We are excited to reintroduce the Catholic East Texas magazine. We are doing our best to provide content that you care about. You’ll find articles about the Catholic Faith, the liturgical calendar, our seminarians, social issues, and much more. Our top focus is excellent content. Be on the lookout for new articles that tell the stories of the lives of Catholics in East Texas. We are analyzing how we can provide this magazine in print form, which is much more costly than publishing online. We would greatly appreciate your help in making the decision.
By Angelina Estrada – If I had to give advice to someone thinking of becoming a catechist I would say what Fr. Victor said, “there’s no better time than now.” If God is calling you to serve, let the Holy Spirit guide you and do not be afraid to put yourself out there.
By Ann Burns – When we dress solely to express “ourselves,” we place ourselves at the center, believing that we should be able to dress how we please because it is about satisfying our own egos. It is turned inward — glorifying our own vanity and incapable of bearing fruit.
On the other hand, when we choose modesty, we choose to communicate something good and wonderful. Modesty partakes in the eternal because it is of God— it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit— and the things of God are rich and timeless.
By Lindsey McMillan – The Knights of Columbus representing the Diocese of Tyler have had an active charitable presence within Catholic communities across East Texas. With thirty councils and 2,600 members, the Knights have set goals and surpassed them each year in their quest to meet the needs of the diocese. Since 1988, the Knights have contributed over $500,000 in charitable donations to the Diocese of Tyler.
By Deacon Keith Fournier – Today, in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar, we commemorate one of the greatest women saints of Christian history, Catherine of Siena. She is an outstanding example for all who follow Jesus Christ and desire the healing and unity of the Church in our own day. More than anything else, we need saints in this urgent hour.
By Robert L. Judge – In the midst of the frantic running around, doubt and skepticism of the disciples, Mary remained still and peaceful in the assurances of the promises of God and models for us true faith. She demonstrates what Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit said, “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Lk. 1:45). Calvary was not the end, it couldn’t be and Mary knew this.
By Elizabeth Slaten – Fr. Dominic explained that their mission is “the continuation of the mission of Jesus. It is always in unity with the poor and with the most abandoned. So, wherever the poor or the most abandoned, especially in the spiritual sense, we want to reach out to them.”
By Sonja Morin – At this age where we are choosing our careers, discerning our vocations, and finding “home” among loved ones, this is especially important to remember. There are circumstances in our lives which we can’t control. There are times when dreams are fulfilled, and times where our perfect visions fail. The unpredictability of life is probably the most certain fact about it.
CET Interview with Deanna Johnston – “I wish people understood how crucial their family is to the Body of Christ. Personally, I know it can be challenging for families to fall into comparing themselves to others and getting discouraged by what we don’t see. But recognizing that as individual families, if you are what God has called you to be, then you are living your domestic church to the best of your ability, as messy and loud and chaotic and simple as it can be.”
By Fr. John-Mary S. W. Bowlin, KCHS – We require purification after death before we can enter Heaven, because while all sins dirty the soul, not all of them are mortal, that is, deadly (1 John 5:16-17). The word traditionally used for this “prison” (using the image that Jesus used) by which we are cleansed “as through fire” is Purgatory.
By Dr. Donald DeMarco – Our hope is that the present pandemic serves as a catalyst that assists in a conversion of the heart. Our fear is that it will bring about discouragement that leads to an increase in suicide, abortion, and euthanasia. Our hope, therefore, must be stronger than our fear. History offers us inspirational characters who were able to advance through suffering from anonymity to greatness. We offer the examples of St. Paul of Tarsus, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and John Keats.