it’s safer but because we might get ticketed. We try to pay our taxes on time to avoid penalties and prosecution.
Luminous mysteries great way to meditate on life of Christ in rosary
Betsy Wiederkehr Huss
As the Year of the Rosary, declared by Pope John Paul II, draws to an end in October, I wonder how the new luminous mysteries have affected our Church and its people.
As Church honors Mary, it’s a good time to reflect on her holiness
Father James P. West
At this time of the year we move through something of a season of Mary, which actually began with the celebration of her assumption into heaven on Aug. 15. One week later we celebrated the queenship of Mary.
To be holy means to ‘put on Christ;’ we should seek him, not self
Charles T. Sullivan
On the whole, I do not think about my personal call to holiness as often as I should. Most of the time, if the truth be known, I let the “stuff” of life get in the way: career, deadlines, meetings, chores, family concerns and innumerable other responsibilities.
God’s wisdom and love shine through, even in life’s greatest trials
Judy Hoelzeman
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God. How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways.” (Romans 11:33)
Don’t be intimidated by Sola Scriptura; other sources add to revelation
Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB
Catholics are easily put on the defensive with biblical questions about Catholic doctrine.
In saying ‘Amen’ we proclaim: We will do all the Lord has told us
Msgr. Richard Oswald
Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, as the priest speaks the words of consecration, we hear Christ’s words: “This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.”
Annulment proves marriage invalid at start
Tara Little, Associate Editor - Arkansas Catholic
What God has joined man must not divide. This command, first spoken by Jesus when questioned by the Pharisees in Judea, is declared each time a marriage is joined in the Catholic Church.