Last night in RCIA the class learned about the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches) and the role they fulfill within the Catholic Church. Many Christians wonder why Catholics (as well as Orthodox and Episcopalians/Anglicans) venerate saints and proceed to call the veneration of saints the “worship” … More RCIA: Saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Kasteel Eerde (Castle Eerde) and I go way back. It’s where I went to school for nearly four years (start of 2000-end of 2003) while living in the Dutch village of Ommen close to the Dutch-German boarder. As the name suggests Kasteel Eerde is a castle in the middle of a forest in the rural … More Kasteel Eerde and the Dutch Resistance
Before I delve into my thoughts on the U.S. essential closing her boarders to Syrian refugees I should explain what Daesh means as the Arabic acronym is not used in English speaking countries. First off in English speaking countries the Islamic State is called ISIS because ISIS is the English acronym for the Islamic State … More Daesh (ISIS), Syrian Refugees, and the U.S.
Last week after RCIA I was invited by Brother Antoninus and Padre (Catholic Father at AU) to Sunday Mass at the Dominican House of Studies. So, after spending the day in Baltimore with my sister for my birthday, I woke up early to make my way to the Dominican House for the 11:15am Mass. So, … More Dominican House of Studies: Sunday Mass and Brunch
Once again here is another post I wrote for work concerning Kitzmiller vs. Dover and intelligent design. The Kitzmiller vs. Dover case was fought in 2005 after the Dover, PA Area School District Board decided that all Dover public school teachers would be required to read a statement to students before the biology unit was … More Kitzmiller vs. Dover: Intelligent Design
When I first heard about the controversy I was shocked that far Right Christians cared more about what was on their cups than helping the needy. But at the same time it didn’t surprise because some of these crazy Christians do belong to churches that have not really cared about the needy but only themselves … More Thoughts on Starbucks’ “un-Christian” Cups Controversy
After spending most of my weekend attending a conference for work, I was shocked to learn this morning from a friend on Facebook about the Starbuck’s holiday cup controversy. My friend’s response to this controversy was that if you are Christian and complaining about how your Starbuck’s cup is not “Christian enough” then you have … More Should Christians Be Complaining About Their Starbucks Cup?
This afternoon I spent my time at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Dominican House of Studies to meet with Br. Antoninus. After having lunch I headed over to the Basilica and arrived an hour and a half early for the meeting so I decided to stop by the Basilica’s crypt and found … More Byzantine Catholic Vespers and Dominican House of Studies Visit
Here is another blog that I wrote for work concerning Engel vs. Vitale & Separation of Church and State. This was a historic case in the late 1950s and early 1960s concerning state sponsored prayer in New York state’s public schools. During the Delaware Valley event Jonathan Engel, the son of Steven Engel will be … More Engel vs. Vitale & Separation of Church and State
I am now six weeks into my RCIA classes and I have learned so much about Catholicism, more so than when I was doing my undergrad in religious studies. But that’s what happens where you are expected to know the fundamentals of the world’s major religions from the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to … More My RCIA: Right of Christian Initiation of Adults from the Begining to Current