There is Truth, and the Search for it Matters

07-22-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

In our present culture, it seems everyone is jumping on the “your truth” bandwagon. What do you believe is right? Well, then no one has a right to tell you anything to the contrary. Here is the problem with this type of thinking (which is commonly known as “moral relativism”): it is wrong.


Together Let Us Go Forth

07-15-2018Pastor LetterFr. Jess Ty

Dear Parishioners,

Our Lady of Joy Parish is partnering with our Diocese to meet both the needs of our diocesan community and the needs of our parish family with a new campaign—Together Let Us Go Forth.


Another Amos

07-15-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

If you ask most Catholics what Amos is known for, they would quickly respond, “his famous cookies!” If you ask them to open their Bibles, they realize there was another Amos. (Whether or not the Biblical Amos knew how to make chocolate chip cookies is not recorded.) The Amos of the Bible was a shepherd and worked in orchards who lived in the southern kingdom of Judah.


There is Nothing New Under the Sun

07-08-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

It can be so difficult to share our faith and how it shapes our worldview with someone who either is unfamiliar with it or has rejected it outright. This can feel like a new phenomenon as our nation’s inability to have civil discourse on virtually any topic of substance seems increase by the hour. Yet, as my father used to say, “there is nothing new under the sun.”


Humility and Faith

07-01-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is summoned by Jairus to come to his home. Jairus, a leader and a man of great influence, falls at Jesus’ feet in an act of great humility and faith. His daughter is at the point of death.

On Jesus’ journey to Jairus’ home, he is mobbed by massive crowds. In the midst of the pushing, shoving, and jostling, a woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years makes a point to touch Jesus’ clothes as He passed by. Although the faith believed if one was touched by someone who was deemed unclean (as she would’ve been due to her ailment) the impurity would spread, she had faith that Jesus was so powerful that the flow would reverse (and Jesus would not become unclean, but she would be cleansed). She was immediately healed and restored.