In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
~ John 1:1-5
Part of who I am is a child of Christ, a member of his original and only true church founded by his apostles, his first priests. I've been on a journey for several years that has revealed just how poorly we are catechized and why so many have fallen away and lost their chance of eternity in heaven with our Lord. I didn't fall away from faith completely, but I was brainwashed by secular education and not provided a strong enough foundation in the catechism. I doubted much of the Old Testament.
Not anymore. My eyes were opened, the lies shattered; and it has been a liberating experience that cleared the way for deeper devotion.
The word "catholic" is derived from katholikos, the Greek word for "universal" and was first used less than a century after the death of Christ. The Catholic Church is the original church founded by Simon Peter, the man referred to by Jesus as the "rock" on which he would found his church. All the sacraments and prayers were established by Jesus in his ministry and refined over the years; one only has to study the Bible to find their origins. The mass is universal across all nations, hence the name Catholic.
On this page, I would like to list some of the resources that have inspired me to a deeper faith and an appreciation for what I took for granted and didn't understand for most of my life and new resources that I continue to discover. This is who I am and what has always been underlying in my writing in themes and allegory, but now has blossomed into something brighter, deeper, more fulfilling in my life, and I hope you will find the same Truth in the Word of God.
I hope these will lead you to a deeper love in the peace and joy of wanting to please our Lord by repenting from sin and seeking to avoid it. Once you experience just a hint of the love of our Lord, you'll want to share that with the world.
Remember, however, that we're also called to humility and discipline in our faith, to avoid sin and seek virtue.
The Holy Bible (Catholic) - Of course, no resources would be complete without first mentioning the Bible, which was originally composed by what came to be known as the Catholic Church. No matter what version of the Catholic Bible you read (New American or Duoay Rheims, or both), you will find the basics of the faith in scripture. And to understand the New Testament, one must first understand the Old Testament, which Jesus references many times in his ministry. I recommend reading all of the Bible, but keep in mind that outside the Catholic Bible, other Bibles are incomplete.
Note: the Bible isn't meant to be read but to be studied for full appreciation and enlightenment, which often requires research about the cultures at the times it was written. One must also realize the NT was written after some years (usually a few decades) of oral tradition, originally in Greek and/or Aramaic, which was later translated to Latin and then to English and other languages... Also, be careful of who you trust with Bible study. Too many people don't do the research to have an appropriate understanding or don't look at the full picture and, thus, misinterpret the Bible. I recommend starting with this first video of a Catholic Bible study online: Genesis ~ Introduction to the Book of Genesis. Another is the Bible in a Year by Fr. Mike Schmitz.
The Mystical City of God - Next to the Bible, this inspired book by the Venerable Sr. Mary of Agreda is the single most inspirational text you will ever read. It will enlighten and inspire you to seek virtue and avoid sin. I never understood Marian devotion, although I had prayed to Mary for help as a mother, but in reading this, I am developing a deeper love of Our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, and more actively seeking her to help me love her son and the Father and Holy Spirit as they deserve. You'll appreciate what Our Blessed Mother did for us and God's inspiration in anticipating the fall of man with Adam and Eve and what he would have done if they had obeyed God. The book is an examination of the life of Mary from God's creation of everything through her life in all her exemplary virtues, referencing scripture and gospels. Just as the creation story and the rest of Genesis was provided to Moses directly when he was in the presence of God, so too was the life of the Virgin Mary detailed to Mary of Agreda directly by the Virgin Mary and her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Catechism - Whether you start with the Catechism of the Council of Trent or the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this is where you will find an explanation of the basics of what all Catholics believe and why.
Magnificat - Subscribe to receive monthly books with the daily mass readings, prayers, and saints. Regular and large print and ebook versions are available, along with covers for the print books. 1-year, 2-year, 4-year subscriptions with and without special seasons (Advent & Lent). Go to https://bookstore.magnificat.net.
* The Return of the God Hypothesis by Stephen C. Meyer - The author doesn't go into the Biblical story of creation, but he does explain in detail how materialistic and naturalistic science is wrong and how intelligent design makes the most sense of how our universe and life came to be. It is very deep in scientific philosophy and can be heavy reading with explanations of quantum theories, multiverses, string theory, etc.
- You can find these and other books at some of the shopping links listed below.
Laudate (not the official website, but has info about the app)
(many also have websites and/or are on Apple or other podcast services)
Answers in Genesis* (general Christian, focused on answering all the questions about creation)
Ascension Presents (Catechism, Catholic faith, Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Augustine Institute (Chris Stefanik interviews priests and other Catholic individuals)
Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Divine Mercy (Fr. Chris Alar and Marian Helpers)
FOCUS Catholic (lectures on life)
Gabi After Hours (Marian devotion, conversion stories, saints)
I Miss Christendom (short videos explaining Catholic beliefs)
Journey Deeper (prayers, rosaries)
Kristins Crosses (prayers, rosaries)Sensus Fidelium (homilies and lectures)
The Catholic Crusade (rosaries, litanies, prayers, novenas)
U.S. Grace Force (podcast of spiritual topics)
Bibles, sacramentals, rosaries, etc.
Posts and articles
Catechism of the Council of Trent (online PDF version)
Catechism of the Council of Trent (online html)
Proof that the Bible is real history:
Our Times Part 1: Our Lady's View of Our Times ~ Fr Ripperger (first of series)
Fr. Donald Calloway in Chandler 2023 - Saturday September 2, 2023 - St. Juan Diego Church (the importance and role of St. Joseph)
Fr Ripperger lectures:
(Fr. Chad Ripperger is an exorcist, theologian, and philosopher, and an engaging lecturer on church doctrine.)
Our Times Part 1: Our Lady's View of Our Times ~ Fr Ripperger (first of series)
Spiritual Warfare and Marriage part 1/3 - Fr Ripperger (first of series)
What is Marriage? ~ Fr Ripperger (series on Marriage 1 of 5) (first of series)
Divine Mercy in Song Prayer Room 24/7 🙏🏻The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song (Beautiful as prayer or background music)
Eucharistic Appreciation: The Eucharist was first celebrated by Christ in the last Passover before his Passion. He gave us this way to be with him on Earth. Many Eucharistic miracles have been observed and even tested. The results confirm that consecrated Eucharist hosts are transfigured into the true body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. We should want him to be a part of us, but only worthily (without grave sin--get to confession!) and with the utmost respect or we commit another grave sin. Science has proven that Eucharistic miracles are consistent - Type AB blood, signs of damaged heart tissue, etc. Below are some videos that discuss this.
Catechism and Bible:
Genesis ~ Introduction to the Book of Genesis (first of series)
Proof of Purgatory part 1: Twenty-two Bible verses. (first of series)
Note: If you want to suggest a link or find any links that no longer work, please contact me to make additions or corrections.
* Denotes items not specifically Catholic but helpful resources, nevertheless