Showing posts from January, 2024

New Year 2024

As we gather at the onset of a new year, I'm filled with deep love and appreciation for every one of you. Last year has had its share of adventures, ministry work, and recess. And through it all, I see the Lord's hand in what I do, especially when people close to me show unwavering support. Whether we prayed together, worked on endeavors for the Church, or enjoyed the great outdoors, each memory is a treasure I hold close. This year (2024), I promise to continue to be a man of faith, create opportunities for others to experience outdoor life, and engage in "God Talk" with anyone. A new endeavor for Catholic Camper is ready to be launched with much eagerness and prayer. You can hear more by clicking on:  Live Podcast Feeling Thankful Happy New Year, viewer, reader, listener, friends, and family. May the coming year be filled with joy, blessings, and memories we'll hold dear for years.

Believing in...

Recently, while professing the Nicene Creed at Mass, I reflected on how years of reciting Saint Peter's sermon (Acts 2) have changed my attitude about life.  A common word in the first sentence among the four predominant paragraphs of  The Profession of Faith  articulates centuries of what Christians believe and affirms what I believe  IN .    For example, when I say, “I believe in…” rather than "I believe that...," a definitive belief is being claimed. An important clue here is the phrase " I believe in..." as the tone is motivational, passionate, and inspiring. As a result, a clear understanding of what is believed is evident. Watch out!  Believing  in  will change people.  Those who have known me a while know my behavior differs from when I was younger. Friends, family, and colleagues have all turned heads.  Complicated?  Na. When I say, “I believe that...” it borders on a less meaningful certainty and hints toward a deficiency of confidence.  The