The First Post

Blogging is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but I’ve never really had the time or energy needed to make it work. My hope is that this blog stays running for a little while.

Anyway, what really inspired me to start this whole thing was the huge amount of significant events related to my Catholic faith that have occurred in the last few weeks.  First, there’s the GOP nomination race, featuring two fairly prominent Catholics in Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.  Then there was the HHS contraceptive mandate and the uproar of not only Catholics, but many religious faiths concerning our freedom of religion. Lost in all of this (seemingly) was the decision of the Susan G. Koman Foundation to end funding to Planned Parenthood, then cave under political pressure from pro-choicers.

Now, none of those events are exclusively “Catholic,” in reference to the Catholic Church. However, they are Catholic in the sense that they affect every single person in our country, and many throughout the world.  I have a feeling that the next 5 years or so will be a dramatic turning point in our nation’s (and world’s, for that matter) history.   As Americans, we all have the responsibility to speak up when our freedom is threatened, even if it is threatened by our own government.

It is with that duty in mind that I have started this blog.  Ideally, this will be a place to exchange ideas, but more importantly to spread the TRUTH. And that Truth is none other than Jesus Christ, who 2000 years ago established his Church and entrusted it to a few simple fishermen.  These men were as fallible and sinful as you and I, and yet through the power of the Holy Spirit they maintained and preserved the truth.  Their AUTHORITY came from Christ, and that same authority has been passed down until today, where it is still held by the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, the bride of Jesus Christ.

My goal is not only to comment on American politics in light of the Gospel, but to also talk about everyday things.  God is All in All, and for that reason a blog about our faith cannot and should not be limited to politics or social issues. Our entire lives should be an expression of our love for our Father. Therefore, expect to hear some commentary on sports, books, movies, and other parts of everyday life as well.

In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul tells us that “our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness…” (Eph. 6:12) This “present darkness” is dark indeed, but God’s presence can yet be felt through all the turmoil.  It is my prayer that this blog can help show many that God’s love can conquer all, even in these dark times. Thanks for reading.


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4 responses to “The First Post

  1. Hey Doug, glad to see you joined me on WordPress, nice looking blog. Right out of the box you welcomed other Christians in fighting the crap that the secularists are trying to pull, and then two paragraphs later alienated any Christians that aren’t Catholic, by saying they have no authority. How many other Christian Churches have you been to? You decry the non-practicing Catholics but don’t elevate non-Catholic Christians that show their resounding faith in their actions every day. I know your a good man, full of the Holy Spirit, but look around you, I’m with you all the way. Thanks, Jim

    • I in no way intended to slight non-Catholic Christians in that post. What I was drawing attention to was the fact that Jesus DID give the authority to bind and loose things on earth (see Matthew 16:18-19) to the Apostles, specifically St. Peter. Therefore, if that authority has been passed down through the Catholic priesthood (which I strongly believe to be true), the Bishops of the Catholic Church are the ones with authority to teach their flock.

      That does not mean that only Bishops can speak truth about faith and morals. A lay Catholic, practicing or not, as well as non-Catholic Christians, even non-Christians have the ability to speak truth and do good on this earth. For example, I can say that murder is a sin, and would be speaking truth. I do not, however, have the authority to say ‘this is now a sin’ or ‘it’s ok to do this’ because I have no authority. My knowledge comes from the authority of Christ, which is given and spoken through the Bishops of the Church.

      I do, in fact, think that non-Catholic Christians do many great things, and their faith can be very inspiring. In college, I was a part of an Evangelical campus ministry that really led me down great paths and opened up a relationship with Christ that I didn’t have before. Without that group, there’s a good chance I would not be writing this blog today. All people of faith are very important, and I commend them for their faith and perseverance.


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