Evangelizing in the Modern Age

“And he said unto them, ‘Go out to the world: proclaim the gospel to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.'” – Mark 16:15-16 

Even the most nominal and lukewarm Christian has heard the above passage many times, even if he has never stopped to think about what it actually means.  It doesn’t take a biblical scholar or historian, however, to ascertain the meaning of the risen Christ’s words to his apostles.  He is telling them, and by extension us, that we have the solemn responsibility to bring others to God.  Period.  It’s plain and simple.  It’s crystal clear.  It’s black and white.  We HAVE to.
And who wouldn’t want to?  If you truly are a Christian and you believe that the only salvation is through belief in Christ, wouldn’t you want to tell those you love how to get there?  Wouldn’t you want to do everything that you possibly can to ensure that your friends and loved ones are not condemned?
Evangelizing is not…

Breaking News: Mary Knew

On the Sunday after Christmas a few years back I had to drive home after visiting family in North Georgia.  Instead of going to Mass in Atlanta, or trying to find a parish somewhere on the road, we decided to leave early enough on Sunday morning to make it back home in time to attend the afternoon service at our own church.

After dragging the kids out of bed and herding everyone into the car we were on the road with a singular goal – make it home in time for the 5:00 pm Mass.  With minimal stops and a shaky adherence to posted speed limits we made it home with time left over to shower and change before Mass.

When the worn-out old minivan rolled wearily into the parking lot of the church it would be an understatement to say that I was tired.  I was truly exhausted from the 750 mile trip completed in just over 24 hours with very little sleep.  But I was content and more than a little proud.  Here we were at our local parish fulfilling our Sunday Mass obligation even under trying circums…

Politics and Religion

I haven’t posted to this blog since 2012 – right before the last U.S. presidential election, in fact.  That is not a coincidence.  In the days and weeks leading up to the election I prayed feverishly that voters would elect candidates who would lead the nation in a way that was more in-line with Catholic Christian doctrine.  I didn’t single out specific candidates in my prayers – there was no “please let this guy win, and make that guy lose.”  I simply implored God to inspire American voters to take the steps necessary to stop the downward spiral of morality in our nation.  
It didn’t happen.
In the weeks following the disastrous 2012 election I was genuinely depressed.  I specifically recall telling a friend that, for the first time in my life, I did not feel God’s presence.  Three years after muttering those words I realize now just how foolish they were.  The absence of God’s presence is the literal definition of Hell.  Was I experiencing the unspeakable horrors of Hell after the …

The Art of Kevin Diehl: St. Padre Pio

This is a drawing of Padre Pio that was completed by the son of my friend Mary.  It's truly an incredible likeness.

The Art of Kevin Diehl: St. Padre Pio:  This is a sketch I just finished of St. Padre Pio. I thought I would share how I drew it. First I graph both the picture, and the pa...

Just a Man: My Memories of the Death of Pope John Paul II

When I realized that today was the 7th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, it was kind of hard to believe that it’s already been that long.John Paul the Great served as our Pope for 26 ½ years, and I was only seven when he came into office.He was the only Pope I had ever known, and it’s almost surreal that so much time has now elapsed since his passing. I remember the days leading up to his death as the entire world sat in a virtual death-watch.It was obvious to any logical observer that his days on Earth were numbered, and even those who persecute and attack the Catholic Church couldn’t help but be impressed by the reaction of the faithful followers around the world. Well, not everyone was impressed.I was working the night shift in 2005 when the news of JP2’s failing health was made public.Every day I would watch EWTN and FoxNews to see if there had been any developments, and then I would head into the office when most others were heading home.One evening as I arrived a cowo…

Anti-Catholicism: The Final Frontier

I had an interesting day yesterday.Within an hour of waking up I was greeted by anti-Catholic postings on Facebook – obviously motivated by the church’s much-publicized opposition to the American government’s intent to force all employers to offer birth control to their employees.It started the day off on the wrong foot, but I decided to just ignore it and get on with my day. Shortly after I got to work I took a look at Twitter to see what was happening in the world.And what was trending? -#WhyIUseBirthControl.I foolishly checked out some of the Tweets and was actually shocked by the anti-God, anti-Catholic, anti-child messages that so many felt the need to communicate.I posted a few tweets of #WhyIDontUseBirthControl, but as you can imagine, one guy Tweeting in Florida isn’t really enough to start a trend. Hours later a conversation arose at work and the subject of marriage was brought up to a 20-something co-worker of mine.Almost immediately verbal shots were fired at him from all sid…

Harm An Animal Go To Jail

I saw a bumper sticker today that read "Harm and animal go to jail."

If I were the vandalizing kind I'd have added, "Kill an unborn child and you're a hero to millions of women."