Growing up in a faithful Catholic family, I received the sacraments at the ages regulated within the Dallas diocese – the same ages more or less seen around the country. Naturally, my baptism occurred about a month into my life and I recall nothing – life changing graces received. I received my first communion sometime around the age of reason and didn’t like the taste of the...
Truth & Charity contributors Matt and Andrew Sciba sing in the
St. John Berchmans Cathedral schola on Good Friday, 2012
This is probably the third year in a row that I’ve recommended Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Discourse 16. Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion as a must-read for Good Friday. The stations of the cross and the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary focus us on the physical sufferings of Jesus, and perhaps some emotional ones too as He underwent the humiliation of the...
Our department’s administrative assistant knows that I’ve traveled to Germany in the past as faculty advisor for our study abroad trip to Luneburg. While there, we visit the Neuengamme concentration camp. A few days ago he gave me a booklet he purchased at Dachau (this is about as close a link as I can get). Aside from the horrific stories about the camp itself, there were occasional...
Today is the Feast of The Annunciation of Our Lord. It holds particular significance for me because it is the anniversary of the day my wife learned that we would be parents for the first time.
My wife Mikki and I married in September 2005, just four short months after graduating from college. We tried to for three years to get pregnant, and were diagnosed in Summer 2009 with “unexplained...
I’ve looked at resources on prayer and fasting the last two weeks, so we’ll round out our trio of Lenten practices by discussing almsgiving today.
There is obviously an aspect of almsgiving that involves monetary donations; the fifth precept of the Church
(“You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the...