Catholic Life and Devotion

Reading the Bible in Protestantism and Catholicism

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Louis Bouyer is one of the best resources for understanding the theological and devotional genius and goodness of Protestantism from a Catholic perspective. I was re-reading one of his books this morning and came across the following:



The Life of Prayer

May 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Several weeks ago, I spoke to the RCIA class at St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC) on the topic of prayer as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. My focus was on the prayers of Sacred Scripture, and how these form the bedrock of the traditional prayer life of the Church. […]



Ancient Marian Devotion

Apr 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Christians have been venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary for a long time. A really, really long time. Nevertheless I think one may be excused from wondering whether its antiquity doesn’t tell us something about its validity as a form of Christian piety. For now though I will simply appeal to […]



Beer and Barron

Apr 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Reformed Christians have a special relationship with beer. I discovered this my junior year in college after spending my first two years at LSU exploring nearly every other Christian faith tradition on campus.  The combination of rich fellowship, deep theological discussion, and high quality beer, while sitting outside on a Louisiana front porch on a humid […]



Catholic Life and Devotion

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

On the Index page of Called to Communion, there is a section entitled “Catholic Life and Devotion.” This section features reflections on life in the Catholic Church based upon CTC contributors’ growing experiences as members of the Church in full communion. There are three reasons for calling attention to this section of our website: First, as […]



True Happiness and God’s Grace

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

St. Thomas writes the following about attaining true happiness: [M]an cannot attain his end of Perfect Happiness by his own powers, but only by God’s grace. [ST I-II q.5 a.5] The Throne of Grace Why? Because for man, perfect happiness comes only through seeing God Himself. Aquinas refers to what St. Paul writes in 1 […]



“I Rejoice in the Sufferings of Christ”

Dec 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

For non-Catholics, one of the strangest aspects of Catholic faith is its doctrine of suffering.  It is not strange that Catholics should concern themselves with suffering. Suffering is a universal human problem. Some religious traditions (like Buddhism) are almost wholly concerned with the problem of suffering: how to eliminate it, endure it, or even deny […]



All Saints Day

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Today, November 1st, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of all Saints. The roots of this feast are found as far back as the time of the Emperor Constantine when the Catholic faith first became legal in the Roman Empire. The legalization of the faith ended the threat of Roman persecution and allowed for the […]



The Gift of Salvation

Jun 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Despite my objections to some of Dr. Leithart’s recently expressed opinions about the Catholic Church vis-a-vis his own Reformed catholicity, I regularly visit his website for the purpose of gathering in the little jewels of wisdom scattered along his literary shore. I found a particularly striking gem this morning, which called to mind something that […]