"A clean heart create for him, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit." Psalm 51:12

Living the Catholic Faith

Faith is not something we should do just for an hour on Sunday.  Our faith should be part of who we are and be part of our decision making process.  Here we offer a series of reflections and papers that explore what terms like "discipleship" and "stewardship" mean. 

  • "Christian Discipleship" - The word "disciple" means "student".   As Christian disciples we are students of Jesus' teaching.  What does it mean to follow the teaching of Jesus as disciples?
  • "Christian Stewardship" - A steward is entrusted to care for the property of another.  What has God put us in charge of and how do we use it wisely?
  • "Attitude of Gratitude" - In this video, we explore the gifts God has given us and how we offer a proper response in the attitude we respond with.
  • "Creation – The Distinctive Christian View” - I wrote this paper for Christian Anthropology.  This paper discusses how Christians view creation.
  • "A Personal Relationship With Jesus" - Some Christians say we must have a personal relationship with Jesus.  What does that even mean?
  • "The Holy Spirit" - In Baptism we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and are sealed with the Spirit in Confirmation.  How do we recognize the Spirit in our lives?
  • "Christian Discernment" - We use the word "discern" when we talk about making decisions but what does it mean?
  • "Conscience" - We are given a "conscience" and are supposed to follow it.  How do we know when to trust it?
  • "The Four Last Things" - Death, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory - things yet to come for us but our understanding of them influences how we live now.  This video explores our Catholic understanding of death and what comes after.
  • '"Improving Too Fast to Improve" - We will live in our world where technology is advancing very rapidly. In this reflection I explore the question is the rapid rate of advancing technology a good thing
  • "How Do Our Attachments Affect Our Relationship with Jesus?" - How do the attachments we form affect our relationship with God?
  • "Keeping the Lord's Day: What Does It Mean to Me?"- The Third Commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath Holy.  What does this mean in a world that is so busy that Sunday is no longer a day of rest?
  • "Original Sin" - What is "Original Sin"?  How did it begin with Adam and Eve but is still part of us today?
  • "What It Means To Me To Be Catholic?" - Just the tip of the iceberg about what it means to be Catholic.
  • "God's Commandments" - God gives us commandments not to burden us but to help us know how we are called to live.  Here we explore this further.
  • "Islam And the Separation of Religion and State" - I wrote this paper for a class on Islam I took in 2002.  It discusses how the Islam religion views the relationship of church and state.
  • "The Journey to Jesus" - In this presentation, Fr. Jeff explorers how we use the word "journey" to describe our Christian lives and how we come closer to Jesus. 
  • "What It Means to be a Church" - We come to church.  We talk about church but what does it really mean to be a church.  Is it about the building, community, mission, or faith?  In this presentation, Fr. Jeff explores these questions and what we are to do as a church.  

"For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother." 

Matthew 12:50