Five Reference Books Every Catholic Should Own

Introduction The Church has created a massive library of texts over her 2,000 year lifespan, and it can be overwhelming to even contemplate attaining (much less reading) them all. The good news is that among the millions of volumes of writing the Church has produced, many of them are summaries or collections of previous writings. While…

Graven Images and Statue Worship

Introduction It is not unusual for Catholics to include images (icons, statues, pictures, etc.) in their religious practices. Many, if not most, Protestants think Catholics are worshiping images when they do such things – and because of this, they will charge Catholics with practicing idolatry. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Church has been accused of manipulating…

Faithful Catholicism

Introduction St. Paul commands people to “examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5). As a Protestant, I always thought that the test for faithfulness was how much I agreed with whatever doctrines I was taught – that faithfulness came in degrees, so to speak. I figured if I was…

Manly Rosaries for Manly Men

Introduction It’s rough gift hunting for Catholic dudes – especially those entering the Church who are still not used to Catholic Holy Hardware. Of course a rosary is a standard choice, but while there are lots of girlie-girl rosaries to choose from out there, few are manly enough for most guys to carry (much less use) without embarrassment. I think men have enough trouble…