Category Archives: Faith Matters

The driver’s impulse to rush

Recently I wrote about tricks for conserving gasoline that I learned from my bicycling:

  • Don’t speed up hills.
  • Coast whenever it is possible to do so without disturbing the traffic.
  • Soft-pedal it when you see a red light ahead of you.
  • Avoid jack-rabbit starts when the stoplight changes to green

In practising these tips, I have experienced my gas gauge inch downward much more slowly. Getting everyone to perform them is yet another story. To learn how difficult this is, just stand at a corner during rush hour and ‘driver-watch’.

A good percentage of drivers run red lights, gun their cars even though there is nowhere to go and swerve through traffic, often ending up at the next stoplight alongside the drivers they passed.

Why the rush?  Continue reading The driver’s impulse to rush

Article 1: ‘I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.’

TheCreed_HeaderIn conjunction with the Year of Faith, Today’s Catholic is putting together a series of articles by Fr Felix Au on the Apostles’ Creed, which is the symbol of our faith.


I believe in God
We believe in God in order to come to know him. Faith is necessary starting point for us to have a relationship with God. Think of faith as the doorway into God’s household, or the gate through which we pass into the Kingdom of God.

Christianity is a monotheistic religion, which means we believe in one God. This is affirmed both in the Old and New Testaments: “… I am God and there is no other” (Is 45:22). In Mk 12:29 Jesus says that God is “the one Lord”. Continue reading Article 1: ‘I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.’

Introduction: The Year of Faith and the Brief Exploration of our Faith

TheCreed_HeaderIn conjunction with the Year of Faith, Today’s Catholic is putting together a series of articles by Fr Felix Au on the Apostles’ Creed, which is the symbol of our faith.


What is faith?
Faith is man’s response to God, who reveals himself to us. It is God’s gift which opens to door for us to enter into a relationship with God and possess eternal life. St John in the Gospel says, “Father… this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ you have sent” (Jn 17:3). Faith enables us to know and love God and therefore share God’s own divine life.

What is the Year of Faith?
Pope Benedict declared that the Year of Faith would begin on 11 October 2012 and end on 24 November. 11 October 2012 is an important date as it marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. 24 November 2013 is the last Sunday of the liturgical year on which we will celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Continue reading Introduction: The Year of Faith and the Brief Exploration of our Faith

How an Internet fast can change your life

Photo source: www.businessinsider.comby Jennifer Fulwiler

 

Advent is just around the corner, and I know that a lot of us are thinking about what we can do to minimize the number of times this season that we lock ourselves in closets to scream “I CAN’T TAKE THIS STRESS ANYMORE!!!” Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, if you’re thinking about what you can do to maximize the peace and minimize the franticness as you prepare to celebrate the birth of the Lord, consider doing some kind of internet fast. Whether it’s a full week without technology, or just taking one day a week off of social media for the duration of the season, the practice of disconnecting can have a lasting impact on almost every area of your life. Here’s how: Continue reading How an Internet fast can change your life