HSI Features Season 2
Can We Be Saints?
In the heart of every right-thinking Catholic, God has implanted the desire to become a Saint. Yet few make a serious attempt to realise the ambition. The cause for this is to a large extent discouragement, due to the misunderstanding of what a Saint really is. So what is a Saint? The answer usually returned to this question is: one who does extraordinary penances and works miracles. Now, this is an incorrect description, for neither miracles nor great penances are essential. Read more
by Frank Duff
The Mother of the Son: The Case for Marian Devotion
It has to be one of the strangest things in the world: So many Christians who love Jesus with all their hearts recoil in fear at the mention of His mother's name, while many who do love her find themselves tongue-tied when asked to explain why. Most of the issues people have with Mary are really issues about something else.
by Mark Shea
Reconciling Judas: Evangelizing the Theologians
In 1968, a professor of theology at the University of Regensburg wrote a modestly sized treatise on the Apostles’ Creed called Introduction to Christianity. Its impact, however, was anything but modest, for the book so captivated Pope Paul VI that he made its author archbishop of Munich and just a few years later, Pope John Paul II, made the same man head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His name, of course, is Joseph Ratzinger. Read more.
by Fr. Edward T. Oakes
Taming the Tongue
As a little child, I remember going to the doctor on the odd occasions when I fell ill. The doctor would ask me what was wrong with me, but before I could give him any kind of answer, he'd tell me to stick my tongue out! It didn't take long for me to realize that he didn't really care what I told him; all he was interested in was my tongue, which apparently told him more about my state of my physical health than anything I might have said.
by Aneel Aranha
Holiness, the Church, and the Road Less Traveled
Before I was a bishop and even before I was a priest, I became a Capuchin Franciscan. The Capuchins were a reform movement within the Franciscan community. They wanted to get back to the real St. Francis; the radical, simple St. Francis. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that Francis of Assisi has always had a big place in my life. Read more.
by Rev. Charles J. Chaput
Dismantling The Da Vinci Code
by Sandra Miesel
The Holy Grail is a favorite metaphor for a desirable but difficult-to-attain goal, from the map of the human genome to Lord Stanley’s Cup. While the original Grail normally inhabits the pages of Arthurian romance, Dan Brown’s recent best-seller, The Da Vinci Code, rips it away to the realm of esoteric history. But his book is more than just the story of a quest for the Grail—he wholly reinterprets the Grail legend.
Introducing: HSI Youth
Holy Spirit Interactive is proud to present HSI Youth, a brand new semi-independent site dedicated entirely to young adults! With tons of articles on the best in Christian music, devotional essays and stories, youth issues, answers to difficult questions about life, love and everything else, columns on hobbies and pets, guides to establishing a successful youth ministry, and much more, HSI Youth will educate as it entertains. Check it out with your younger friends!
A New Evangelization
Every Gospel begins with the invitation 'Come!', and ends with the command 'Go!'. Jesus first bids Peter, 'Come, Follow me' and then commands him, 'Go, Feed my sheep'. He first leads the three apostles up to the mountain top to pray with him and then brings them down to the plains to pray for the oppressed. He first calls on them to be evangelized and then sends them out to evangelize the nations.
by Fr. Rufus Pereira
The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World
Skeptics have fought a losing battle against belief in the devil for years. “What are the Church’s greatest needs at the present time?” Pope Paul VI asked in November 1972. “Don’t be surprised at our answer and don’t write it off as simplistic or even superstitious: One of the Church’s greatest needs is to be defended against the evil we call the Devil.”
by Tom Hoopes
Solving the Puzzle of Natural Family Planning
Mary Drake was in a dilemma. The 34-year-old Catholic from rural Minnesota wanted to follow what many, both inside and outside the Faith, regard as a difficult teaching of the Church: the ban against the use of contraception. Unfortunately, she had to convince Tim, her deeply skeptical, non-Catholic fiancé. "I guess you'd have to say I was pro-contraception," Tim recalls.
by Charlotte Hays
God is called by various names and is given varied attributes in the Bible. To us his children, however, his most significant name is 'God our Father', and his most cherished attribute is 'God is Love'. Why? The logic is unmistakable in the astonishing parallelism and the more amazing polarity between our earthly fathers and our heavenly Father. "As bad as you are," Jesus said, "you still know how to give good things to your children. How many more good things will your heavenly Father give to people who ask Him!"
