The Light of the World

04-28-2019(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

There are so many impressive accomplishments in our world. Jadav Payeng planted a 1360 acre forest over the course of a few decades after he saw the local wildlife losing their habitat. Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the choppy waters of the English Channel after being told a woman couldn’t survive the harsh conditions. Hiram Revels became America’s first African American Senator. He was from Mississippi and the year was 1870.

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The True Beauty of Easter

04-21-2019(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

Easter represents several things. Many people can finally go back to whatever they gave up for lent, provided it isn’t harmful to their souls. (Drink that coffee! Eat that chocolate!) Families often gather from near and far. Parents snap pictures as adorable children search for eggs. All these things are beautiful, but they don’t begin to describe Easter’s true beauty.

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Talk about the Popes

04-14-2019(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

Catholics seem to talk about Popes like other people talk about athletes...

“Sure, John XXIII was fine, but I prefer John Paul II.”

“John Paul I had so much unrealized potential.”

“Benedict XVI retired too soon.”

Here is a scenario I’d like you to imagine: during Holy Week, the Pope is asked about Jesus. He responds, “Who?”

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(Being) Catholic Matters

04-07-2019(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

I heard a phrase get tossed out again the other day and I must confess, I’m feeling a bit triggered. (I might need a safe space.)

My Christian brother said, “Hey man. I don’t know if it’s a sin. We aren’t supposed to judge.”

This kicked off quite a conversation about the difference between sin and sinners. I brought up the eighth chapter of the Gospel of John (which is often used by the relativistic don’t-you-dare-judge-a-thing crowd). Jesus comes up on a group of men who are about to stone a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Most of us remember Jesus turning the tables by essentially telling them to “go ahead and do it - with one catch - the guy without sin had to throw the first rock.” One by one, they drop their weapons along with their judgement.

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