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The Holy Spirit — A Mighty Rushing Wind

05-19-2024Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A.

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.”- Acts 2:2

Pentecost is the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit, the gift Jesus promised to send us after his ascension to offer us guidance and wisdom as we travel on our earthly journey. The Holy Spirit is a distinct person of the one Triune God with his own attributes and activity. Still, he is arguably the most difficult for our human minds to comprehend. During Pope St. John Paul II’s general audience on October 17, 1990, he provided some catechesis on how the Church uses symbols to give us insight into who the Holy Spirit is and how he exercises his divinity in our lives.


How the Message of Fatima is Still Relevant Today

05-12-2024Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A

Tomorrow, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, which commemorates the visits Mary paid to three shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta – in Portugal in 1917. During her visits with them, the Blessed Mother warned them about the world's state, the consequences of unrepented sin, and what would happen if people continued to offend God. She also communicated concrete actions the faithful can take to change the trajectory of the world. Even though these visions occurred at a specific time in history, the message of Fatima is still relevant today, and it is even more dire than when it was first presented. Therefore, it is a good idea to reexamine Fatima's message through the lens of our current times and learn how to engage in some of the battles we see going on around us today.


Eros & Agape

05-05-2024Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A.

A couple of weeks ago, on Good Shepherd Sunday, I discussed ways that God expressed his ultimate love for us by emptying himself (kenosis). First, in the Incarnation, he humbly unified his divine nature with our human nature, and then he again emptied his very life when he died on the cross for our salvation.

This Sunday’s readings are also about love — specifically, how God has shown his love for us and how we are called to respond by loving him in return and loving others. In the gospel reading, Jesus says, “Love one another as I have loved you.” In other words, he exemplifies love in action, and we are challenged to imitate this divine love as best we can in our humanity.


Mary Gardens

04-28-2024Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A.

It is no secret that Catholics honor Mary. (For a proper understanding of the difference between worship and honor, you can see the article on my website on Latria vs Dulia.) By virtue of being Jesus’ mother, as well as the catalyst for his first miracle that initiated his public ministry, and by staying by his side all the way to the foot of the cross on Calvary, Mary provided a perfect example of what it means to be a Christian disciple with perfect faith. The Catholic Church has a variety of devotions in her honor to assist us on our own journeys. The rosary is a prayer containing 20 mysteries that represent pivotal events in the lives of Mary and Jesus. The Way of the Cross enables us to meditate with Mary as she followed Jesus during his passion and death. The Church has also given her various titles to reflect her many attributes, such as the Immaculate Conception, Queen of Angels, or Mother of Sorrows. In this piece, I will explore a lesser-known devotion in honor of the Blessed Mother: Mary Gardens.



04-21-2024Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A.

Today, we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, when we reflect on how Jesus is the shepherd who lovingly cares for his flock, leading them in the way they should go. The topic I have chosen for today's article – Kenosis – is most often discussed in the context of Good Friday, but I find it relevant to today’s theme as well.

To begin our discussion on kenosis, we will first look at the words of St. Paul:

…though he was in the form of God, [he] did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name… (Phil 2:6-9, emphasis added)


The Sign of the Cross

04-14-2024Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A.

Today, I'm going to talk about something that most, if not all, Catholics tend to take for granted — the sign of the cross. It is a ritual we perform for various purposes, but primarily in prayer. While it is natural to us and may not often be consciously thought about, the sign of the cross has been the source of some controversy in Church history and even up to today. So, let's explore the sign of the cross, its history, significance, and how it has been historically defended.


Dynamic Forgiveness

04-07-2024Weekly ReflectionJen Arnold, M.A. in Theology and Catechetics

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, which the Church designates to focus on the profound mercy Jesus offers us by forgiving our sins. Most of us are grateful for God's infinite mercy and forgiveness because we know we would be lost without it. We are also aware that we are called to offer forgiveness to others in response to the forgiveness God so freely gives us. The Our Father prayer indicates that offering forgiveness to others is obligatory if we want to ask it for ourselves – “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” However, it is sometimes difficult to take what we know in our minds and put it into practice. In this article, I would like to present a method by which we can have a more dynamic participation in the process of mercy and forgiveness, where we can work with the Lord in bringing about conversion.