2018 archive of What the Faith: A Layperson's view of our church
Posted by Monica Pittman on 12/03/18
Families come in all sizes and shapes. Each one has their own habits, traditions, and ways of having fun. For instance, my brothers, sister and I, along with our spouses and children, meet at our parents’ house most Saturday nights for dinner and to play games. Some nights it’s ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 11/21/18
Holiday Advice? No Way!
I looked at the Holiday merchandise appearing in stores before the Halloween candy was even given out.
Houses in my neighborhood have the Christmas lights put up in late October.
Advertisements on the television are exclaiming “Black Friday Prices all Week!”
Magazine covers, news stories, ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 10/30/18
Since All Saints day is coming up (Nov 1), I knew I wanted this blog to be about the Saints. However, my thoughts were quite jumbled and finding a good place to start was eluding me. So, I looked up the Patron Saint of Writers. It happens to be ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 10/22/18
Pope Francis has asked us to pray the rosary daily during October asking Mary and St. Michael to intercede for the protection of the Church. We have so many prayers in our arsenal it’s no wonder the Holy See chose the most powerful and strongest weapon we have to ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 10/01/18
I was asked several years ago by an employee why I go to mass every week. My response was that it was a way to undo all the worries and trials of the previous week and start the new week fresh. That has always been true and still is. However, ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 9/18/18
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (ccc 1641) describes the Grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony as:
“…This grace proper to the sacrament of Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple’s love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they ‘help one another to attain holiness in ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 8/30/18
Every once in a while a homily will really strike a note with me. Last weekend was the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time and the gospel reading was talking about husbands loving their wives and wives obeying their husbands. My husband was not with me this week, but in ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 8/20/18
Every year, there is a report of some kind showing where your contributions have been used. This year is no different, but presenting the information in a different way each year is quite intriguing and more fun than creating an Excel spreadsheet and throwing it into the bulletin. The ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 7/23/18
Our priests take care of us, but who takes care of them?
As children, we take for granted that our parents will always be there to take care of whatever needs we have. It does not register until we are much older that someday they may rely on us ... Read More »
Posted by Monica Pittman on 6/19/18
Pretty much everyone prays, maybe whether they realize it or not. When someone says “Oh My God” or even shortens it to “OMG” isn’t it asking God for whatever assistance is needed at the time of the utterance? Perhaps understanding, or help with something sad, tragic, or unbelievable is ... Read More »