Nov 29, 2015

Advent: Reflecting on God's Presence Catholic Answers

Fr. Patrick Wainwright has been a priest of the Miles Christi religious order since 1997. A native of Argentina, he received a licentiate degree in philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Savior in Argentina. He has taught philosophy and theology at the seminary and university levels, and has preached dozens of retreats and missions since his ordination. Fr. Wainwright helped start a new Miles Christi religious house in Detroit in 2000, and has been exercising his ministry from there ever since.

Advent: Reflecting on God's Presence (Encore) | Catholic Answers

Nov 28, 2015

Ten Tips for a Peace-Filled Advent

Advent is beginning and we must prepare for the coming of the Lord. This year Learn what Advent is all about. Peace, forgiveness, sacrifice and preparation for the birth of the Savior, and mercy.
"I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2 DR)
"For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6 DR)

The link below offers some great advice on how to have that this Advent.

Ten Tips for a Peace-Filled Advent

Also check out...

Best Advent Ever Rediscover Mercy by Matthew Kelly. I signed up :)

Advent: Reflecting on God's Presence (encore audio)

Some technical information about Advent

History of The Advent Wreath

Music for Advent: 10 Advent Songs to Remind You It's Not Yet Christmas

Previous blog Article: The Christmas Story

Have a blessed Advent!

Nov 24, 2015

Inconsistantly Christian? How to Change

Paul Thomas and Lisa Campbell tackle the challenges of living out the Faith. A real blessing. I am learning so much from this audio.

Nov 23, 2015

Bobby Hesley’s Journey of the Cross

Witness the story of a young man from inner city Detroit whose faith in God enable him to become more than a conqueror. Gary Michuta talks to AoA team member Bobby Hesley about his faith journey. Bobby's powerful and grace-filled testimony reveals the strength of the Sacrament of Confirmation and the full scope of apologetics. If someone you know is going through a tough time in life, particularly those who have had a tough childhood, they will definitely want to hear this program

Nov 18, 2015

Peter Hitchens Journey Back To God

I just read this testimony by Peter Hitchens well known atheist author who found the Christianity of his youth.

A great read :)

"While I was making my gradual, hesitant way back to the altar-rail, my brother Christopher's passion against God grew more virulent and confident. As he has become more certain about the non-existence of God, I have become more convinced we cannot know such a thing in the way we know anything else, and so must choose whether to believe or not. I think it better by far to believe" (Peter Hitchens)


Nov 16, 2015

Top 10 Answers to the Protestant doctrine of “The Bible Alone”

Is Sola Scriptura biblical? Gary Michuta and Bob Hesley look at the most commonly cited Scripture used to promote "Sola Scriptura." Do these passages really teach that the Bible alone is the Christians' only authority on matter of Faith?

Nov 14, 2015

Two Awesome Conversion Stories

Steven and Paul’s Journey “Live” at the Holy Spirit Center

 Two Awesome conversion stories you will be blessed by. Steven and Paul's appearance at the Holy Spirit Center's "Why Be Catholic" conference. Talk about amazing grace...hear how God led Steven and Paul back to the Catholic Church.


Nov 13, 2015

Bobby Hesley on the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? Bobby Hesley explains, in this talk before a packed audience of young adults and teens, what they are and why they are important. I really enjoyed this talk I hope you do too!

Nov 12, 2015

The Illogicity of Atheism


    It is unreasonable and illogical to believe there is no God. Atheists believe that in truth there is no God. Their faith in that premise is sometimes so strong they may or may not even be open to new information. Their proof they say is their own logic and reasoning. Well, theists also claim logic and reason as their friend when thinking about the notion of the existence of God. In this post I will using logic, reasoning and a very simple philosophical argument prove the existence of God.

Check it out!

In order for the statement "there is no God" to be a truthful statement we would have to admit to have looked at all sides of the argument and every possible variable within the argument. We would have to admit to being omniscient. In other words we would have to be God, to know that there is no God.

Our first thought "there is no God" is actually canceled out by our second thought "only God could know that." Therefore God exists! To be honest human beings we can only say "I don't believe in God" or "I don't know if God exists." Not believing, or knowing is not proof. And not believing in God doesn't make him non existent anymore than believing in God makes him exist. God does not derive his existence from our willingness or unwillingness to believe.

Let's look at it one other way. 

We know that God can be viewed as "absolute truth." He himself being the source of all Truth in the Universe as theists believe. Simply put if God is the source of all things and the beginning of all things then he is also the source of that which is true (in accordance with fact or reality) in the universe.

So, in order for the statement "there is no absolute truth" to be true it would have to be absolutely true! Therefore once again are second thought cancels out our first and absolute truth also exists.

Done just proved the existence of God/absolute truth using logic and reasoning alone. Lol! I realize there is a lot more we could discuss about the existence of God, but I believe this is the simplest argument.

Thanks for reading!

Joanne Utke

For further reading see...

Atheism, God and The Proof

The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism

An audio by Patrick Madrid on Atheism

Nov 10, 2015

The Gift of the Eucharist by Bobby Hesley

Great talk on the Eucharist by Bobby Hesley a well known parish speaker. This talk would make a great introduction to the Eucharist for beginners, as well for Catholics who need some new energy to rekindle your faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Bottom line this is an excellent talk and if you love Jesus, and want to be closer to him this talk is for you. Believe in the Eucharist!

 Also check out Bobby Hesley on the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Nov 9, 2015

Patrick Madrid on Atheism

Great audio with the best rational arguments for the existence of God. Patrick Madrid does a great job I highly recommend this for anyone who has ever questioned the existence of God or want to learn how to present rational arguments to atheists.

Check out what I feel is the simplest argument when trying to prove the existence of God using logic and reasoning alone.

The Illogicity of Atheism

Nov 2, 2015

Chair of Moses - Chair of Peter

Great video by Steve Ray about the Jewish Roots of the Papacy. A must watch and listen. You will learn so much! So get your coffee and take a seat :)