by Fr. Rufus Pereira
The Problem of Evil
As an advocate of the Intelligent Design movement, I’m very often confronted with the following rather pointed criticism: “Well, if the world is designed, then we’ve got to blame the designer for all of the evil in it, don’t we? Backaches and headaches, cancer, cats playing with mice, parasites, floods, Nazis, slavery, starving children—the whole mess would have to be laid at the designer’s door.”
by Benjamin D. Wiker
The Sword of the Spirit
No war has ever been won by a defending army. The army to win has always been the army that went on the offensive, the army that attacked and advanced, the army that demolished the enemy's strongholds, and set prisoners of war free. While the Armor of God provides us with excellent defences, there is one item in the armory that not only lets us defend ourselves, but also enables us to go on the offensive, putting the enemy to flight. It is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
by Aneel Aranha
What is Truth?
Pontius Pilate asked the basic question for all humanity when he asked Jesus, “What is Truth?” The irony of the scene is powerful and poignant because the Eternal Truth stood before him incarnate as a human person. In John 14 Jesus had said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” Later in the gospel Peter said, “Where else shall we go Lord, but to you? You alone have the words of eternal life.” So the Christian answer is that Jesus himself is the Truth.
by Dwight Longenecker
The Shroud of Turin
Many of the faithful sincerely believe that the Shroud of Turin is the actual burial cloth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Without declaring its authenticity, Pope John Paul II has clearly attested to the value of the Shroud. For instance, in 1980, the Holy Father stated, "The Holy Shroud, the most splendid relic of the passion and the resurrection."
by Fr. William Saunders
Contraception: Why Not?
We live in a culture that thinks that contraception is one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind. If you were to ask people if they wanted to give up their car or their computer or their contraceptive, it would be a hard choice to make. Yet, there's this archaic church that tells us that, really, this is one of the worst inventions of mankind.
by Janet E. Smith
Brief Reflections on Euthanasia
Euthanasia is not a future problem. It is a present problem. It is happening now and becoming increasingly accepted. And we are asleep, not realizing that the road we are on will lead to the massive elimination of the elderly and "incompetent," and anyone else considered to be a burden to society. It's time we all are fully informed about what is going on, and what the appropriate response should be.
by Fr. Frank A. Pavone
The Church's Attitude Towards Miracles
The Jews of old and Christians up through the 18th century had little or no problem with the concept of miracles in general, nor with the possibility of their occurrence in their own time and place. All that changed dramatically under the influence of the rationalism fostered by the Enlightenment, with names like Descartes, Spinoza, Voltaire, and Hume as the prime protagonists. What happened? Read More
by Fr. Peter Stravinskas
Are Catholics Born Again?
“Have you been born again?” the Fundamentalist at the door asks the unsuspecting Catholic. The question is usually a segue into a vast doctrinal campaign that leads many ill-instructed Catholics out of the Catholic Church. How? By making them think there is a conflict between the Bible and the Catholic Church over being “born again.” Read More
by Mark Brumley
Introducing: HSI Kids
Holy Spirit Interactive is pleased to present the Kids Zone, a new section specially designed for children, to help them learn about the Christian faith in a manner that is lively and fun. Kids Zone features Bible stories, arts and crafts, themed puzzles, fables, answers to questions kids frequently ask, rearing pets, and other great stuff, all to be updated on a regular basis. Have your children visit the Kids Zone — and hang about a bit yourself; you might enjoy it too!
12 Myths Every Catholic Should Be Able To Answer
Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, they'll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And that's the case with the 12 claims we're about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare, though worth addressing. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. Read more
by Deal Hudson
5 Myths about 7 Books
People don't talk much about the deuterocanon these days. The folks who do are mostly Christians, and they usually fall into two general groupings: Catholics — who usually don't know their Bibles very well and, therefore, don't know much about the deuterocanonical books, and Protestants — who may know their Bibles a bit better, though their Bibles don't have the deuterocanonical books in them anyway, so they don't know anything about them either. Read more
by Mark Shea
A Basic Theology of Marriage
The twentieth century witnessed significant developments in the Church’s theology of marriage, beginning with Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Casti Connubii, passing through the Second Vatican Council and Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, and culminating in the manifold writings and original insights of Pope John Paul II. In fact, over two thirds of what the Catholic Church has ever said about marriage in her 2000 year history has come from John Paul II’s pontificate. Read more
by Christopher West
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