Catholic Voices

Living our Year of the Eucharist with passion

Last year in August, the Pew Research Center released an alarming statistic: 69% of Catholics in the United States don’t believe Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. In my opinion, two important factors have contributed to this faith crisis: the insufficient formation of both catechumens and catechists, and liturgical abuses that harm the holy Mass.

In times of suffering, God’s love strengthens us

When I was a high school freshman, most Saturday nights, you’d find me at some all-ages club or coffee house watching The Violet Burning. The goth band wore all black clothes and spiked their dyed hair into trapezoidal formations. My friends and I would barely dance, more like sway lethargically in the darkened venue, lit only with purple mood lighting.

Seeds of the Word - Finding God deep inside ourselves

When I was a teenager, I was moved when I heard a Communion chant: “Whoever is seeking God and cannot see how close he is, he should open his eyes if he can. He will hear him speak. Listen, my friend, if you will, to what I am going to tell you — where I have found him always, whenever I begin to doubt.” The song explains how God can be found in the peaceful dawn, in a wheat field, in the breeze that mingles with our tears, as well as in a grateful friend.